Julie Lohnes is currently the Director and Curator of Art Collections and Exhibitions at Union College, Schenectady, NY. Lohnes earned her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, with a focus on video, sculpture and installation, and her B.F.A. from Boston University, in painting with a minor in art history. She has more than 20 years of experience working in contemporary art galleries, including as Executive Director of the not-for-profit, A.I.R. Gallery, the first artist collective for women in the United States. She also held the director position at DFN Gallery in New York City and Chase Gallery in Boston. She has curated and organized numerous exhibitions including “The Detours of the Possible” at Les Territoires, Montreal, Canada; “Fence 50 / 1965-2015: Select" at the Art Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY; and most recently “Probability & Uncertainty” at the Mandeville Gallery, Union College.
Julie has participated in many panel discussions, most notably as moderator of “Transnationalism and Women Artists in Diaspora” at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum, and as co-moderator of "Women in the Arts,” at Opalka Gallery, Sage College, in Albany. She co-authored “Tripping the Black Fantastic at a PWI: or, how Afrofuturist exhibitions in an academic library changed everything," in Alexandria: The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues. She has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization re-grant program from 2017 - 2019 and has volunteered for not-for-profit organizations including Artcetera, an AIDS Action Biennial art benefit in Boston. Additionally, she has taught professional development workshops on writing resumes and artists statements, and website development strategies for artists.
Lohnes is a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, the American Alliance of Museum, and the College Art Association.