Julie Curtis received the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for Drawing and Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters. She holds an undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. Curtis was awarded the Josef Albers Scholarship to study at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, before earning her MFA in Design. Her hybrid art and design involvement includes a 16-year professional design career prior to her 22 year commitment to teaching design and drawing at Northeastern University. As a practicing designer, Curtis worked with a wide variety of clients and received awards for design from Graphis International; Yale University; American Institute of Graphic Arts; Society of Typographic Arts; New York Type Directors Club; and Texas Association of Museums; as well as multiple awards from the Art Directors Club of Boston, including Gold and Silver Medals.
Ms. Curtis worked and studied with Josef Albers, Arnold Bittleman, Inge Druckrey, Walker Evans, Armin Hoffman, Norman Ives, Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, and Sewell Sillman. In addition to her years at Northeastern, where she was head of Graphic Design for many years, she has taught at Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, and Boston University.