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Artist in Residence Alumna, Julie Anand

"Living on the edge of the world was one of the greatest privileges of my lifetime. The residency allowed for a deep dive into my art practice and I'll forever remember evening walks amongst the bats along the trail of time."

Public Programs

While at Grand Canyon, Julie Anand organized several River Print workshops where she and park visitors made cloth cyanotype murals of the canyon’s native fish species after short presentations by park fish biologists. She also worked collaboratively on several projects with longtime artistic partner, Damon Sauer. Together they created a series of time-based explorations, including an archive of seventy video portraits of visitor responses to the canyon. Sauer and Anand further created a series of large-scale photographs of the interior depths of the canyon. In February of 2024, their work will be presented in an exhibition at Flagstaff’s Beasley Gallery of Northern Arizona University.

About the Artist

Julie Anand

Photo of Julie Anand
Residency: July 13 through August, 2023

Julie Anand is a desert-loving artist and educator. She is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University. Her projects, informed by a background in ecology and geology, often explore material culture, body/land relations and issues of interdependency. ​​​​​​​ 

Parallel to her solo work, Anand sustains a collaborative art practice with her partner Damon Sauer. Their project Ground Truth has appeared in Wired, Harper’s, National Geographic, and Hyperallergic. This work was exhibited at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC and is held in the collections of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  

During her residency, Julie hosted a river print workshop the weekend of July 29-30 for the public where participants had the opportunity to learn about Grand Canyon’s native fish while collaboratively creating a large-scale cyanotype surprint on fabric. This family-friendly event invited viewers to compose silhouettes of fish shapes using a 19th century photographic process.

Julie and friends hold up their finished print.

Julie leads the public in a river print workshop along the Grand Canyon's South Rim