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Works of Julie Bowland featured in TU Art Gallery

Primarily a landscape painter, Julie Bowland uses oil paint to focus on color. Her works are mostly created while outdoors so that she can experience nature as she creates. Sometimes Bowland paints from a canoe or kayak to capture remote waterways. 

“Color is everything to me,” she said. “It expresses intensity of emotion as it defines space and form. While color and form may be freely interpreted, it remains important to me to work from nature. I appreciate the directness and spontaneity of the dynamic, always changing conditions of the outdoors while I paint and draw. They create a joy and a challenge while I work, and I often have no idea how a painting will turn out. That spontaneity is the fun part.”

Based in Valdosta, Bowland teaches art and directs the Fine Arts Gallery at Valdosta State University. Formerly from Tallahassee, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Arizona State University.

Bowland’s work is included in private, public and corporate collections, including the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida; the City of Tallahassee Permanent Collection; Barnett Bank in Jacksonville, Florida; First South Bank in Tallahassee, Florida; and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Buchanan Museum of Fine Arts in Buchanan, Michigan and at the Kobro Gallery at the Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland.

Bowland’s work will be exhibited Oct. 30-Dec. 1 in the Thomas University Art Gallery, located inside the Student Life Center on TU’s Magnolia Campus at 1550 Magnolia St. in Thomasville. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; and 8 a.m.-noon Fridays.

A closing reception for the exhibit will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. 

For more information about the ACTU’s season, visit, call 229-227-6964 or email

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