A lifelong doodler, Julie Murphy lives in Chicago where she draws pictures, edits video, illustrates for clients and occasionally exhibits in galleries. Professionally, she has taken a circuitous route through a diverse array of day-jobs in a wide assortment of fields, including administrative assistant for a pharmacology nomenclature group, video editor, bartender, grocery store cashier, printmaking teacher assistant, script reader, art department coordinator for television, stop-motion animation prop designer, production assistant, bank employee, radio station assistant, receptionist, waitress in a retirement home, and children’s shoe salesman. These diverse work experiences have fueled an inclination towards the absurd, in addition to supplementing a rainbow of character studies for artistic creations.
Julie earned a BFA degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design in California, as well as a BS degree in radio/television/film from Northwestern University. She has participated in group art shows in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Waxahachie, Brooklyn, Seoul, Sacramento, San Diego, Portland, and Nashville. In 2014, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events hosted her first solo exhibition of drawings at the City Gallery of the historic Water Tower. Her artwork has appeared in American Illustration 26-28, 31, 34-35 and Communication Arts Illustration Annual 57. Her illustrations have appeared in publications including Soldes Almanach, Poetry Magazine, Global Brief, National Parks Magazine, Fantagraphics' Beasts! and LA Weekly. Two pieces of her artwork were used as set decoration for the 2015 film, Chi-Raq, directed by Spike Lee.
As a board member of ICON9 The Illustration Conference 2016 in Austin, TX, Julie served as the Workshop Chair. Additionally, she co-curated and edited the first ICON Motion showcase, Motion Commotion. She is now Co-President of ICON10 which will take place July 11-14, 2018 in Detroit.