Julie Poitras Santos lives in Portland, Maine. In her current work, diverse materials create installations and site-specific performances that investigate ritualized actions, narrative landscapes and liminal spaces. Also a writer, her research interests include areas where art and language intersect, including contemporary poetry, ekphrasis, and theories of translation.
In 2012, Poitras Santos curated and created work for a five-person exhibition at the Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick, Maine that was accompanied by a catalogue with curatorial essay. Her solo and collaborative work has been exhibited domestically and internationally, including exhibitions at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Spain; Reykjanesbaer Art Museum in Iceland; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado. She has attended residencies and created performances and projects in the United States, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Iceland; residency highlights include working at the NES Artists Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland in 2009, the European Ceramic Work Center, in 's-Hertogenbosch, NL in 2005, and the Vermont Studio Center in 2004. Poitras Santos has received many grants and awards, including a recent Good Idea Contemporary Art Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and a Boulder Arts Commission Major Grant from the Boulder City Council in Colorado in 2002.
Julie Poitras Santos received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, and received a Bachelors of Science in Geology and English from Tufts University in 1990. She has taught sculpture at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and studio art in the MFA program at Maine College of Art. From 2004-2007, Poitras Santos lived in Barcelona, Spain and worked as the Artistic Director of the Can Serrat Artists' Residency program, in Montserrat National Park from 2006-2007.