Mixed media artist Juliana Coles, born in Evanston, IL, was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 1981. After studying Art, Contemporary Dance and English at Chicago’s Columbia College, Coles moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art University and receive her BFA in 1992. While attending art school, the artist developed “Visual Journaling,” an active meditation technique that accesses archetypal signs and symbols from the unconscious. Her Visual Journals have been featured in over 30 books and as part of the “1000 Journals Project" her work was exhibited at the SFMOMA. Coles has taught this process since 1997 in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Ecuador, Egypt, and in 2017 traveled to Portugal to facilitate an intensive Visual Journaling retreat. After teaching, Coles walked the Portugues Caminho to receive her Compostela in Santiago. In 2014 Coles published her first illustrated book, “Ghost Pirate; the Legend of Juana La Loca,” illuminating grief and loss.
The award-winning artist creates from her enchanted studio in Albuquerque, NM where a 2016 artist residency in Morocco greatly influenced and inspired a new body of work that was expanded upon at Otis College of Art and Design’s Inaugural Summer program June 2017. Coles was awarded the 2017 Clark Hulings Foundation Fellowship and having successfully completed the program’s rigorous requirements, achieved the 2018 Clark Hulings Foundation 2nd year Entrepreneurial status. Most recently, Coles presented her expressive paintings and drawings at the StARTup Fair LA where she was listed by Dale Youngman in Cartwheel Art online magazine as one of the top ten artists at the fair. Coles spoke on two panels at the Fair, The Future is Female; Women Artists Speak Truth to Power, panel discussion with moderator Joen Madonna, Executive Director San Francisco Art Span with panelists Gillian Keller and Ilaria Bochicchio. Coles also participated in Artist as Entrepreneur; Becoming the CEO of your Life, panel discussion with Ray Beldner Director/Founder of StartUp Art Fair, with Clark Hulings Foundation Board member Steve Pruneau and CHF Fellow Gregg Chadwick.