Julia March Crocetto is an artist working at the intersection of ecology and craft, influenced by living and working in many parts of the American West. Her research- and process-based practice employs printmaking, fiber arts, and sculpture. Through creative mapping, she synthesizes her observations of the “Post-Frontier” West, transforming materials and layering processes in a manner analogous to her emotional responses. Leveraging the visual languages of textiles and contemporary resources such as satellite imagery, she investigates water and land use and her own recollections of the West.
Years of working as a professional observer – naturalist, guide, and park ranger – inform her outlook as artist and educator. As a non-traditional student she earned her B.F.A. summa cum laude in Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico and her Master of Fine Art at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Crocetto’s list of honors includes Artist-in-Residence for 970West Studios at the Mesa County Libraries and 2004 Holland/Alaska Cultural Exchange invitee. Her work is held in public and private collections and has been shown internationally. She has taught workshops for children and adults since 1985. She has lived and worked in Kansas, Wyoming, Alaska, Oregon, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Colorado. Currently, she teaches art at Colorado Mesa University and lives on Ute land in the Upper Colorado Basin with fellow artist Tony Crocetto.