ART IS A FORM OF VULNERABILITY AND RISK-TAKING WHERE WE SHARE INTIMATE IDEAS WITH OTHERS IN HOPES OF FINDING CONNECTION.
— Julia Franklin for Dan Troxell's "What Is Art" campaign for Des Moines' 2019 Art Week
“Picking Up the Pieces” expands into an immersive experience to better tell the story of the unexpected and mysterious death of Julia’s father in 1990.  Helene Center Galleries, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, Winter 2019

“Picking Up the Pieces” expands into an immersive experience to better tell the story of the unexpected and mysterious death of Julia’s father in 1990.

Helene Center Galleries, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, Winter 2019

“Illuminated” is a small installation of an intimate dining room that offered weekly potluck dinner parties to spark conversations and share memories over food and fellowship. Set in a glassed-in former gas station, the nostalgic space provided public glimpses of private moments.  OL Guild, Valley Junction, West Des Moines, Iowa, in Spring 2019

“Illuminated” is a small installation of an intimate dining room that offered weekly potluck dinner parties to spark conversations and share memories over food and fellowship. Set in a glassed-in former gas station, the nostalgic space provided public glimpses of private moments.

OL Guild, Valley Junction, West Des Moines, Iowa, in Spring 2019

Julia Franklin's promotional video for Picking Up The Pieces, an interactive installation that will premier in Winter 2019. This explains the origins and motivations behind the project and illustrates one process used to preserve some documents and images in the upcoming show.

This video, made by DEFT films, walks you through “Picking Up the Pieces” interactive installation while I narrate what motivates me to collect and display found objects, especially these that memorialize my father who died in 1990.

Picking Up the Pieces  Farnham Galleries, Simpson College 2017

Picking Up the Pieces

Farnham Galleries, Simpson College 2017

Lost & Found Exhibition - Des Moines Social Club January 2015

Lost & Found Exhibition - Des Moines Social Club January 2015

A Vision In White - Installation in Constance Gallery January 2011

A Vision In White - Installation in Constance Gallery January 2011

The Skin Show - Installation in Constance Gallery February 2015

The Skin Show - Installation in Constance Gallery February 2015

Landscapes - Exhibition in Constance Gallery August 2006

Landscapes - Exhibition in Constance Gallery August 2006

Selections of other works

Selections of other works