Julia Anderson-Miller studied drawing, painting and art history at Moorhead State University and the University of Minnesota. In 1982 she produced a performance piece based on her experience working as a waitress in Minneapolis while attending college. This dramatic foray (as Betty the Enlightened Waitress) led her to a six-year run as a cast member of What’s So Funny about Being Female, a revue at Dudley Riggs Comedy Theater.
Julia moved to Chicago in 1987 where she took a job as Art Director at Academy Chicago Publishers. She designed book jackets and illustrated many books, including MR. RACCOON AND HIS FRIENDS,by Sen. Eugene McCarthy and THE STORY OF MY LIFE by Augustus Hare. She also resumed painting,mainly in acrylics and water color.
Continued art education: Art Institute of Chicago (Adult classes) • Oxbow Summer School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI • Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais MN • Third Saturday drawing and painting at the Field Museum, Chicago.
Her work was shown in 1991 at Metal Works Gallery in an exhibit with Ozzy McMahon entitled Parallel Lives.
In 1992 she left her job to paint full time for two years.
Julia’s paintings were exhibited solo at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York In 1995.
The Citadel Press in New York published her book, DREAMS OF BILL, a Collection of Funny, Strange and Downright Peculiar Dreams about Our President, Bill Clinton (1994). It received many positive reviews and was the subject of international media attention.
In the spring of 2005 Julia’s watercolors, some based on her theory of how the universe began, were in a joint show with Emese Wood at Metal Works Gallery. Also at Metal Works Gallery in the summer of that same year, Julia showed her watercolors in a group show.
Studying with Peggy Macnamara at Oxbow, 2006 and drawing many hours at the Field Museum has inspired the watercolor series of vases, birds, insects and fish.
Exhibition 2008 bâan Home 5053 North Clark Street Chicago
Exhibition 2010 Gethsemane Garden Art Fair, 5739 North Clark Street
Exhibition 2011 Gethsemane Garden Art Fair, 5739 North Clark Street
She currently works as Director of Design Services at a Chicago corporation.