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Julia DePinto

College of Arts and Sciences: Art and Design


Email: Julia DePinto
Phone: 937-229-3237
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  • MFA, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., 2014
  • BFA, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 2011


Julia DePinto is a Columbus-based artist. She completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts at the University of Connecticut and received a BFA in Printmaking from Wright State University. Her interdisciplinary studio practice explores the discourse of contemporary self-portraiture by combining traditional and experimental approaches to printmaking and photography with the tools of smart technology and design. Highly emotive self-portraits are used as a conduit for contextualizing social and political commentary, including the societal structures placed on women in advertising and digital spaces. DePinto’s work has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including the Duoro Museum, Boston University, Illinois State University and Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Her work has been featured in Art New England, Fresh Paint and Studio Visit magazines, and is also held in collections nation-wide. DePinto currently teaches in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Dayton.


My practice includes appropriating film stills and photographs from lonesome performance pieces executed without the presence of an audience. The images are transferred to lithographic plates and silkscreens and printed through different inking applications. Images of self-portraits are used as a conduit for contextualizing social and political commentary, including the societal structures placed on women and recent political happenings in the United States. The layering of imagery is a paradigm for the unfolding and deconstructing work of artists who have used their bodies as a confrontational medium to release frustrations concerning social injustices and the ownership of discussion about sexuality.

Faculty Perspective

Teaching is an important part of my long-term professional goals and is a fulfilling component to my personal art practice. I aspire for my students to reach a deep level of understanding in the historical, theoretical and conceptual constructs of the media through the application of traditional and contemporary approaches. As an artist and educator, I also strive to provide students with the means to find their own voice, to think critically about their work, and to provide the support needed for the students to arrive at their own solutions. The ability to create art must be coupled with the ability to critically discuss it. I desire to provide students the structure for success and reasoning outside of the classroom and to truly understand how to speak within the evolving language of visual culture.

Professional Activities

  • Programming Committee Chair, Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative, Columbus, OH
  • Artist, Lunch Money Print, New Haven, CT
  • Member, Mid America Print Council, USA
  • Member, Southern Graphics Council International, USA
  • Member, College Art Association, New York, NY
  • Featured Artist & Member, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

Research Interests

  • Women’s studies/ gender studies
  • Experimental & traditional approaches to printmaking & photography
  • Design & new technologies
  • Performance art
  • Culture, politics, the economy, social issues/ injustices, etc.
  • Leisurely interests include: traveling, backpacking, snowboarding, the outdoors.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Jimmy Outhwaite and Jefferson Pires, “Best of 2017,” Creativ Paper Magazine, December 2017.

 “Artist Statement #2,” Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Sept. 2017.

Jimmy Outhwaite and Jefferson Pires, “Creative Spotlight: Julia DePinto,” Creativ Paper Magazine, May 17, 2017.

Jimmy Outhwaite and Jefferson Pires, “Issue Three: Interview w. Julia DePinto,” Creativ Paper Magazine, April 2017.

Amy Lilly, “The Arts Army: Vermont,” Art New England Online. March/April 2017. 

Monika Proffitt, “Artists to Lookout For,” Starry Night Magazine, Vol. 2. December 2015.

Ekaterina Popova, Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 9. October 2015.

Steven T. Zevitas, Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 29. July 2015.

Sharon Butler, “Unclaimed Space, Sonetto @ Sideshow in Williamsburg,” Two Coats of Paint. May 14, 2014.