Julie Renée Jones was born and raised in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. There she learned how to transform the tedious, cookie cutter landscape of her neighborhood into magical, wild new worlds. In 2001 she learned how to do this with a camera, and hasn't looked back. Julie's work revolves around imagination, memory, and dreams as it clashes and melds with reality and the ordinary. She daydreams unapologetically and can be found chasing either spots of light or thunderstorms more often than not.


Master of Fine Arts, Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Illinois

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Art History, University of Dayton, Dayton Ohio

Selected Exhibitions

2017 | UMBRA, The Blue House Gallery, Dayton, Ohio [upcoming]

2016 | Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) .v2, Boeckercontemporary Art Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany

2016 | Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) .v2Curating Contemporary (online)

2016 | Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) .v2, Corridor Projects (Divisible), Dayton, Ohio 

2016 | The New Face of Film, FotoFilmic, Visual Arts Center at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

2016 | 80x80: An Art Show, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

2016 | Reciprocity, Dutoit Gallery, Dayton, Ohio

2016 | Artist by Artist, The Blue House Gallery, Dayton, Ohio

2016 | UMBRA, Ann Miller Gallery, Koch Hall, Wittenburg University, Springfield, Ohio

2016 | Space Jamz, Group Show 47, Humble Arts Foundation (online)

2015 | 8th Annual Fraction Holiday Print Sale, Fraction Magazine (online)

2015 | unearthed, University of Dayton, Gallery 249, Dayton, Ohio

2014 | FlakPhoto Midwest Print Show, Diane Endres Ballway-Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

2014 | Variations on Likeness: Keliy Anderson-Staley, Glenna Jennings, Julie Renée Jones, & Daniel McInnis, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, Ohio

2014 | All the Days and Nights, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2014 | Emerging Artists Auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art (online) 

2014 | ADP WRKSHP Pop-Up Exhibition, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 

2013 | Not Just Another Pretty Face 2013 Exhibition, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois

2013 | Making It Home, Unsmoke Systems Artspace, Braddock, Pennsylvania

2013 | City Space, Clarissa Bonet + Umbra, Julie Renée Jones, Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana

2013 | FotoFilmic’13, International Photography Exhibition, Positive Negative Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2013 | Archetype Drift, Johalla Projects, Chicago, Illinois

2013 | 16th International Opening, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 

2012 | Midwest Society for Photographic Education Members Exhibition, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Juried by Catherine Evans, curator at Columbus Museum of Art

2012 | Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition, the arcade, Chicago, Illinois

2012 | Ground Floor Exhibition, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois

2012 | Margate Photo Festival 3, three person exhibition, Pie Factory, Margate, Kent, United Kingdom. Juried by Charlotte Cotton, Raphaelle Stopin, Trish Morrissey, & Diane Smyth.

2012 | Alternative Realities, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont

2012 | PPAC’s 3rd Annual Photography Competition & Exhibition, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2012 | f8, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2012 | Voyeurism & Intimacy: The Public/Private Divide in Photography, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, California  

2011 | Relative Exposure, 310 conTEMPORARY Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 

2010 | While In Class…, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007 | Mount St. John, Marianist Residence Hall, Permanent exhibition, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

2007 | The Cline Show, Honorable Mention, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, Ohio

2007 | Beyond Exposure, Roesch Gallery, Dayton, Ohio


2012 | Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, Ohio

2012 | University of Dayton, Department of Art + Design, Dayton, Ohio 

2007 | University of Dayton, Summer Artist in Residence Program, Dayton, Ohio

Selected Publications

2016 | The Point, Issue 12, Summer 2016

2016 | “Pair,” C 41 Magazine, Issue 2

2014 | “Photons: Photography by Julie Renée Jones,” Telephone Magazine, Issue 21

2013 | Real Simple Features..., Real Simple Magazine

2012 | “Ground Floor: A Biennial Exhibition of New Art From Chicago,” Hyde Park Arts Center, introduction by Dawoud Bey

2012 | "Julie Renée Jones: Strangely Familiar,” feature and interview, The British Journal of Photography

Press & Features

2015 | New Issue of Fraction Magazine #73, featured portfolio, L'Oeil de la Photographie [The Eye of Photography]  (online)

2015 | Fraction Magazine, Issue 73 Fraction Magazine (online)

2015 | Julie Renée Jones transforms familiar into magical THISISPAPER Magazine (online)

2014 | Julie Renée Jones Aint-Bad Magazine (online)

2014 |Julie Renée Jones” The Raw Book (online)

2014 | “FlakPhoto Midwest Print Show” FlakPhoto (online)

2014 | “Preview FlakPhoto’s Midwest Print Show” American Photo (online)

2014 | “Let’s Face It: Variantion on Likeness at DVAC” Dayton City Paper (online & print)

2014 | “Dayton Visual Arts Center-Variations on Likeness” Fotofocus Biennial

2013 | “Umbra: Without Light There Can Be No Shadow” Indiana Public Media (online)

2013 | “Clarissa Bonet + Julie Renée Jones” Pictura Gallery (online)

2012 | “Ground Floor graduates” Chicago Tribune (online)

2012 | “Portraits of a Middle Class Childhood,” Feature Shoot (online)

2012 | “Julie Renée Jones,” Don/Dean Blog (online)

Visiting Artist, Lectures, Artist Talks, & Residencies

2016 |  Artist Lecture, Oregon State University

2016 | Exhibiting Artist Lecture, Wittenberg University, Springfield Ohio
Artist talk and solo exhibition

2014 | ADP Workshop: Ohio University, Ohio University, Athens Ohio
Artist talk and presentation for Communication, Photojournalism, Commercial Photography, and Fine Arts students; participant in panel on Documentary photography.

2013 | ADP Workshop 2013, Unsmoke Systems Artspace, Braddock Pennsylvania
Featured artist for artist talk and panel discussion 

2012 | Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago Illinois
Selected artist for an archive of approximately 70 Chicago-based artists for collaborative commissions for local communities, collectors, and HPAC members

2012 | MWSPE 2011/2012 Scholarship Recipients, Midwest Society of Photographic Education regional conference, Cincinnati Ohio
Image Maker presentation

2012 | Visiting Artist Series, University of Dayton, Dayton Ohio
Installation, Student Critiques, and Artist Talk

2009 | Visiting Artist for Summer Arts Camp, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton Ohio
Teacher in Foundation Photography Workshop, Special project with students, Lecture

2007 | Artist in Residence at the University of Dayton, Dayton Ohio
Created two unique installations of work for permanent exhibition in Marianist Hall over a four month period

Awards & Grants

2015 | Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award Grant, OAC

2013 | FotoFilmic’13 International Film Photography, Feature and Exhibition Winner, VnB

2012 | Albert P. Weisman Award, Project Completion Grant, Columbia College Chicago

2012 | Midwest SPE Scholarship, Society for Photographic Education: Midwest Region

2011 | John Mulvany Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago

2011 | Graduate Opportunity Award, Columbia College Chicago

2010 | Stuart and Iris Baum Project Completion Grant, Columbia College Chicago