Hello!  I am julie dzikiewicz

 

I didn’t have much of an opinion on history classes as a child—they never seemed relevant to my life. After all, history was the tale of men: great men, awful men, and men who walked the grey in between. 

History didn’t connect with me until five years ago when I rented a studio and started painting at the Workhouse Arts Center. This place used to be called the Occoquan Workhouse until prison beds were carted out and drywall carried in. 

Suddenly I was putting brush to canvas in the same place that suffragists refused to put fork to mouth, where they engaged in hunger strikes that swayed the opinion of a nation and won them—won me—the right to vote. While some men were allies in the movement, women led, women fought; women undeniably filled the history books.

I was filled with rage and wonder that almost no one else knew this history. Clearly, something needed to be done about this.  I began a series of paintings honoring the suffragists. As I worked, I saw that the story didn’t end in 1920, so I painted contemporary women who advanced the fight.

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Artomatic 2024

I have two paintings in my show at Artomatic. One is titled "Nancy Pelosi: Know your Power" and the other is "Suffrage Cat." This art event takes place at 2100 M Street, NW, Washington Dc and runs from March 8-April 28.  Please come see me and my art on the fourth...

Last painting of 2023

" Before the Trees Caught Fire," 60"x60," encaustic with wire and Swarovski crystals, 2023 This painting is part of my series on Global Warming and reflects a visit to see the Redwood and Sequoiya trees in California. There is something magical about being in the...

“Global Warming Show”

I am pleased to announce my solo show "Global Warming" is open from April 5-May 7, 2023 at Building 5 Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia. Show opens on April 8 from 6-9pm. This show was inspired by predictions of rising sea levels, dramatic weather changes,...

virtual show “She persisted”

I am creating a virtual show of what would have hung this month at Monmouth University ( )https://www.monmouth.edu/mca/event/she-persisted-julia-dzikiewicz/. Once a week, I will publish a video of a painting, so you can see the show without leaving your living...

Celebrating Women

I am pleased to announce that three of my Suffragist Mosaics were selected for the show... Celebrating Women For Women, By Women, About Women  February 16 - March 24 , 2023 "The artwork in this show celebrates the essence, the variety and the many accomplishments...

“Roe 2.0”

I am pleased to announce that my painting "Roe V Wade" is part of a virtual show at Women Made Gallery. Show runs from January 28-March 4, 2023 CHICAGO ––Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is proud to present Roe 2.0 in direct protest and response to the United States Supreme...

WETA ARTS

WETA Special Edition I never thought I would be on WETA, especially in the start of the pandemic. I moved out of my studio and into my living room. There, among my cats, I set up an easel and started painting. My husband, the film maker, took the footage as I tried...

Solo Show

"Women's March," encaustic with encaustic printed paper, lights, cast wax hands and yarn.  I am pleased to announce that my next solo show will run from August 1st- September 30th, 2022 at the Pollak Gallery, Monmouth University,.400 Cedar Avenue West, Long...

How to Make a Mask

Isn't it tiring wearing those same old cloth masks when going out?Want to make a really cool mask instead? When I am not painting in my studio, I am finding time to learn new art techniques. I made these three masks with products from Smooth On . If you want to create...

A world turned upside down

Life for many of us changed during Covid. Here is how I found artistic inspiration in the middle of a pandemic.  Instead of visiting the National Gallery of Art, I dusted off old art books and opened them. As you might guess, I have a couple of books on Frida Kahlo. I...

Organizing your art

So you have a ton of art and want to have some way to know how much you have, where it is, what types you have, what exhibitions are coming up and so on.  I used to keep my work in my basement and made image files of it which I stored on various thumb drives. I had a...