Julie U. Libersat, M.F.A. is an Assistant Professor of Art, Design and Technology in the Visual Arts Department at Texas Woman’s University. As a visual artist and art educator, Libersat values the importance of creativity and play in education.
Born in Kerala, India and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Libersat received a B.F.A. in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. She earned an M.F.A. in New Media from the University of North Texas in 2016 and completed her Masters in Art Education the following year as an Onstead Masters Fellow. Prior to moving to DFW, she spent eight years in Kerala India where she taught art at the elementary and secondary levels in an English immersion school.
Libersat is an active professional artist with exhibitions in the US and abroad, including shows at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, The Center for Art and Culture in France, Currents International New Media Festival, Paseo Taos and Museo de la Ciudad de México. She has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, the 2014 Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) FUNd grant and the Velma and Davis Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art. She has a solo exhibition this March at Women and Their Work Gallery in Austin, Texas.
Her research intersects technology, creativity and pedagogy, exploring the creative potential of mobile applications and games for structuring playful and critical interactions with our environment. Her co-authored paper, ROAM: Walking, Mapping, and Play: Wanderings in Art and Art Education was published in Studies in Art Education in 2016. She continues to develop curriculum that integrates visual art and technology for all ages. As a consultant to the education department of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, she helped develop a curriculum for digital fabrication. This past September, as a visiting artist with the Teen Artist Project at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, she collaborated with the students to create an interactive game for museum visitors.