Julie Mehretu was born in 1970 in Ethiopia. After studies in Senegal, she received her BFA from Kalamazoo College and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Mehretu was a CORE fellow at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX in 1998-99. Mehretu currently lives and works in New York, NY. She has shown throughout Texas and the United States, including solo exhibitions at Barbara Davis Gallery and Project Row Houses, Houston, TX. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (1999); Diverseworks Artspace, Houston, TX (1998); Exit Art, New York, NY (1999); and the Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, TX (1999). In 2000, her work drew attention in New York with its visibility in P.S. 1’s Greater New York. Her work is currently included in the exhibition Painting at the Edge of the World at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. MN. Upcoming projects in 2001 include Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; and a solo exhibition at The Project, New York, NY.