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“To have the access to a liberal education and the breadth of courses that were offered, that were available for us to choose from, was very beneficial to me as an artist. We weren’t just stuck in our art world bubble; we were able to bring things from other disciplines into our projects.”

JULIE UPMEYER // CLASS OF 2003 // B.F.A. WITH EMPHASIS IN CERAMICS // VISUAL ARTIST, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Julie Upmeyer’s international path began with an internship in Amsterdam with renowned artist Cyril Lixenberg. Later she was invited to an artist residency in Istanbul where she has made a living and a life of art, travel, international connectedness, and learning ever since.

PUTTING LIBERAL EDUCATION TO WORK

More and more employers are recognizing the value of well-rounded, broadly educated employees, and Grand Valley’s liberal education foundation meets that need by preparing students to be lifelong learners, active leaders, critical thinkers, and global citizens. Whatever your degree, you can count on being ready for a fulfilling life in a fast-changing world.

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See Julie’s full video interview.