Julia Couzens was born and raised in Auburn, California and received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1990.
Julia Couzens’s drawings and hybrid objects have been shown in Belgium, India, Japan, and throughout the United States. Her work is in numerous museum and public collections including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Butler Institute of American Art; Crocker Art Museum; Oakland Museum; Weatherspoon Art Museum; and Yale University. Her work has been recognized with a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship and in 2000 was presented at the Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Body and Soul: Exploring Objects -- Making Myths, Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New Art Examiner, Flash Art, and artpractical.com.
Couzens has taught as visiting artist and adjunct faculty at University of California, Davis and Santa Cruz; California State University, Sacramento; Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges; the San Francisco Art Institute; and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1994 she was awarded a yearlong residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Roswell, New Mexico. Couzens also writes on contemporary art for The Sacramento Bee and squarecylinder.com.
She lives and works at her home, Quinta Luz, on Merritt Island in the Sacramento River delta community of Clarksburg CA. She also maintains a studio in downtown L.A.