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Julie Tolentino

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Julie Tolentino (b. 1964, San Francisco; lives and works in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree) received an MFA from University of California, Riverside (2020). Tolentino is permanent faculty at California Institute of the Arts. Tolentino led queer club spaces such as Clit Club, Tattooed Love Child, and Dagger and was a member of ACT UP New York, Art Positive, and House of Color collectives. Exhibitions and performances have been held at Commonwealth and Council (2024, 2019, 2013); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2022); Aspen Art Museum (2020); Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, New York (2020); Performance Space New York (2019); Participant Inc, New York (2019, 2005); The Kitchen, New York (2019, 2001); EFA Project Space, New York (2019); 6th Annual Thessaloniki Biennale (2018); The Lab, San Francisco (2018); and New Museum, New York (2013), Performa, New York (2013, 2005). Tolentino is a recipient of Joyce Foundation Award (2023), Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Grant (2022), Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2021), Queer|Art|Prize for Sustained Achievement (2020), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Performance Award (2019), Fulcrum Arts Artist Honor (2019), Pieter Performance Dancemakers Grant (2018), Art Matters Foundation Award (2015, 2010), and CHIME Mentorship Award with J. Kidd (2012) and Doran George (2010). Tolentino has participated in residencies at Herb Alpert/Ucross (2021); MacDowell (2020); BOFFO, Fire Island (2018); Hope Mohr Bridge Project Community Engagement (2017-18); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2013-14); and PACT Zollverein, Essen (2012).