Julie Farstad is an artist and Associate Professor of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. Born and raised in Elmira, New York, Farstad earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is represented by Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. She was awarded a residency at The Studios Inc in Kansas City in 2010 and her work was exhibited in Women to Watch 2010, Body of Work: New Perspectives in Figure Painting at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Most recently she had a 2014 solo exhibition of new work at Plug Projects in Kansas City.