Julie Nauman-Mikulski is a visual artist working in mixed media collage, an educator teaching graphic design, and a graphic designer working with non-profit clients. For her twelfth birthday she received a diary that she attributes to engendering a lifelong fascination with memory, personal narratives, identity and dreams. In 2017 Julie completed a 200+ page book titled, Secrets inside Shadows, later purchased by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Art Institute of Chicago. This book was the culmination of a lifetime of visualizing, writing, notating and collecting; it explored concepts of time, order/disorder and the surreal spectacle of dreams. Recently her work has evolved to include the concept of interdependent entanglement: self/other, waking/dreams, nature/human environments. Julie earned an MFA from the University of Chicago, a BFA (painting and drawing) from SAIC, and a BA (graphic design) from Iowa State University. She has exhibited her work in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands.