Art Associate Professor - Photography

Office: 541-737-5014
Other: 541-737-4745

Fairbanks Hall

Fairbanks Hall 324

220 NW 26th Street

220 NW 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331

Associate Professor, Oregon State University 2017 - date

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University 2012 - 2017

Assistant Professor, CSU Fresno 2008 - 2012


Professional Affiliations: 

Society for Photographic Educators

College Arts Association


BA Communication, Santa Clara University, California

MFA Photography, San Jose State University


Art Program Coordinator 2017 - 2018

Photography and Digital Studio area coordinator - 2012 - 2018

 2015 – date     University Campus Outdoor Art Committee

2016 – 2017     CLA Curriculum Committee

2014 – 2016     CLA Student Review and Appeals Committee

2016                 Selection Committee for Public Art at the Valley Football Center 

2014 – 2015     Selection Committee for Public Art for the Tebeau Hall

2013 – 2014     Selection Committee for Public Art for the Business Building

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Julia Bradshaw is Associate Professor of Photography and New Media Communications at Oregon State University. She teaches all levels of photography classes, video art, landmarks in media content, and new media visualization. Her research interests center on the history and technology of photography with particular emphasis on art and data and art and the environment. She received her MFA from San José State University with an emphasis on photography and video art.

As an artist, Bradshaw photographs well-used institutional spaces. Previous research projects center on the material and production properties of photography and also flatness and abstraction in contemporary photography. Other projects are more responsive to her social environment such as being a foreigner or reading. Unable to separate the theoretical and the creative in her art practice, Bradshaw describes her projects in context of the work of other photographers and theorists engaged with similar concerns.

Bradshaw’s video-art and photography projects exhibit throughout the United States, The Netherlands, Poland, and Germany. Her artist book “Flying” is in the Getty Research Collection. Her print “Working Back-Up” is in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco collection and the Oakland Museum of Art.

As an arts organizer, Bradshaw was a board member for the Society for Photographic Education from West region from 2010 - 2012 and co-organized two regional conferences in Oakhurst (2009) and in San Diego (2010). In 2017, she was the Chair of the Society of Photographic Education North West region conference hosted by Oregon State University. In 2007 she worked as the volunteer coordinator for the ZER01 arts and technology festival in San José. She was also the founding member and organizer of the Book Arts Jam in 2002 and 2003 in the Bay Area – an event now in its seventeenth year.

As a curator, Bradshaw organized a number of exhibitions in California and in Oregon. In 2017, she curated “Totality” a group exhibition of artworks concerned with our human relationship to Space; this coincided with the 2017 solar eclipse at Fairbanks Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon. Also in 2017, she curated or organized a series of exhibitions in conjunction with the SPENW regional conference. Of note was the exhibition of work by Christopher Russell and Rafael Soldi at the Corvallis Art Center and Nicole Jean Hill and Alexis Pike at Fairbanks Gallery on the Oregon State University campus. In 2011, she assembled an exhibition on the topic of “Air-Travel” at Corridor 2122 in Fresno, which included works by Hasan Elahi, Aaron Koblin, t.w. five, Stephen Dent, Stephen Chalmers, Leslie Batty, and Jonathan Brilliant. From 2000 – 2004 she assisted in the curation of several book-arts exhibitions in the Bay Area.

As a writer, Bradshaw published several reviews in afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism and wrote over twenty articles for the online blog ArtShift San José. Her research essay on the photography in the Fresno Feminist Art Program was published in Exposure, The Journal of the Society for Photographic Education.

Affiliated with: 
School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts
OSU Main Campus
Courses Taught: 

Digital Photography, Video Art, History of Photography, Landmarks in Media Content, Conceptual Approaches to Digital Imaging, Photography: History, Technology, Culture, and Art, Portfolio: Photography and Video Art


Proceedings and Conference Presentations: 

“Photography about Photography” presented at “Transmedia” Society for Photographic Educators Regional Conference, 10 – 12 October, 2014 Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Julia Bradshaw “Photographic Series” presented at “On the Brink – Photography as Witness” Society for Photographic Educators Regional Conference, 12- 13 October, 2013 Humboldt State University, Humboldt, California

“Photography and the Post-medium Condition” presented at Conferring Significance: Celebrating Photography’s Continuum, National Conference, Society for Photographic Education, March 7-10 2013, Chicago, Illinois.

Julia Bradshaw “Photographic Series” presented at the Society for Photographic Educators National Conference, March, 2007, Miami, Florida