A waist-up black-and-white headshot of Julianna Foster.

MFA '06 (Book Arts & Printmaking)

Photography (BFA)

Julianna Foster is an associate professor in the Photography and Art BFA programs at University of the Arts. 


Julianna Foster earned a BFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001 and an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from University of the Arts in 2006. Foster has been included in numerous exhibits and publications (see below), is a self-published author of the books lone hunter and to lean on the bend, and the creator of the award-winning photographic series Geographical Lore


  • Foster’s work and two interviews with photographers were featured in the publication Constructed: The Contemporary History of the Constructed Image in Photography Since 1990, published by Routledge. 

  • Select exhibitions include Shifting Ecologies at the Maguire Museum, Merion, Pennsylvania; the Exposure Festival in Alberta, Canada; Modern Art Oxford; Photo Oxford; GESTE Paris’ The Truth in Disguise in Paris, France, during Paris Photo; and group exhibitions at Filter Photo in Chicago and Medium Photo in San Diego. 

  • Other projects and publications include work in magazines such as Conveyor, Cleaver, Good Game, Proof, and Shots Magazine, a quarterly journal of black and white photography. 

  • She has exhibited work nationally and internationally and is included in private collections across the country.

  •  Foster has collaborated with various artists on projects that include creating artist multiples, artist books, and series of photographs and video. 


Visit Julianna Foster’s website.

Awards & Accolades

  • Foster has been recognized numerous times, including as

    • a 2022 artist in residence at Camp Colton, Colton, Oregon;

    • a 2020–2022 artist in residence, Fitler Club, Philadelphia;

    • an artist-in-residence, Philadelphia Photo Art Center; 

    • a finalist, Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia;

    • a Community Supported Artist, a project organized by Grizzly Grizzly Gallery in Philadelphia; and 

    • a 2020 CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) finalist for her project Geographical Lore.

  • She also received the 2021 President’s Distinguished Teaching Award at University of the Arts.

Photo by German Ayala Vazquez BFA ’20 (Photography)