Julie Mehretu, an Ethiopian/American abstract printmaker and painter visited the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences headquarters on Wednesday July 13, 2016. The President, the Vice President and the Executive Director of the Academy welcomed her on arrival.
Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970. She moved to the United States at the age of seven. Julie joined the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar in 1990, and obtained her BA degree from Kalamazoo College. In 1997 she joined the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and obtained her MA in Fine Arts.
Julie Mehretu’s works of arts are unique in their nature. She mainly focuses her works on architecture and the urban and highly populated settings. Her works of art earned her a place among few of the most celebrated and influential artists. She took part in numerous and significant exhibitions throughout the world. Her first exhibition in Ethiopia at the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center is currently on display.
Her visit to the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences was aimed at introducing and supporting the efforts of the Academy to establish the EAS Creative Art Center. Her visit is significant in creating a link between the Academy and the art community both inside and outside the country.
Professor Demessie Habte, President of the Academy, Professor Bahru Zewde, Vice President of the Academy, Professor Masresha Fetene, Executive Director of the Academy, Professor Dagmawi Woubshet, Professor Shiferaw Bekele, Ato Bekele Mekonnen and several art lovers and students of art accompanied Julie Mehretu and took part in the discussion with her.