Julie McCraney-Brogdon was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1957. Raised by parents that encouraged self-expression and independent thought, Julie was enrolled in dance, music, painting, drama, and voice lessons beginning at the age of 4. Her love and study of the arts continued and while a sophomore at Mercer University took her first sculpture class with Marshall Daugherty (Daugherty studied with Robert Eberhard, a student of Rodin, at Yale and Carl Milles at Cranbrook). There she found her passion and with it an affinity for the figure. She received a BA in Art in 1979 from Mercer University.
McCraney-Brogdon has exhibited with the National Sculpture Society in New York, Brookgreen Gardens, Tampa Museum of Art, American Women Artists at the Booth Museum, The Haggin Museum, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Fernbank Museum, National Association of Women Artists, Sculpture in the Park, The International Art Expo, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Audubon Artists and Pen and Brush. She has had numerous gallery exhibitions, solo, duo, group, juried and invitational. Her sculptures are collected privately, corporately and publicly both in the US and abroad.
She was the recipient of the “Best of Show” award at the 1997 International Art Expo at Carnegie Hall, First Award at the International Juried Art Exhibition, Gwinnett Council for the Arts, and several Honorable Mentions and People’s Choice Awards. Julie has been the Artist in Residence for the academic years 2005-2012, 2016 for Fort Dorchester District 2 South Carolina. She was also chosen for inclusion in Susan Grabel, Olivia Georgia and Charlotte Steifer Rubinstein’s, In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the 90’s.
She is a signature member of the American Women Artists, an associate member of the National Sculpture Society, and a member of the American Medallic Sculpture Association. McCraney-Brogdon served on the board of directors of the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Georgia from 1989-1993, and served on the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts from 2007-2011.