Julie Speidel

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Julie Speidel
Born 1941 (age 75–76)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Known for Sculptor
Website juliespeidel.com

Julie Speidel (born 1941 in Seattle[2]) is a sculptor from Seattle, Washington. She is the daughter of author Bill Speidel[3] and stepdaughter of oceanographer Robert S. Dietz.[4][5] She is also part owner of the Seattle Underground tours company, Bill Speidel Enterprises.[6]

Speidel was raised in the Eastside cities of Bellevue and Hunts Point, Washington[7] before moving to Europe when she was 12 years old. She attended boarding schools in Sussex, then returned to America and studied at the University of Washington and Cornish School of the Arts.[7][8] She operated a jewelry-making business, making items in copper and other materials, before becoming a sculptor.[9] Her public sculptures are displayed at William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse in Seattle,[2][10] United States embassies,[11] and other locations.

She has been described as the "greatest living woman Northwest sculptor."[7] She is largely self-taught,[7] though she credits George Tsutakawa for teaching per patination formulations and technique.[1]

As of 2012, she had a studio on Vashon Island.[2]

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, fourteen geometric outdoor sculptures created by Speidel were placed there in 2013, the first artworks at the location.[12] In late 2014, seven of Speidel's outdoor sculptures evoking glacial erratics, collectively titled Erratic Repose, were installed at the Tacoma Art Museum.[13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ a b Clare Henry (interview), Elizabeth A. Brown (foreword). Catherine Fleming, ed. Julie Speidel. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-98658-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Art in the Allen Center: Julie Speidel, University of Washington Department of Computer Science & Engineering, March 4, 2012, retrieved November 29, 2012 
  3. ^ Duncan, Don (May 4, 1988). "BILL SPEIDEL, SEATTLE HISTORIAN AND UNDERGROUND GUIDE, DIES". The Seattle Times. p. A1. 
  4. ^ Steve Koppes (December 1998), "Memorial to Robert Sinclair Dietz 1914–1995", Geological Society of America Memorials, 29, retrieved November 29, 2012 
  5. ^ Wendy Craft (January 31, 2013), "Public art donation provides beauty, represents personal connections to ASU", ASU News, Arizona State University 
  6. ^ Camden Swita (August 9, 2009), "Seattle Underworld Tour supplies the naughty, skips the nice", Puget Sound Business Journal, retrieved November 30, 2012 
  7. ^ a b c d John Forsen (producer) (August 4, 2011). Julie Speidel: Perfect Edge (Television production). City of Seattle Seattle Channel. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Henry, p. 13–14
  9. ^ Henry, p. 15
  10. ^ William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse, Seattle, WA – Photo gallery – Sculpture at Entry, United States General Services Administration, June 6, 2003, retrieved November 29, 2012 
  11. ^ Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, retrieved November 29, 2012 
  12. ^ Nate Watters (September 6, 2013), "Sculpture in the Landscape: Julie Speidel at the Bloedel Reserve", City Arts, Seattle 
  13. ^ Julie Goetz Morser (November 12, 2014), "Local sculptor draws on geology as her works dot the country", Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
  14. ^ Jen Graves (November 25, 2014), "Adding a Railroad Car to a Grand Piano: Tacoma Art Museum's New and Slightly Less New Architecture", The Stranger 
  15. ^ "Marks and conservations group exhibition featuring contemporary painting and sculpture", Visitsunvalley.com, Sun Valley, Idaho: Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber of Commerce, August 29, 2014 
  16. ^ ROSEMARY PONNEKANTI (March 19, 2014), "Bronze blankets, animal explorers and steel boulders commissioned for the exterior of the new Tacoma Art Museum wing", Tacoma News Tribune 

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