Julia is originally from Calgary Alberta but has lived across the country throughout her 12 year career in the Canadian Air Force. Julia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio) with Great Distinction at University of Lethbridge in 2001.Currently, Julia is a candidate for Master of Interdisciplinary Arts at Royal Roads University.
Julia Trops is an outspoken arts/artist advocate: a Kelowna Museums Director for over ten years, one of the original developers of the Okanagan Arts Awards (as part of the Artsco), founder of Livessence Society for Figurative Artists and Models, founder of Studio 113 Cooperative in the Rotary Centre for the Arts, as well as the highly popular Okanagan Erotic Art Show. Julia has written and published 8 books, one of which is the well-received Art & Money, all of which are in the National Library and Archives.
Julia’s latest project was in 2015 uniting artists and businesses, and the aboriginal and non aboriginal communities in the Suk’wtemsqilx’w West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC). Julia was a team member in the formulation of the MOU between the YLW airport concessionaire Skyway, as well as SWAC’s win of the 2016 BC Culture Days Provincial Launch bid for the Westside. Julia wrote the Culture Club column in the local newspaper and has been represented by Gallery Odin in Silver Star since 2004. An alumni of Banff Centre for the Arts, and the En’owkin Centre, Julia believes in continuing educaiton In 2017, Julia won the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the Okanagan cultural scene, which is a beautiful parting gift for her departure from the Okanagan.