Celebration for Julie Baldyga - September 12

Join the Louisville Story Program and StudioWorkZ by Zoom Group at the new ZG Campus 4545 for a celebration of Julie Baldyga, her distinctive work, and her book.

Tuesday, September 12
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
ZG Campus - 4545 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40220
RSVP - Free

In Heaven Everyone Will Shake Your Hand was released in 2020, but the original book launch was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are thrilled to celebrate Julie with this gathering! We hope you can join us.

Throughout her childhood, Julie's parents took her to doctors in an attempt to learn more about why she was so different from most other children: nonverbal, antisocial, obsessed with wires and hoses and engines. Twice, doctors advised her parents to institutionalize her, saying that she could otherwise be a danger to herself and others. Fortunately, her parents did not take the doctors’ advice: Julie would grow up to be a luminous human and a brilliant, prolific artist.

The Louisville Story Program partnered with Baldyga, her sister Stephanie Baldyga-Stagg and brother-in-law Bob Stagg, Kertis Creative, the staff of StudioWorkZ by Zoom Group, photographer Sarah Lyon, gallerist Susan Moremen, Eye Level Films and KMAC Museum to develop In Heaven Everyone Will Shake Your Hand, a book and museum exhibition that takes an in-depth look at this distinctive self-taught artist and her work. This collection of oil pastels, ceramics, and photographs of her “heavenly people”—400 remarkable life-size human figures—will not only showcase this incredible artist but will also serve as a poignant reminder of what is possible when we refuse to write people off.

Books and StudioWorkZ art will be available for purchase at the event. You can also purchase your copy of the book online at shop.louisvillestoryprogram.org.

If you know Julie, you may know that she loves when people wear their hair in buns. The StudioWorkZ team invites you to attend with your hair in a bun if you like!

The event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends through the Facebook event.