Julie Speidel

Julie Speidel
Born 1941 (age 7475)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Known for Sculptor
Website juliespeidel.com

Julie Speidel (b. Seattle, 1941[1]) is a sculptor from Seattle, Washington. She is the daughter of author Bill Speidel[2] and stepdaughter of oceanographer Robert S. Dietz.[3][4] She is also part owner of the Seattle Underground tours company, Bill Speidel Enterprises.[5]

Speidel was raised in the Eastside cities of Bellevue and Hunts Point, Washington[6] before moving to Europe when she was 12 years old. She attended boarding schools in Sussex, then returned to the USA and studied at the University of Washington and Cornish School of the Arts.[6][7] She operated a jewelry-making business, making items in copper and other materials, before becoming a sculptor.[8] Her public sculptures are displayed at William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse in Seattle,[1][9] United States embassies,[10] and other locations.

She has been described as the "greatest living woman Northwest sculptor."[6] She is largely self-taught,[6] though she credits George Tsutakawa for teaching per patination formulations and technique.[11]

As of 2012, she has a studio on Vashon Island.[1]

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. 1 2 3 Art in the Allen Center: Julie Speidel, University of Washington Department of Computer Science & Engineering, March 4, 2012, retrieved 2012-11-29
  2. Duncan, Don (May 4, 1988). "BILL SPEIDEL, SEATTLE HISTORIAN AND UNDERGROUND GUIDE, DIES". The Seattle Times. p. A1.
  3. Steve Koppes (December 1998), "Memorial to Robert Sinclair Dietz 1914–1995", Geological Society of America Memorials, 29, retrieved 2012-11-29
  4. Wendy Craft (January 31, 2013), "Public art donation provides beauty, represents personal connections to ASU", ASU News, Arizona State University
  5. Camden Swita (August 9, 2009), "Seattle Underworld Tour supplies the naughty, skips the nice", Puget Sound Business Journal, retrieved 2012-11-30
  6. 1 2 3 4 John Forsen (producer) (August 4, 2011). Julie Speidel: Perfect Edge (Television production). City of Seattle Seattle Channel. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  7. Henry, p. 13–14
  8. Henry, p. 15
  9. William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse, Seattle, WA – Photo gallery – Sculpture at Entry, United States General Services Administration, June 6, 2003, retrieved 2012-11-29
  10. Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, retrieved 2012-11-29
  11. Clare Henry (interview), Elizabeth A. Brown (foreword). Catherine Fleming, ed. Julie Speidel. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-98658-1.
  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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