Meet the Dixon Staff – Julie

Name: Julie Novarese Pierotti
Position: Associate Curator
College/University: Ole Miss (BA); Vanderbilt (MA)
How long have you worked at the Dixon? 3 ½ years

The best thing about living in Memphis is ….the emphasis on all of the arts—fine art, music, dance, theater, culinary arts.  Memphis is, in my opinion, the cultural center of the South!

What famous artist (deceased or living) would you want to be for one day and why?  Tamara de Lempicka—she lived a fabulous life!

How old were you on your first visit to a museum (art, science history)? How did it shape your interest in museums?  I was probably too young to remember my first museum experience, but I do have vague memories of going to the Catherine the Great Wonders exhibition and its fabulousness.  I also remember being terrified by the dentist mannequin exhibit at the Pink Palace.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?  I think everyone knows by now that I have a 2 ½ year old Papillon named Lizzie and that I’m completely obsessed with her!

What is your favorite piece in Jean-Louis Forain: La Comédie parisienne?  The Tight-Rope Walker from around 1880 (Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago).  It is so dramatic, so spectacular, so FORAIN!

What do you like most about working at the Dixon?  I absolutely love helping people experience and appreciate art.