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Julie Niemi is an Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where her primary focus is presenting the Arts Center’s collection of folk art, self-taught art, and artist-built environments. Taking this rich collection and its history as a starting point, she incorporates these works into accessible curatorial projects that explore contemporary themes and issues alongside emerging artists. Prior to joining JMKAC, she held positions as Curatorial Fellow at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway and as Communications Associate at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She has provided editorial and marketing support for: RAM Publications, Los Angeles; Project Projects, New York; Inventory Press, New York; and East of Borneo, Los Angeles. She is holds an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.