Mill 19, Pittsburgh, PA

Personal Reflections on Julie Bargmann, the Inaugural Oberlander Prize Laureate, from Two Former Students

My name is Maura Rockcastle, principal and co-founder of TEN x TEN.

I have known Julie since I was nine years old. I knew her as my dad’s FUN work colleague during their shared tenure at the University of Minnesota’s School of Design in the early 90’s. When I was a teenager, I wanted to go to art school. I did not identify comfortably as an artist then and was unsure of that direction, so my dad introduced me to Julie, this incredibly cool and hip woman who had gone to art school at Carnegie Mellon and was teaching in the landscape department at the U.

At that time, Julie offered me a way of seeing art school as a critical foundation for many other things – a way of thinking, of investigating critical curiosity – and I have never looked back.