About Julie Kanapaux

“My artwork expresses the connecting thread—space—which separates and unifies.”


Kan Kan Studios, LLC is led by renowned artist and owner Julie Kanapaux. Her unique fusion of graphic and fine art has produced inspiring works that tie physical spaces together and promote creativity.

Kanapaux earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting with a Minor in Photography at the Ringling College of Art and Design, in Sarasota, Florida, where she was a Trustee Scholar and the recipient of the school’s prestigious Presidential Sculpture Award. She has created several public artworks including a multi-story mural titled Momentum for the Alfred R. Goldstein Library at Ringling College of Art and Design (2017), and Beachcomber’s Sequence, in Pompano Beach, Florida (2018). She has been the recipient of several awards and has participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions.

Julie is publicly recognized as one of Sarasota’s top artists and  has worked as an art consultant, graphic designer, illustrator, and adjunct faculty member at Ringling College of Art and Design. She is also a member of the artist collective SARTQ.

In the News

Art Review: The many worlds of Leslie Lerner, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 1, 2019
Inside the Artist’s Process with Julie Kanapaux, SRQ Magazine, November 6, 2018
SARTQ and SAS Team for Friday Night Pop-Up, SRQ Magazine, August 8, 2018
Learning Spaces Transformed | Year in Architecture 2017, Library Journal, November 28, 2017
Cool construction, Business Observer, September 1, 2017
The Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Contxt Magazine, Spring 2017
Introducing the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library, SNN Suncoast News Network, January 25, 2017
Art Gallery Guide, SNN Suncoast News Network, January 24, 2017
Suncoast FYI, SNN Suncoast News Network, January 20, 2017
Goldstein Library Opens with Book Passing Ceremony, Ringling.edu, January 12, 2017
Ringling Unveils New Library, New Mural, SRQ Magazine, January 11, 2017
Alfred R. Goldstein Ringling College Library Caters to Creative Minds, SNN Suncoast News Network, January 10, 2017
Raves for new Ringling College library, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January 9, 2017
Ringling welcomes students and staff to new library, Your Observer, January 9, 2017
Defining Abstraction at Selby Galleries, Sarasota Herald-Tribune "Ticket", July 8, 2015
Artwalk @ Ringling, Sarasota Herald-Tribune "Ticket", March 25, 2015
A&E Picks and Highlights, Your Observer, Arts + Culture, February 26, 2015
Creator’s Choice, The Longboat Observer, December 25, 2008
Beyond the Bayou, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 24, 2000
Human Touch, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 9, 1999

Public Art

Beachcomber’s Sequence, Atlantic Boulevard, City of Pompano Beach, FL, 2018 - Current
Momentum, Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2017 - Current
For the Humans, Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota, FL, 1999 - 2017

Solo Exhibitions

Abstract, Mitchell Gallery, Englewood Art Center, Englewood, FL, 2018 
Gaining Momentum, Madeby Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2017 
Julie Kanapaux—Recent Work, Patricia Thompson Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2015 
Connections: Artwork by Julie Kanapaux, Solo Gallery, Bradenton, FL, 2015

Selected Group Exhibitions

INTRO: Annual Summer Invitational, GAZE Modern, Sarasota, FL, 2019
Honoring A Teacher: A Tribute to Leslie Lerner, Art Ovation Hotel, Sarasota, FL, 2019
Annual RCAD Faculty Exhibition, Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2018
SARTQ: Repurposed, Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Sarasota, FL, 2018
Florida's Finest, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, 2018
Unlimited Potential, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, 2017
Continuing Studies Instructor Exhibition, Willis Smith Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2016
Defining Abstraction, Selby Galleries I & II, Sarasota, FL, 2015
Annual Community Juried Exhibition, Durante Gallery, Longboat Key, FL, 2015
Ringling Staff & LBKCA Instructors Exhibition, Willis Smith Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2014
Art Show, Photo Experience Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2013
Seven Year Itch, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2008
Viva Amore, Back Lots Theater, Sarasota, FL, 2006
Phoenix Rising, Home Resource, Sarasota, FL, 2005
Abstraction, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, 2005
Best of Ringling, Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2000
Amongst Sensuality, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2000
Beyond the Bayou, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2000
Painter’s Painting, Selby Public Library, Sarasota, FL, 2000
Eat More Art, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 2000
45-21-38, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 1999
Debrief, 508 Gallery, Sarasota, FL, 1999

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