Faculty Profiles

Julie Tourtillotte, professor of art and environmental studies

Julie Tourtillotte

Department Chair
Environmental Studies
240 Moreau Center for the Arts



Julie Tourtillotte is a professor of Art at Saint Mary’s College where she teaches drawing, fibers and video art. Tourtillotte received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has exhibited her fabric constructions, drawings and prints throughout the United States including Stark Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona, the University of Dallas, Indianapolis Museum of Art and The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. She has received Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts grants in recognition of her work which incorporates shibori resist dyeing, screen printing, embroidery and video. A faculty research grant allowed her to continue her study of shibori dyeing in Japan where she joined other World Shibori Network members for workshops and tours in Arimatsu, Kiryu, Miyama, Kyoto and Tokyo. Julie and her family maintain 20 organic acres and an art studio adjacent to Potato Creek State Park in South Bend, Indiana.


MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
BFA, Saint Mary’s College

Research Interests 

  • Shibori resist dyeing
  • Sustainable textiles
  • Eco-dyeing

Courses Recently Taught 

  • ART 101: Drawing I
  • ART 102: Drawing II
  • ART 224: Video art
  • ART 236: Sustainable textiles
  • ART 237 Handmade Paper and Felt
  • ART 238: Fiber: surface design
  • ART 239: Fibers: fabric printing
  • ART 325: Video art II
  • ART 337: Adv. fiber: surface construction
  • ART 338: Adv. fiber: surface design

Professional Memberships 

College Art Association
Surface Design Association
World Shibori Network