New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Julie Puttgen Studio

My name's Julie Püttgen.  I'm an artist and a meditation teacher, which turn out not to be such different things.  Both rely on a sense of trust in the unfolding, creative process of awareness & in this very life as a perfect vehicle for waking up.  Both also rely on improvisation - responding openly to what is, without getting too hung up ideas of what ought to be instead.

I've never actually gotten a tattoo, but I like to think about what I would get, if I did.  A connect-the-dots constellation?  A Mirabai quote wrapping around my wrist?  Or perhaps a set of manifesto knuckle-tats. 

Useless Joy is a gift from my movement teacher, Eiko Otake, who maintains that the highest accomplishment for human beings is to be useless & harmless.  That's a long way from  lofty goals of success, and it is very freeing.  I trust the Taoist sense of being like water, which flows straight to the low, loathsome places, and thus finds its way.  I trust the Buddhist idea of being without needing to be Somebody Doing Something.  So, that's useless.  And joy, strangely, seems to be the conjoined twin of letting go.

There are people and places that make us feel small, cramped, trapped, and hopeless, with no way to get anything right, or to be heard.  And then, marvelously, there are people and places so utterly free & clear that they can't help but help remind us of our own inherent, inalienable freedom.  It's contagious & effortless: nobody is trying to change anybody else.  Just: oh!  Contagious Freedom.  In such a presence, we realize our lives have meaning.  We realize even the really hard things that happen to us hold the potential for freedom.

My life as an artist is a life of agreeing to know what I know & feel what I feel.  It is a life of opening up & coming out of hiding & even though it's sometimes really scary, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Julie
Job Title/Position: 
Artist, Meditation Teacher, & Inner Beauty Consultant
Physical Address: 
Lebanon, NH 03766
Last Name: 
Puttgen
Phone: 
404.583.1804

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Humanities - Comparative Religion
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Music - Dance / DJ
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Year Founded: 
2000
Populations Served: 
Elders
Families
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading
Product Development Services
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
12
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
League of NH Craftsmen
Education: 
Georgia State University - MFA in Drawing , Painting, Printmaking
Goddard College - Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Expressive Arts Therapy
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
New Hampshire Education Roster
New Hampshire Arts in Healthcare Roster

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Design
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors