Julia Stratton attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on a full- tuition merit scholarship, graduating in 1994 with honors that included a Cresson Scholarship for European travel. After graduation, Julia became teaching staff at Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture where she was first employed as Department Head in Wax Casting, and was then selected to be one of two patinists in the Patina Department. Julia completed patinas on hundreds of fine art sculptures, including many monumental works, both in-studio and on-site. Julia left the Atelier to pursue her own work, university teaching, and to found Stratton Sculpture Studios with her husband, Shane Stratton. Clients in their own foundry and mold making business have included Simone Leigh, Matthew Barney, Hans Haacke, Tom Otterness, Issac Witkin, Winifred Lutz, and The University of Pennsylvania Archeological Museum. Julia is frequently hired as a free-lance patinist for individual artists and commercial fine art foundries. Her conservation and patination work includes the collections of Lehigh University, Ursinus College and Grounds for Sculpture. She has taught at Tyler School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial, and was a visiting artist and lecturer at Alfred University, Carol College, the Philadelphia Art Museum and the University of Hawaii. Her work has been distinguished with two Independence Foundation Fellowships, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, George Sugarman Foundation Grant, E. Avery Draper Award, Window of Opportunity Grant, Loucheim Fellowship, CFEVA Alumni Travel Grant, Kohler Arts/Industry Residency, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Residency. She has mounted solo exhibitions at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Fleisher Art Memorial, and the Woodmere Art Museum.
Shane Stratton is a 2010 – 2011 Fulbright Senior Scholar to Istanbul, Turkey. Educated in sculpture, he graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1993. He was employed as a mold maker, enlarger and metal finisher at Larran Bronze Foundry in Chester, PA, and as a mold maker for Carolfi Brothers Mold Making in Philadelphia. In 1995, Shane became teaching staff and the assitant supervior in the Metal Chasing Department of the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. He was in charge of eighteen employees and had direct responsibility for assembling, welding, chasing and finishing fine art cast bronze, aluminum and silver, as well as fabricating work in stainless steel and core-ten. Shane was a metal chasing and structures foreman for over eight monumental-scale works, including George Segal’s Breadline. He has worked directly with, or on the work of, Saint Clair Cemin, Marisol, Howard Ben Tre, Rona Pondick, George Segal, Michelle Oka Donor, Kiki Smith, John Newman, Deborah Butterfield, Anthony Quinn, Joel Shapiro, Henry Moore and Alexander Calder. In 1999, Shane left the Atelier to pursue his own work, university level teaching, and to found Stratton Sculpture Studios with his wife, Julia Stratton. Shane taught sculpture and foundry for five years at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He taught sculpture, foundry, mold making and casting techniques at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for seven years. Shane has mounted six solo exhibitions of his bronze sculpture. In addition to the Fulbright, his work has been distinguished with an Independence Foundation Grant, New Courtland Artist Fellowship, the Eugene Gittings Award, the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust Artist Residency, the Eagle Hill Residency, Perez and Mary Epstein Prize, and the Acadia National Park Residency.