The Burkholder Project, located in downtown Lincoln’s Haymarket district, is a unique collection of 36 art and design studios with loft apartments and three levels of galleries, connected by a sun-filled atrium. The Project was designed and developed by artist Anne Burkholder, who bought the building in 1987. She wanted to create a place where a community of artists would have excellent workspaces as well as a support system of other creative people. As a fellow artist and friend to Julee, Anne Burkholder shared, “Julee was an integral part of the Burkholder Project community for almost 20 years. Her amazing stained glass is displayed in several places around our building. She played an important role in creating the Mosaic on our front porch, which has become a Burkholder Project ‘signature image.’ Julee cut glass pieces for the artists who created stars that became part of the Mosaic. Her stained glass also adorns both sides of the front door and space above it as well. In Julee’s memory, we created a ‘Corner Gallery’ in the space that was her studio. One of her pieces is displayed in the window that was once full of her work. We appreciated Julee’s artistic talent and the beauty in her work every day. We’re also reminded of what a splendid human being she was.”
The space at the Burkholder Project gave Julee the perfect place to conduct business and create her art. Her new studio provided the space to visualize, sketch, cut, and assemble most of her projects. Most importantly, Julee was surrounded by fellow artists. Artist Susan Brasch recalls how she and Julee were frequent visitors to each other’s studios. “I always appreciated the way Julee and I traded our talents. Every so often I would need a piece of glass cut down to size, and occasionally she would call me in as a design and composition consultant. It was always an easy exchange—an easy flow back and forth.” Julee always strived to make her work as accurate and relevant as possible. Her studio space was crammed with reference books and uncut glass, but this is where her creativity flourished. In an interview she shared, “Mozart once said, ‘The music is up here (tapping the side of her head)—the rest is just scribbling.’” And her music soared and gave voice to the stained glass she created and the precious friendships that grew.