Julianne Meder-Sesti, '68

As a little girl, clay had always been a passion for Julie. She loved getting her hands "dirty." During high school, she was awarded a ribbon for a small sculpted head she created. After high school, Julie spent two years studying fine arts at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. She decided to put her dream on hold and pursue a different dream~ marrying her childhood sweetheart, Stephen. Several years later, after raising their three children, Julie decided to go back to earn her bachelor’s degree at Fontbonne University. In 1996, she received her masters degree from Fontbonne University and during the last semester of her graduate work Julie was awarded a commission to sculpt a life-size St. Monica for the exterior of St. Monica’s Church in St. Louis. Since then, she has been blessed with many sculpture commissions. Most of them have been large figurative pieces for Catholic churches including a Madonna and Child for Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade for Our Lady of Pillar Church in St. Louis and The Corpus of Christ Crucified for Holy Trinity Church in Fairview Heights, IL. Julie has also sculpted three large abstract bronzes for Winghaven in O’Fallon. Currently, she is anxiously awaiting the installation of her "heroic" seven-foot-tall seated bronze figure on the campus of McKendree University which will take place early this year. From the commission of her first piece in 1992, Julie has created and sculpted 20 pieces for churches, municipalities, universities and private patrons. Over four states enjoy the work and beauty of this incredible artist! In 1996, Julie began as a part-time instructor at the St. Charles Community College in the Visual Arts Department. She has enjoyed her years as a teacher because it gives her a chance to share what she has learned over the years. Julie’s greatest accomplishment in her life is her family. She has been married to Steve 37 years and is blessed with three wonderful children, Bridgette (‘93), Laura (‘96), and Steve, along with sons-in-law, Ian and Justin, and her one-year old grandson, Hendrix.