Julie Greens The Last Supper: Final Plates
by Julie Green The Last Supper: Final Plates is now open at the Corvallis Museum.
Julie Green, a nationally acclaimed artist and professor of art at Oregon State University, began this series of paintings on secondhand ceramic plates in the 1990s after reading about the inmates’ last meals. on death row in Oklahoma. Each meal painted in cobalt blue includes the date of the execution and the state in which it occurred.
This is the first exhibition of the last 200 pieces of this series. In a 2020 artist statement, Green wrote, “For me, one last meal request humanizes death row.” They originally intended to continue this work until capital punishment was abolished, but announced that it would end at 1,000 plates after a cancer diagnosis. Green died in October 2021. The last supper is presented courtesy of The Last Supper Trust.
Julie Green was born in 1961, in Yokosuka, Japan, where their father was stationed in the navy. They grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and studied graphic design at the University of Kansas where they earned a BFA and MFA. For the past two decades they have taught art at Oregon State University.
The Corvallis Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 411 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis, Oregon.