Julie Crenn holds a doctorate in art history and is an art critic (a member of the AICA), and an independent exhibition curator.
In 2005, she obtained a Master’s in Historical Research and Art Criticism from Université Rennes 2; the work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was the subject of her thesis. As part of her research into feminist and postcolonial practices, she was given the title of Doctor of Arts (history and theory) by the Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux III.
Her thesis focused on contemporary textile practices and artistic works that highlight the theme of memory, history, gender, and cultural and sexual identities.
Since 2018, Julie Crenn has been artistic director of the residence Les Ateliers des Arques in the Lot (France).
She is a member (2014–2020) of the FRAC Poitou-Charentes (France) Comité technique d’acquisition (‘technical acquisition committee’). She has organised a number of exhibition projects in France (in Paris, Caen, Rochechouart, Clermont Ferrand, Bourges, Tarbes, Bordeaux, and Saint-Denis de La Réunion), in Belgium (Brussels and Ghent), and in Germany (Leipzig); and she regularly contributes to various art magazines, including Artpress, Africultures, Laura, and Branded.