Julie Lonneman, a freelance illustrator, lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio where she maintains a studio. Her illustrations on themes of spirituality and social justice have appeared in magazines such as America, Sojourners, and St. Anthony Messenger, and have graced the covers of numerous books and newsletters. She is the author of Clip Art for Sundays and Solemnities, published in 2003 by Liturgy Training Publications of Chicago. Julie is a regular contributor to the monthly ecumenical worship resource Celebration, and for eight years supplied their weekly Sunday graphics. In 2007 she completed an art library of over 260 fresh and engaging lectionary-based images for Augsburg Fortress Press.
An amazingly versatile artist, Julie works in many media and styles, but she is best known for her black and white scratchboard images and her colored pencil illustrations. She acknowledges many influences, from tribal, folk, and medieval art to the work of twentieth-century artists Käthe Kollwitz, Fritz Eichenberg and Franklin Carmichael, and of contemporary liturgical artist Steve Erspamer, SM. Julie is particularly grateful for the insights gleaned from her 25 years of membership in New Jerusalem, a Catholic intentional lay community founded in the 1970's by Richard Rohr, OFM. His teaching helped her to form the understanding of scripture that underlies her work.
It was also at New Jerusalem that Julie met her husband, Bill, currently an assistant professor of nursing at the College of Mount St. Joseph. They have two daughters, born in 1984 and 1987, of whom they are very proud.
Julie belongs to the parish community of Bellarmine Chapel. Her spiritual growing edges include the practice of centering prayer and nonviolent communication. Julie and Bill are actively involved in their working class neighborhood and in Franciscans Network, an organization that supports global human rights work.