Julius Friedman is a graphic designer, photographer, artist, and owner of the design firm Images, specializing in cultural, nonprofit, and corporate design. He co-owns Chapman
Friedman Gallery, which represents contemporary regional, national, and international artists.
His work has been featured in the following periodicals and publications: Communication Art; Print Magazine; Art Direction; STA 100 Show; Graphis; Idea Magazine (Japan); Printers Industry of
America; Photo Design; Kodak's International Photography Magazine; Nikon World; Letterheads: A Collection from Around the World; American Photography; World Graphic Design; Now, The Language of
Visual Art (Holt, Rinehart & Winston); Creative Typography (Phaidon Press); How Magazine; Typography: The Annual of the Type Directors Club; Great Ideas by Charles Helmken; Print's Best Letterheads and
Business Cards; Mead Top 60 Show; Simpson Printed Papers Awards; and James Rivers the Best.
Public Works, a book of posters by Julius Friedman and Nathan Felde, was published in 1980 by Hawley Cooke and Orr.
His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; in a one-person show at the National Museum of Poster
Art, Poland; the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York; the Speed Art Museum, Louisville; the Ryder Gallery, Chicago; the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore; the Contemporary Arts Museum,
Cincinnati; Turman Gallery, Terre Haute; in the collection of Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, University of Louisville; Art Museum Association, American Design Center, Chicago; Marshall University, West Virginia;
the University College Design Association, Chicago; the McDonough Museum of Art; Garanti Galleri, Istanbul; and New York Art Directors Show, New York.
KET, the Kentucky public television network, has featured a segment on Friedman and his work. One of Friedman's posters was included in the exhibition American Posters in the 20th Century, curated by
J. Stewart Johnson of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition was held at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and Kyoto and included 213 posters from the museum's permanent collection
to illustrate the American poster as an art form. One of his posters was selected for the UNESCO International Poster Exhibition held in Paris and San Francisco, and another was chosen for The Graphic Imperative Show,
1965-2005, a traveling international poster show for peace, social justice, and the environment.
Friedman was selected by the Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan to create work for inclusion in an exhibition of 100 posters advocating peace. This exhibition was presented to the
government of Japan on August 6, 1985, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and was held at the Hiroshima Museum of Art. Charles Michael Helmken of the Washington,
DC, Shoshin Society chose Friedman as one of 100 American and Korean artists to create a poster for the book Images for Survival to further the understanding and prevention of AIDS.
Friedman's works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the National Museum of Poster Art, Warsaw, Poland;
the Dansk Plakamuseum, Aarhous, Denmark; the Brown-Forman Corporation; and the Marriott Hotel Corporation. They also are held in the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library at the
University of Louisville.
Friedman has lectured extensively on design throughout the country, including at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Kentucky Governor's Award in the
Arts for Business.