Julie Poitras Santos grew up in Maine. She holds an MFA in from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000, and received a BA and BS from Tufts University in 1990.
She has traveled, exhibited and worked in many places in the world, including attending residencies and creating works at the European Ceramic Work Center, in 's-Hertogenbosch, NL (2005, 2008), Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain (2006) and NES Artists Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland (2009). She lived in Barcelona, Spain for three years (2004-2007) and worked as the Artistic Director of the Art Residency program Can Serrat, in Montserrat National Park.
Poitras Santos has taught sculpture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and currently teaches in the MFA Program at Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine.