Julie Pierotti got her first glimpse of her future while sitting in a high-school classroom.
"I took art history at St. Agnes and fell in love with it," said Pierotti, a native Memphian. "I've always been really interested in art — not necessarily in creating art, but I've been interested in looking at art my whole life."
In college, specifically in graduate school, Pierotti's vision for turning her passion into a career began to take shape.
"I wrote my thesis on a female art deco artist, Tamara de Lempicka," Pierotti said. "So I got interested, not necessarily in feminist art history, but in a woman's take on art history."
It's fitting, then, that Pierotti rapidly went on to become the youngest associate curator in the 36-year history of Dixon Gallery and Gardens. And she wasn't afraid to take bold moves to reach her goals; Pierotti was working at a Memphis art gallery when she learned Kevin Sharp had been hired as the Dixon's new director.