Annie Tull - Artist & Designer
Annie Tull is an Oakland-based artist and designer who creates holistic interiors as well as customized installations for commercial spaces, retail shops, stage productions, private events, and more. Her immersive installations draw inspiration from the creative energy of her clients, and aim to convey that spirit to employees and guests alike.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, to creatively-inclined parents, Annie Tull's early artistic upbringing included regular trips to the art museums and galleries of the Brandywine Valley in Delaware as well as in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. From an early age, she frequented the studios of painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians, many of whom were friends of her parents or emerging artists whose work her mother was collecting.
Annie's early admiration for those who could create beauty and meaning - who could capture the essence of the human experience through words, color, movement, texture, composition and line - has been the foundation and source of her creative vigor throughout her life. According to her mother, “from the time she could hold a pencil, if there was a surface to draw on and something to mark it with she would.” Starting at age 6, consistent drawing and painting classes molded Annie's insatiable passion for mark-making into technical skill.
After ever more extensive fine arts and art history classes through high school, Annie left home for San Francisco in 2008 to study Arts Management at the University of San Francisco. During her time there, she experimented with different approaches to the art world, relishing the perspective each gave her on the creative pulse of the Bay Area. She landed her first day job in a gallery in 2009 while apprenticing with muralist Eric Hongisto by night. This juxtaposition was the catalyst that shifted her focus from administrative work back into the hands-on creative.
It was during the following months, while living abroad in the incredibly immersive artistic environment of Florence, Italy, that Annie started developing the unique art practice she has today. She created her first immersive installation piece upon her return to the states, and it was featured in the exhibition Thirty-One at SOMArts (San Francisco) in the spring of 2011. Inspired by her time abroad, and upon graduating from USF with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Annie began her study of the conceptual elements of architectural and interior design with the intention of creating what she then thought of as "life-size collage." She earned her MFA from The George Washington University in 2014.
Over the past few years, Annie has developed site-specific installations for private and commercial clients throughout the Bay Area and the east coast, and has returned to her fine art practice with renewed vigor and aesthetic refinement. She lives and works in Oakland, California, in a cottage she shares with two bad-ass grey cats named Sophie & Sebastian.
2018 - 2019 / Bookworm / Quid / San Francisco, California
2018 / Procession / Presence PG / San Francisco, California
2017 / Synthetic Poetic / Symbio Robotics / Emeryville, California
2016 - 2017 / Next Level / Enlisted Design / Oakland, California
2015 / Blacklight Rainbow / ABCO Artspace / Oakland, California
2011 / Parallel Fragmentation / SOMArts Cultural Center / San Francisco, California
2017 / Liquid Faces interactive string art / Watering Minds / San Francisco, California
2011 / Monseñior Romero mural / University of San Francisco / San Francisco, California
2006 / Finding Nemo mural / CAMO Daycare Center / Santa Rosa de Copàn, Honduras
2016 - Present / Freelance Architectural & Interior Designer / San Francisco Bay Area
2018 / June - October / Contract Designer / POD Office / San Francisco, CA
2018 / January - April / Contract Designer / The Wiseman Group / San Francisco, CA
2014 - 2017 / January - October / Program Coordinator / ABCO Artspace / Oakland, CA
2016 - 2017 / January - May / Studio Technician / The Crucible / Oakland, CA
2016 - 2017 / July - February / Contract Designer / Medium Plenty Architects / Oakland, CA
2016 / June - July / Contract Designer / Arcsine / Oakland, CA
2015 - 2016 / April - June / Designer / Studio O+A / San Francisco, CA
2014 - 2015 / October - April / Project Assistant / Studio O+A / San Francisco, CA
2013 - 2014 / January - July / Design Assistant / Donna Lewis Interiors, LLC / Washington, DC
2013 / Sept - Dec / Research Assistant / Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC / Washington, DC
2013 / January - May / Showroom Intern / KnollTextiles / Washington, DC
2012 / Sept - Dec / Layout Designer / Theodore’s Modern Furniture / Washington, DC
2012 / June - August / Full-time Interior Design Intern / Marriott International / Bethesda, MD
2011 - 2012 / August - June / Resource Librarian / Linda Shiner & Associates / Rockville, MD
2011 / January - April / Intern / Franklin Bowles Galleries / San Francisco, CA
2009 - 2011 / February - June / Artist’s Assistant / Eric Hongisto / San Francisco, CA
2010 / May - August / Exhibition Registrar / Thacher Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 - 2010 / September - April / Gallery Assistant / Thacher Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 / MFA / George Washington University / Interior Architecture + Design / Washington, DC
Magna Cum Laude
2011 / BA / University of San Francisco / Fine Art / Minor: Arts Management / San Francisco, CA
Magna Cum Laude