The Endangered Species Project features an installation of more than 1,100 urns, one created for each endangered, threatened, extinct, or recovered species in the continental United States that listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Funerary urns are a powerful icon representing death and loss used in many cultures. These urns are made from porcelain clay and are sized to hold an average human’s ashes. Each urn has a meticulously carved surface portraying a unique species. The urns are not made for use; they are displayed empty as a sign of hope that the urns would not be needed. By making an urn for each species, it is making species rarely seen, visible.

previous exhibitions

Endangered Species Exhibitions

Both group and solo exhibitions I have been involved with for the past six years have, in some way, addressed dwindling species. My current studio work will be culminating in a large-scale exhibit ready to travel to public museums, zoos, natural history museums, botanical gardens and other venues throughout the country beginning in 2027.

About the Artist


Julia Galloway has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery – Washington DC, Long Beach Art Museum – Long Beach CA, the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art – Pomona, CA, and Alfred Ceramics Art Museum in New York. She was recently awarded a United States Artist Grant and named a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Montana. Julia was named the 2023 Artist of the Year by the Ceramics Arts Network and Ceramics monthly publication. She lives in Missoula, teaching at the University of Montana.