Julian is a Production Designer and Artist. He received a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in 1993 and a MFA from the Yale Graduate School of Art, Sculpture Program in 1995. LaVerdiere has exhibited his art publicly in galleries and museums including; Andrew Kreps Gallery, Deitch Projects, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, PS1/ MOMA, The MOCA-Miami, MOCA- Cleveland, The Tang Museum, The Queens Museum of Art, The U.S. Library of Congress, and The United Nations General Assembly Hall.
In 1996, LaVerdiere co-founded a design company to conceive and engineer elaborate, environments, sets and special effects for print advertising, public events, commercial television and feature films. In September 2001, LaVerdiere and fellow artist Paul Myoda collaborated with a team of architects, public art organizations including Creative Time and The Municipal Arts Society and The New York City Mayor’s Office, to create The Tribute in Light. The Tribute in Light has become an annual light memorial honoring the victims of the World Trade Center collapse.
Julian received a Cooper Union Urban Visionary Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Cooper Union Alumni Hall of Fame. In the same year, he was also elected to the Alumni Council, and serves on the School of Art’s Curriculum Committee. In 2010 LaVerdiere was invited by the National Capital Planning Commission to speak at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art in Washington, DC about Global approaches to Public Art. Julian designed the cover for Time magazine’s 9/11 commemorative issue in June 2011 and served as an art director on Sasha Barron Cohen’s Paramount Feature film “The Dictator”
In 2014 Julian’s sculptures will be seen incorporated in “THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2” a Columbia Pictures release due out in May. The Tang Museum of Art is now exhibiting his sculptures in “One Work”, on view from January 25–June 1, 2014. His sculpture is currently on exhibit in “FOUNTAINS OF THE DEEP” a group show curated by Darren Aronofsky and Dominic Teja Sidhu in conjunction with the Paramount feature film “NOAH”. The exhibit is now on view at 462 West Broadway.