The Illuminating Project started in 2019 as a community-based initiative, Illuminating Women. A collaboration between Juliane Troicki and Laura Schneider of Studio L Photography, the Illuminating Women exhibit showcased 30 inspiring women from the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin community. The success of the Illuminating Women exhibit eclipsed any art event previously held at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. Not only was it the most highly anticipated event on opening night, but it continued to inspire the community with many guests returning several times over the course of several weeks. Even during the pandemic, the online version of the project continued to see unprecedented traffic to view the exhibit. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, Juliane founded Illuminating Project LLC to inspire more communities and individuals and expand the scope of this meaningful undertaking.
A native of Berlin, Germany, Juliane has lived in New York City and Philadelphia before making her home in Wisconsin. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches international politics at local colleges. When she is not chasing after her four children, her husband and her rescue dog Roy, Juliane enjoys weightlifting and restoring mid-century furniture. Juliane cares deeply about her community and is always searching to learn more about the world around her. With the Illuminating Project, Juliane is excited to learn from others and share their inspiring stories.