Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Julie Beers was a younger sister of artists James McDougal Hart and William Hart and grew up in Albany, New York. Her school record has not been found, but it is assumed she learned to paint from her brother James.
In the mid-1850s, she moved to New York City with her brothers and artist husband, Marion R. Beers. Her studio was in the Dodworth's Building on Broadway. In 1867, she first exhibited with the National Academy of Design and became a regular exhibitor there. In 1867 and 1868, Julia Hart Beer also exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum.
In 1877, she re-married, this time to Peter Kempson and moved to Metuchen, New Jersey, but continued to use the name Julia Beers.
Julia Hart Beer is basically unrecognized but William Gerdts wrote that she is "the only woman artist of the century to specialize in landscape."
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