Voyage Dallas caught up with Mary Johnson, CVAD lecturer in Studio Art, to ask her a few questions for an article, Meet Mary A. Johnson, that appeared in the May 11, 2020 edition.
When asked about her plans for the future, Johnson said she is looking forward to exhibiting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as exploring how the pH of Texas soil effects natural dyes. Read the article.
On Instagram, find Johnson @24_yellow_orchids.
About Lecturer Johnson
Mary A. Johnson has taught fine art in the U.S., Shanghai, and Beijing, most recently as the Head of Studio for the International Foundations Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
She creates work using organic materials and digital images extracted from still lifes reminiscent of Petri dishes, forgotten refrigerators, and Dutch paintings. Her work investigates places of tension and emphasizes the unstable and unreliable.
Johnson has shown her work globally including the New York Hall of Science, the Nekrasov Library in Moscow, and multiple art centers and museums in China. Her work has been in group exhibitions juried by Jerry Saltz and Garth Johnson. Recently, her work was included in Paper On Top, an exhibition curated by Chang Feng and traveling to Qingdao, Shenyang, Jilin, Shenzhen, and Beijing.
Additionally, her work has been included in multiple international publications, including Rebeka Elizegi’s book Collage by Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists published by PromoPress in Madrid and sold in bookstores globally such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.
She holds degrees in drawing and painting — a B.A. from Gordon College, Wenham, Mass., and an M.F.A. from the State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y.