About the artist

Amy Johnson, b. 1976, Charlotte, NC received a BS in Sociology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC and a BFA from the University of CO, Boulder. Johnson holds a M.F.A. from the University of Washington ceramics program.  She has a maintained an active art career with exhibitions, performances, lectures and residency programs. Most recently Johnson was a Rasmuson Foundation artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC.

Johnson is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines contemporary art and craft to explore the balance between what is real and what is not.  She trusts her intuition and experimental tendencies to reconcile the battle between trying to be perfect and the beauty of imperfection.

Her work reflects her life and what surrounds her: cultural expectations for women, living in the north, landscape, isolation, and unfamiliarity.

Although many places feel like home, she currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska.

"Clay, textiles, printmaking, drawing, watercolor, photography, performance, installation, and video all have a presence in my portfolio. My practice is diverse and experimental. I trust my intuition, and consider the function, historical relevance, and aesthetic associations of materials. By balancing the delicate conversation of art and craft, I choose the process that will best translate my ideas. As I generate objects and images, conceptual meanings and metaphors reveal themselves. Fairy tales, art history, modern culture, social behavior, and personal narrative all inform my work.

Studies of migration, climate change, and adaptation have recently surfaced by way of personal experiences. Through the process of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction my latest body of work presents a dialogue addressing current political and social issues facing not only the north, but the world at large. The displacement of people around the globe, the threat of climate change on migratory patterns, and the impact of the melting arctic are all subjects which I am currently exploring." -Johnson, Winter, 2018



2007    Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA  

2005    Post Baccalaureate, Ceramics, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 

2003    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics + Photography, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

1998    Bachelor of Science, Sociology, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC


Solo Exhibitions:

2016    TILT, Five Years in Alaska: self-produced and curated solo exhibition, Anchorage, AK

2012    Weathered, 2.5 hour performance, True North Exhibition, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

2011    Queen Bee, Site Responsive Installation and 1.5 hour performance, Steele Gallery, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2009    Depleted, Site Responsive Installation and works on paper, Kenneth J. Minnaert Gallery, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

2008    Unveiled, Site Responsive Installation, Centrum, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA             

2007    For the Fairest, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramic and Metal Arts Gallery, University of Washington Seattle, WA


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019 State Proof : Printmaking Invitational, International Gallery for Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK

2018     Small Works Exhibition, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017    Stimulus, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC

2014    Reykjavik International Film Festival, Tempted Still International Premier, Reykjavik, Iceland

2013    Summer Exhibition, Hirvitalo, Center for Contemporary Art, Tampere, Finland

2012    True North, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

2011    A Crack of (something) Blue, Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010    Featured Artists Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

           MadArt in the Park, Cal Anderson Park, Seattle, WA

           The Shape of Sacred, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

2009    PONCHO Invitational, Western Bridge Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008    Introductions Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

           Alexis Hotel Quarterly Art Exhibition curated by Barbara Shaiman, Seattle, WA

2007    MFA Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

           40 Years of Campus Art Awards, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, MT



2017    McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC

2013    Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland

2009    Centrum, Port Townsend, WA

2008    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2005    Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT            


Awards + Fellowships:

2017    Rasmuson Foundation Artist-In-Residence McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC

2014    Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship

2013    Alaska State Council on the Arts Individual Opportunity Grant

2008    Artist Trust GAP (Grants for Artist Projects) Grant

           Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant

2006    Elmer Craig Award, National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts    

2004    Autio Award: Juried student exhibit, University of Montana

           Honorable Mention: Juried student exhibit, University of Montana    


Selected Teaching + Professional Experience:

2017       Winthrop University, Visiting Artist: Lecture and Critique, Rock Hill, SC

              Green Mountain College, Visiting Artist: Lecture and Workshop, Poultney, VT

2016       TILT : producer & curator of multi-media solo exhibition downtown Anchorage, AK

2015-16  Adjunct Art Instructor, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK

2010-11  Studio Assistant, Katy Stone Studio, Seattle, WA

2009       Adjunct Art Instructor Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

2008       Green Mountain College, Visiting Artist: Lecture and Workshop, Poultney, VT

             Centrum Young Artist Program Core Faculty, Port Townsend, WA


Private Collections:    

Leonard and Tannie Hyde, Anchorage, AK

Matt Claman and Lisa Rieger, Anchorage, AK

Laureen Young and Mike Parise, Anchorage, AK

University of Montana, Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, MT

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Karen Dacek, Bainbridge Island, WA

Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson, P.A., Charlotte, NC



2017    Featured Artist, Earth Issue, November 2017.

2017    “Artist Profile : Amy Johnson”, Amy Rogers for McColl Center for Art + Innovation, October 2017

2016    "Artist Creates Her Own Gallery to Showcase Work", Mike Dunham, Alaska Dispatch, July 8, 2016

2012    “Up Now, True North,” ART News, September 2012, p. 118.

2011    “Amy Johnson at Gage Academy and Fetherston Gallery,” Artdish: Northwest Forum on Visual Art, March 2011.

2010    “Waking Up at Cal Anderson: a Q&A with artist Amy Johnson,” City Arts, August 10, 2010.

2009    Clayton, Alec: “Gilded Cage: An Elegant Installation at SPSCC,” Weekly Volcano, February 12, 2009, Olympia, WA.

2007    Hart, Jordan: “I was in a Relationship with Art: An Interview with Amy Johnson,” http:/www.centrum.org/youth/2007/10/an-interview-wi.html

           Hackett, Regina: “Henry and the Masters” http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/art/archives/115867.asp?source=rss