Curriculum Vita

GRANT JOHNSON
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EDUCATION
2002 MFA, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – Printmaking, with significant work in ceramics, sculpture, and digital processes.
1999 BFA, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – Primary focus in printmaking, with extensive work in sculpture and ceramics.
HONORS: Zelda Berman scholarship prize in studio art.
1994 BA, WILLIAMS COLLEGE – Religion major with concentration in Studio Art/Architecture.
HONORS: Arthur B. Graves, 1858, Essay Prize in Religion. Cum Laude.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2002-2015 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF VISUAL ART, ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY, PHILIPPI, WV – Taught all Studio Art and Art History courses, along with Art Appreciation, Art Education, and Film.
2003-2004, 2006-2007 INSTRUCTOR, GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE HUMANITIES AND VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Focued on cross-disciplinary curriculum development with instructors in the Humanities. Courses included “The Post-Human” and “Mosaics of Meaning.”
2003-2004 INSTRUCTOR, KING COLLEGE SUMMER IN ITALY PROGRAM – Taught drawing and Renaissance Art History to students studying abroad in Montepulciano and Rome, Italy.
2002 INSTRUCTOR, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – Summer session Drawing and Painting (Instructor of Record).
2000-2002 GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – Taught Beginning Drawing and Fundamentals of Design (Instructor of Record).
2001 TEACHER, INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN TECHNOLOGY – Taught Foundation 3D and 2D Design courses to students pursuing degrees in graphic design.
1994-1995 TEACHER, BIC EIKAIWA, OSAKA, JAPAN – Taught English in Japan to students ranging in age from 3 to 50 years. Quickly adapted in an international setting.
1992-1994 EDUCATIONAL TOURGUIDE, WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART – Planned and led group tours as part of the Museum Associate program.

COURSES TAUGHT
ART APPRECIATION – Course presents visual art vocabulary which students use in developing critical interpretive responses to modern and contemporary artworks presented in carefully selected pairs. Writing intensive, with two papers, essay exams, and in-class writing exercises.
ART EDUCATION – Introduces various pedagogical approaches to teaching art in primary grades through middle school. Significant practicum component with emphasis on lesson planning and implementation.
ART FUNDAMENTALS – Foundations course emphasizing mastery of visual elements and principles of design through assigned exercises (both 2D and 3D). Students also propose and complete independent projects of larger scope.
ART HISTORY I ­– Writing intensive survey from prehistory to the late Middle Ages. Students develop interpretive responses to artworks in independent papers and essay exams.
ART HISTORY II – Writing intensive survey from the Early Renaissance to the early 19th century. Students develop interpretive responses to artworks in independent papers and essay exams.
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART HISTORY – Writing intensive course built around pairs of works in the categories of 2D, 3D, Time-Based, and Conceptual Art. Students encounter and analyze work from the late 19th century to the present.
CERAMICS I – Introduction to wheel throwing and hand-building. Students learn to mix clay, create vessels and forms, use slab rollers, extruders, and other tools, glaze, and fire in electric kilns.
DRAWING I, II, III, IV – Introductory to advanced level drawing courses, with emphasis on independent project proposals and the development of distinct, cohesive bodies of work.
FILM – Introduction to central terms, concepts, and practices in film production. Students apply newly acquired knowledge as they develop interpretive responses to films based on careful analysis of narrative and formal characteristics.
PAINTING I, II, III, IV – Introductory to advanced level painting courses, with emphasis on mastery of materials and technique, independent project proposals, and the development of distinct, cohesive bodies of work.
PRINTMAKING I, II, III, IV – Introductory to advanced printmaking courses. Approaches include relief, screen, and intaglio (drypoint, etching, and engraving). Emphasis on independent project proposals and works combining multiple techniques.
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES – A seminar in which students draft artist’s statements and curricula vitae, and establish a web page for themselves with portfolios of creative work. Students also enter at least one juried show, or apply for a grant or residency.
SCULPTURE I – Introduction to direct methods and fabrication in wood, metal, and plastic. Basic mold making and cold casting are also covered. Emphasis on independent project proposals, and appropriate finishing.
SUCCESS IN VISUAL ART – Establishes time management skills, asks students to set goals for after graduation, and requires working drafts of artist’s statements and curricula vitae. Precursor to Professional Practices.
SOLO EXHIBITION – Practicum in which students take full responsibility for a solo exhibition, including all PR and any fabrication of gallery furniture, etc.

IN ALL OF MY COURSES, I EMPHASIZE CRITICAL REFLECTION ON PROBLEM SOLVING. THIS IS CONDUCTED VIA A WORKSHEET WHICH MAKES VISIBLE STUDENT LEARNING THAT OFTEN REMAINS HIDDEN – PARTICULARLY IN STUDIO COURSES WHERE PORTFOLIOS MAY BE THE PRIMARY INSTRUMENTS OF ASSESSMENT. I ALSO PROVIDE RUBRICS FOR ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS, AS WELL AS FOR PARTICIPATION IN CRITIQUES.

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015-PRESENT OPERATIONS MANAGER / GRAPHIC ARTIST, INDIGO NIGHT GRAPHICS – Use a variety of imaging software to produce custom fine art giclee prints and manage production, shipping, and customer service for an internet-based retailer specializing in one-of-a-kind commemorations of life events.
2013-PRESENT PORTRAITIST – Paint commissioned oil portraits of adult and child subjects for clients ranging from individuals to universities.
2002-2015 DIRECTOR, DAYWOOD GALLERY OF ART, ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY – Curated and oversaw all exhibitions, logistics, and PR for 3 shows per semester by artists from a wide variety of backgrounds.
2002 PRINTER, MANNEKEN PRESS – Printed four intaglio editions for Master Printer Jonathan Higgins.
2001 STUDIO ASSISTANT, MANNEKEN PRESS – Worked for Master Printer Jonathan Higgins printing a variable edition for Texas-based artist Ted Kincaid.
2001 PRINTER, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – Contracted to edition a set of lithographic prints donated by the art faculty as a benefit fundraiser.
2000 PHOTOGRAPHER, WILDERNESS VOYAGEURS, OHIOPYLE, PA – Took digital pictures of guided rafting tours on the Youghiogheny River.
1994 ASSISTANT TO THE ARCHITECT, EXCAVATION OF TROY, TURKEY – Produced measured drawings of architectural elements at a major overseas archaeological dig.

GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS
2012-2014 CAMPUS/COMMUINITY LINK PROJECT GRANT FOR PUBLIC ART IN CLARKSBURG, WV – Secured $5000 grant to support a year-long project for Alderson Broaddus student artists to develop public art projects for uptown Clarksburg, WV. Served as faculty coordinator.
2011-12 ACA/UNCA UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH GRANT – On an interdisciplinary team awarded $10,000 to research the Role of Aesthetics in Determinations of Truth and Falsehood Since the Industrial Revolution
2011 BURBICK FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANT – $3000 to pursue creative research during the summer months.
2009 BURBICK FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANT – $5000 to purchase computer equipment supporting creative research into video animation and other media.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
JANUARY 2016 MOVIE MEMORABILIA I – ‘RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK,’ SLEETH GALLERY, WEST VIRGINIA WESELEYAN COLLEGE, BUCKHANNON, WV – Presented a live performance in which I used a video camera to record myself writing, from memory, the narrative of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The recorded video was then shown on a loop in the gallery.
SPRING 2013 TRANSFIGURED by TIME, DAYWOOD GALLERY, ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY – Large-scale video installation.
2007 HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW, DAYWOOD GALLERY, ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY – Installation and web-based artwork.
2002 R.E.B.U.S. 1, DAYWOOD GALLERY, ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY – Prints, slide puzzles, artist’s book, and sculpture.
2002 MFA CANDIDATE THESIS EXHIBITION, MESAROS GALLERIES, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY – Show of work done in support of MFA Thesis.
2001 SPECIAL EFFECTS, MONONGALIA ARTS CENTER, MORGANTOWN, WV – Recent paintings, prints, and sculpture.
1999 BFA CANDIDATE EXHIBITION, MEZZANINIE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – Prints done in support of BFA degree.
1998 GRANT JOHNSON: RECENT WORK, HOPE CHURCH GALLERY, RICHFIELD, MN – Recent photos, prints, and paintings.

COMMISSIONS
2015 PORTRAITS OF THE CADDELL FAMILY CHILDREN – Three informal oils for the family.
2015 PORTRAITS OF THE VOIGT FAMILY DAUGHTERS – Two informal oils for the family.
2014 LEADERSHIP PORTRAIT OF RON BURBICK – Commissioned by Alderson Broaddus University to honor its long-serving Board Chairman.
2013 PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAIT OF MICHAEL CLYBURN – Quarter-length oil commissioned by Alderson Broaddus University.

GROUP AND INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2014 COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT OF RON BURBICK DISPLAYED AT GROUP TEN GALLERY, KENT, OHIO
2013 SENSE OF PLACE, HUNTINGTON MUSEUM OF ART, HUNTINGTON, WV – Group show of West Virginia artist-educators.
2009 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY PRINT PORTFOLIO EXHIBIT, MORGANTOWN, WV – Group show of prints by graduates and former professors of art associated with WVU.
2007 SECAC ANNUAL CONFERENCE EXHIBIT, CHARLESTON, WV – Group show of work by West Virginia College Art Faculty.
2005 RANDOLPH COUNTY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER FALL JURIED EXHIBIT, ELKINS, WV
2002 SPREAD THE WORD, MUSEUM IN THE COMMUNITY, HURRICANE, WV – Group show of work incorporating text.
2002 PRINT GUMBO PORTFOLIO, SOUTHERN GRAPHICS COUNCIL CONVENTION, NEW ORLEANS, LA – Group show of work by council members.
2001 LINEUP, PAUL MESAROS GALLERY, MORGANTOWN, WV – Group show of recent work by graduate students at West Virginia University.
2001 NEW ARTISTS IN THE MOUNTAIN STATE, MUSEUM IN THE COMMUNITY, HURICANE, WV – Group show of work by emerging West Virginia artists.
2001 BORDER CROSSINGS PORTFOLIO, SOUTHERN GRAPHICS COUNCIL CONVENTION, AUSTIN, TX – Group show of prints by council members.
2000-2001 SNAPSHOT, CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM, BALTIMORE, MD – Group show of recent photographs by artists from across the country. (Show traveled nation-wide)
2000 SUMMERREACTION, LAURA MESAROS GALLERY, MORGANTOWN, WV – Recent work by graduate students at West Virginia University.
1999 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS, KATHERINE NASH GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – Show of work by students awarded scholarships by the Art Department at the University of Minnesota.
1998 HOT OF THE PRESS, JITTERS GALLERY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Group show of recent prints.
1998 ST. PAUL ART CRAWL, ST. PAUL, MN – Two-person exhibition of prints and photos.
1998 BRUSHSTROKES, MEZZANINE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – Group show of recent paintings.
1997 HEAVY METAL, MEZZANINE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – Group show of recent sculpture.

PUBLICATIONS
Review of Spencer Finch at Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Art Papers, vol. 36, no. 2 (March / April 2012): 55
Review of Cathy Wilkes at Carnegie Museum of Art, Art Papers, vol. 36, no. 1 (January / February 2012): 61
Review of Runa Islam at Museum of Modern Art, Art Papers, ¸vol. 35, no. 5 (September / October 2011): 53
Review of Cory Arcangel at Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Papers, vol. 35, no. 5 (September / October 2011): 51
Review of Mixed Signals at Andy Warhol Museum, Art Papers¸ vol. 35, no. 4 (July / August 2011): 55-56
Review of Hans Op De Beeck at Hirshhorn Museum, Art Papers¸ vol. 35, no. 3 (May / June 2011): 57
Review of Ragnar Kjartansson at Carnegie Museum of Art, Art Papers¸ vol. 35, no. 3 (May / June 2011): 53
Review of Forum 65: Reanimation at Carnegie Museum of Art, Art Papers¸ vol. 35, no. 1 (January / February 2011): 51-52
Review of Eiko and Koma at Walker Art Center, Art Papers¸ vol. 35, no. 1 (January / February 2011): 51-52
Review of Keizaburo Okamura at Dillon Gallery, NY, Art Papers¸ vol. 34, no. 6 (November/December 2010): 55-56
Feature Article Building Silence: Guillermo Kuitca, Art Papers, vol. 34., no. 6 (November/December 2010): 32-37
Review of Haegue Yang and Martha Rosler at Carnegie Museum of Art, Art Papers¸ vol. 34, no. 4 (July / August 2010): 57
Review of Inigo Manglano-Ovalle at Art Institute of Chicago, Art Papers¸ vol. 34, no. 3 (May / June 2010): 51-52
Review of Cecil Balmond at Carnegie Museum of Art, Art Papers, vol. 34, no 2. (March/April 2010): 58
Review of Luc Tyumans at Wexner Center for the Arts, Art Papers, vol. 34, no 2. (March/April 2010): 47
Review of Thomás Saraceno at Walker Art Center, Art Papers, vol. 33, no. 6 (Nov/Dec 2009): 62

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2010 APPALACHIAN COLLEGE ASSOCIATION SUMMIT – “Assessment of Critical Thinking in the Visual Arts and Beyond.” Presentation and workshop.

GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
SUMMER 2011 – FACULTY RESIDENCY AT NEW YORK CENTER FOR ART AND MEDIA STUDIES – Supported by $3000 Burbick Faculty Development Funding Grant

MEMBERSHIPS
BEGINNING 2002 APPALACHIAN COLLEGE ASSOCIATION
BEGINNING 2000 SOUTHERN GRAPHICS COUNCIL
BEGINNING 1999 COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION

EXHIBITIONS JURIED
SPRING 2012 WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN STUDENT ART SHOW
FALL 2005 TAYLOR COUNTY JURIED ART SHOW
SPRING 2004 WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN STUDENT ART SHOW
FALL 2004 FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT ART SHOW

EXHIBITIONS CURATED
DAYWOOD GALLERY – MORE THAN 60 EXHIBIIONS. THREE SHOWS PER SEMESTER, STARTING IN THE FALL OF 2002, INCLUDING GROUP AND SOLO STUDENT ART SHOWS. PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS HAVE INCLUDED MIRIAM SCHAPIRO, BILL FICK, GERALD HABARTH, MICHAEL SHERWIN, SUZANNE FARIS, JENNIFER YERDON, BILL ROSEBERRY, STEVE LAWSON, GARY SCHUBERT, JASON BONERT, RON HOLLINGSHEAD, RICK LOVE, CHARLES GOOLSBY, BRENT PATTERSON, HEIDI BENDER, STEVE HUTCHINS, AND OTHERS.

COLLECTIONS
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY

REFERENCES
1. Sergio Soave, Chair, Department of Art, Ohio State University. 614-292-1344 (Office); soave.1@osu.edu

2. Kristina Olson, Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, West Virginia University. (304) 293-2978 (Office); Kristina.Olson@mail.wvu.edu

3. Sarah Smelser, Associate Professor of Art, Illinois State University. (309) 438-8535 (Office); ssmelse@ilstu.edu

TRAVEL
SUMMER 2014, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Week long seminar at the Center for Hellenic Studies to develop curriculum around The Odyssey.
SUMMER 2007, GREECE – Traveled with a group of faculty interested in developing course content around Hellenic subjects and traditions.
SUMMER 2003 and 2004, ITALY – Taught as part of the King College summer abroad program in Montepulciano and Rome.

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