« FACULTY / Anne Johnson
Professor in Intermedia
MFA 1973 Portland State University (Painting)
BFA 1969 Portland State University (Painting)
Museum Art School, Reed College,
University of California, Santa Barbara
Anne Johnson is a painter and digital printmaker. In her current work, she draws on globe projections, mid-century road maps, military surveys and political geography to explore the map as an always-belated image, memorial to yesterday’s knowledge. She is preoccupied with the metaphor of losing one’s way, map in hand; and with tall tales embodied in cartographic silences; and with arguments masked as measurements. In a map’s limited legibility, she finds meaning and an invitation to improvise. Graphic patterns and codes, the pathos of political borders, inevitable lacunae—these give her a place to start.
In the Pacific Northwest, Johnson has had solo shows at the Fountain and Laura Russo Galleries in Portland, The Art Gym, and Lynn McAllister Gallery in Seattle; invitational exhibitions at PCVA, Northwest Artists’ Workshop, Evergreen State College (West Coast Women’s Invitational), Elizabeth Leach Gallery, and Oregon Artists Under 35 and Paper Works at the Portland Art Museum. Outside the region, by invitation, she has shown at Nevada Art Museum, Blum Helman Soho, Hillwood Art Gallery (Long Island University), University of Oklahoma Art Museum, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Caracas), Wade Gallery (Los Angeles), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, Illinois), A.I.R. Gallery (NYC), Oceanside Museum of Art (Callifornia), and American University of Rome. Awards include a mural commission for the Justice Center in Portland, an Oregon Governor’s Office exhibition, a WESTAF fellowship, an NEA travel grant, and a Ragdale Foundation fellowship and residency. Johnson’s work can be seen in Edge Effect: Poems by Sandra McPherson (Wesleyan); Begin It, a film for OPBS by Elizabeth Bunker; Cross-Currents: 100 Drawings by Women (Hudson Hills); and also in catalogs produced by WESTAF, the Art Gym, Fountain Gallery, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, and the Nevada Art Museum.