Artist's Biography

Margaret Kennard Johnson

Tel: 609.924.5539  Fax: 609.683.5289 e-mail: mkj231@verizon.net

 

 SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selected Listing)

2008    MARGARET KENNARD JOHNSON:  OF WIRE, MESH, PAPER and FOIL, Gruss Center for Visual Arts,

               The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ.

2006    INK, PAPER, RUSTED WIRE, AND MESH, Princeton University Women and Gender Study Program,

               Princeton, NJ.

2005    PRINTS and HANDMADE PAPER WORKS, The Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ.

2004    MARGARET KENNARD JOHNSON: FROM STONE to MESH – SIXTY YEARS, Rider University

               Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ.

2002    HANDMADE PAPER WORKS, The Tolman Collection, Tokyo, Japan.

1996    Retrospective Show at Artworks, The School of Visual Arts of Princeton and Trenton, NJ.

1995    INTAGLIO and RELIEF PRINTS, The Tolman Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

1994    Drinker, Biddle and Reath, Princeton, NJ.

1993    International Print Society, New Hope, PA.

               The Bill Bace Gallery, Southampton, NY.

1991    The Verne Collection, University Heights, OH.

               The Miyabi Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan.

1988    The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

1986    The U.S.A. Information Service Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

1985    Norske Grafikere, Oslo, Norway.

1983    International Print Society, New Hope, PA.

 

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS (Selected Listing)

2007    CERAMIC SCULPTURE, by Peter Callas and PRINTS AND HANDMADE PAPER WORKS by Margaret

               Kennard Johnson, Trenton City Museum, NJ.

2004    BEYOND THE IMAGE-II : Barry Snyder and Margaret K. Johnson. Atelier Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ.

2001    Handmade Paper Works, The So Hyun Gallery, New York, NY.

               INCLUSIONS Mercer County Community College Art Gallery, Trenton, NJ.

1998   The Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ.

               The Legacy Gallery, Newtown, PA.

               Stark and Stark, Lawrenceville, NJ.

1993    The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH.

               Ann Reid Gallery, Princeton, NJ.

1991    The Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ.

1989    CWAJ ASSOCIATE SHOW, American Club, Tokyo, Japan.

  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected Listing)

 

2011    BUMPING INTO INTANGIBLES,  Movis (8 artists), Pingree School, Martinsville, NJ

 

2011    INSIDE THE BOX, Movis (8 artists), Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University,

               Princeton, NJ.

2011    FOCUS ON PRINCETON, Princeton Artists Alliance, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University,

               Montclair, NJ.

2011    PINE BARRENS REDISCOVERED, Princeton Artists Alliance and The Long Beach Island Foundation of the

               Arts and Sciences.

2010    MATERIAL TRANSLATIONS:  ARTISTS’ BOOKS FROM 1970 TO NOW, (Invited), Arts Council of Princeton,

               NJ.

2010    REINVENTING THE WHEEL, Movis artists, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ.

2010    MYTHS AND MARKS:  ARCHETYPES THROUGHOUT THE AGES, (Invited), Printmaking Council of New

              Jersey, Branchburg, NJ.

2009    Annual CWAJ NATIONAL PRINT SHOW, American Club, Tokyo, Japan.

2008    THE ARTIST’S EYE:  Princeton Artists Alliance and the Collections of the Princeton University Art Museum,

               Princeton, NJ.

2008    IN SUSPENSION, Movis group, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

2008    THE SHAPE OF IMAGINATION:  Women of Black Mountain College, Ashville, NC.

2008    NIBBLING AT THE CUBE, (Movis group), Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ.

2007    DANGEROUS WOMEN II, (invited) Gallery, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.

2007    Fiftieth Anniversary CWAJ Print Show from Japan, opening March 28, The Library of Congress,

               Washington D.C.

2006    MARSH MEDITATIONS, The Princeton Artists Alliance, at Bristol Myers Squibb Gallery,

               Princeton, NJ.

               NATIONAL PRINTS 2006, College of New Jersey -- Purchase Award

               FIFTIETH ANNUAL NATIONAL JURIED PRINT EXHIBITION , Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ.

               Purchase Award.

2005    VISION and VOICE: The Princeton Artists Alliance and New Jersey Poets, The New Jersey State

               Museum, Trenton, NJ.

2004    VISIONS of JAPAN, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.

               Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ.

               EAST MEETS WEST - 3 artists. The Williams Gallery/Hills Gallery, Princeton, NJ. .

               DIVERSE DIRECTIONS in PRINTMAKING, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Rutgers

               University, New Brunswick, NJ.

2003    NATIONAL PRINTMAKING 2003, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.

               100 NEW JERSEY ARTISTS MAKE PRINTS, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

               PAPER WORK: A CELEBRATION OF FIBER, SURFACE, AND STRUCTURE, Gallery 31 North,

               Glen Gardner, NJ.

1999-2006, 2008-2009    NATIONAL PRINT SHOW, Sponsored annually by The College Women’s Association

               of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.

2002    HOMER’S ODYSSEY, (Princeton Artists Alliance Group), Newark Museum, Newark, NJ.

               LAYERS OF TIME AND SPACE, (3 Artists), Atelier Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ.

2001    A FAR EASTERN PERSPECTIVE, (3 artists The Williams Gallery, Princeton. NJ.

               BOXED IN, Print Show, (15 Artists) Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

               TAWA Juried Show, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

2000    REGENERATION, Princeton Artists Alliance Group, Considine Gallery, Stuart School, Princeton, NJ.

               STILL WORKING: NEW JERSEY ARTISTS OVER 65, Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ.

               EAST MEETS WEST, Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH.

               HANDMADE PAPER WORKS, (Four Artists), Summit Bank Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey.

1999    NEW JERSEY FINE ARTS EXHIBITION:, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

               Homer’s ODYSSEY (Princeton Artists Alliance Group) Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ.

               NATIONAL PRINTMAKI NG 1999 College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.

               PAPER WORK: PULP AS MEDIUM (6 artists), The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.

1998    TRANSCENDING THE SURFACE (Four Artists), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ.

                NATIONAL PRINTMAKING, 1998, Pittsburgh Print Group, Pittsburgh, PA.

                Papermaking Show curated by Dieu Donne’ Paper Mill, New York, NY.

1997     The Jun Collection, Amstelveen, The Netherlands;

                FIVE ARTISTS - in conjunction with the publication of the book, "QUIET ELEGANCE: JAPAN

                THROUGH THE EYES OF NINE AMERICAN ARTISTS"). The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin

                College, Oberlin OH.

1996     PRINCETON ARTISTS ALLIANCE Group, The Lobby Gallery, New York, NY.

1995     The Williams Gallery, Princeton, NJ; at Merrill Lynch Gallery, Plainsboro, NJ.

’95,’93  NATIONAL PRINT COMPETITION, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ.

1993-’10  PRINTFAIR and WORKS ON PAPER Annuals, The Park Ave. Armory, NY, NY, (Represented by

                 The Verne Collection, Cleveland, OH).

1993      Princeton Artists Alliance Group, Scanticon Conference Center, Princeton, NJ.

1992      INTERNATIONAL PRINT COMPETITION, Silver Mine, CT.

MASTER PRINTS of Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, Bristol-Myers Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ.

1991           ALL IN LINE (3 families of artists: George Grosz, Karen Grosz; Rube Goldberg, Thomas George;    Margaret Johnson, Lonni Sue Johnson) at The Milberg Gallery, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

1988       JAPAN PRINT ASSOCIATION SHOW, Metropolitan Museum , Tokyo, Japan (Also ‘‘76-79,’ 83-87).

1986,7   CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE PRINTS FROM JAPAN, British Museum, London, England.

1986       PRINTS FROM JAPAN, Pratt Graphics Gallery, New York, NY.

1980       PRINTS-’80, Tochigi Prefectural Museum, Utsunomiya, Japan.

1973       AMERICAN AND BRAZILIAN PRINTS, Sao Paulo Museum, Brazil.

  

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

British Museum, London, England.

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Minnesota Art Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH. 

The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

The Tochigi Prefectural Museum, Utsunomiya, Japan

Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Newark Library, Newark, NJ. (Professional Exhibiting Group)

Firestone Library Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ.

Zimmerli Museum Archives, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.

Corporate and Private Collections in USA, Europe, Japan.

  

COMMISSIONED WORKS

2011    Capital Health Systems Project: 

               20 Original Prints for new hospital in Hopewell, NJ and

               10 Original Prints for Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

2004    Mesh Installation for Princeton Public Library’s “Quiet Room”, Princeton, NJ.

  

VIDEOS:

2007    A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS AN OLD(ER) WOMAN:  Three Octogenarian women artists, by Tova

               Beck-Friedman, NY, NY.

2006    Margaret Kennard Johnson, Studio Interview, with Anne Reeves, for Channel 30, Princeton, NJ.

2004    BEYOND THE IMAGE-II: Barry Snyder and Margaret K. Johnson. SMP Video - Seth Mellman

               Productions.

2004    Princeton Public Library:  Studio Interviews with Artists of the New Library’s Art Installations.

1988    CROSSING CULTURES – The American/Japanese Experience -- (Six Artists including M.K. Johnson

               and George Nakashima), Published by the Media Center, Trenton State College, NJ.

  

PUBLISHED WRITINGS ABOUT M.K. JOHNSON’S ART.

2005    MARGARET KENNARD JOHNSON – LOOKING WITHIN, by Allison Tolman, Daruma—Japanese Art

               and Antiques Magazine, Spring Issue #46.

1999    MEDIUM, THEN MESSAGE, in ART MATTERS (Spring/Summer 1999, Philadelphia) by Patricia

               Summers.

1997    "Quiet Elegance: Japan through the Eyes of Nine American Artists" P. 41-51, by Betsy Franco and

               Michael Verne, ( Publisher, Charles Tuttle, Boston and Tokyo 1997).

1983    Margaret K. Johnson – DELICATE AND HILLY SURFACES, Hangwa Gejutsu (a Quarterly on

               International Prints, Autumn, 1983, Tokyo), by Takahiko Okada.

  

PUBLISHED WRITINGS BY M.K. JOHNSON.

Book:     Japanese Prints Today: Tradition with Innovation, by Margaret K. Johnson and Dale K.

                  Hilton, published by Shufunotomo C. Ltd., Tokyo; 1980. Distributed by Charles Tuttle, Boston and

                  Tokyo.

Chapter in the book Art for the Family, by Victor D’Amico, Published by Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY, ca. Mid-1950’s

Articles: 1980-2006

JOURNAL OF THE PRINT WORLD, USA, many reviews of the annual CWAJ National Print Show

HANGWA GEIJUTSU (International Quarterly on Prints), Japan.

PRINTNEWS, USA

 

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION (Selected Listing)

2007    Marquis WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA, 2007 Edition.

2006    Purchase Award, 50thANNUAL NATIONAL JURIED PRINT EXHIBITION, Hunterdon Museum of  Art,

               Art,Clinton,NJ.

2006    Purchase Award, THE NATIONAL PRINT SHOW, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.

2005    Invited Lecture: JAPANESE PRINTS: INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES OF THE PAST FIFTY

               YEARS, at the Seattle Asian Museum. Sponsored by the Blakemore Foundation, Seattle, WA.

2000    Artist/Teacher of the Year, Awarded by Artworks, The School of Visual arts, Princeton/Trenton.

1995    Invited Lecture and Demonstration of Techniques at The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts,

               Print Dept. Tokyo, Japan.

1993    Solo Juror for National Print Show1994, Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ.

1988    Invited Solo Show, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

1984    Awarded Junior Membership, Japan Print Assn. Tokyo, Japan(Few non-Japanese recipients).

 

DESIGN

ca. Late 1950’s Designed collage kit, for the Education Department of The Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY.,

               produced by Creative Playthings.  Sold in the Museum of Modern Art store.

1972    One of the 4 artist who designed The Magic Muse, for the New Jersey State Museum, two 40’ trailers

               containing art experiences and student activities, which traveled across NJ.  Robert Hillier architect.

   

EDUCATION

1943   Master of Design, School of Architecture and Design, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI.

1941   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

1944   Studied with Josef Albers and Jose de Creeft at Black Mountain College, Black Mt., NC.

1990-‘04   Recent workshops at Manhattan Graphics, New York, NY; Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New

               Brunswick, NJ; Papermaking at Dieu Donne’ PaperMill, NYC. Collagraphs with Lisa Mackie

  

TEACHING

Earlier

   ‘46-’71   Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

   ‘46-’49   Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

   ‘45-’46   Texas State College for Women, Denton, TX.

   ‘43-’45   Drake University, Des Moines, IA.

More Recent / Intermittent Teaching

   ‘80-‘04   Princeton Art Assoc. (Artworks); Princeton Adult School; Tokyo American Club, Japan.

                  Montgomery Center for the Arts, Skillman, NJ.

   2011    See Through Art, workshop at Art Council of Princeton

   2010    About my work and ideas, Meadow Lakes Retirement Community, Heightstown, NJ

  

A FOUNDING MEMBER

2006    Movis (8 artists) from NJ.

1989    Princeton Artists Alliance, Princeton, NJ. 

 

WEBSITES and GALLERIES WHERE WORK IS REPRESENTED

Williams Gallery – Art & Frame, Davie, FL (formerly in Princeton, NJ), WmGallery.com 

The Verne Gallery, Cleveland, OH, VerneGallery.com

The Tolman Collection, Tokyo, Japan, TolmanTokyo.com   

Galerie Recolte, Fukuoka, Japan

BlackMountainProject.org

  

Residence in Princeton area, in NJ since 1948, except 1954-55 in Zurich, Switzerland, and 1975-83 in Tokyo, Japan.  Travel on all seven continents.

 


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