David Johnson’s artwork at Kennedy this month

About the Artist

David Johnson was born in one of the Midwestern states that begins with the letter “I”. He went to public school, walked beans, detasseled corn, baled hay, worked as a bus boy, janitor, state liquor store clerk, and roofer. He built cement grain elevators on the Mississippi River, picked apples in Washington state, put together the Ferris Wheel for the carnival, worked in a K-Mart Pet and Garden Center, Sears catalog warehouse, painted houses, and fell off the Christmas tree truck.

David Johnson art display @ KennedyHe attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and received BFA and MFA degrees in Drawing and Printmaking from a couple of different state universities. He has taught at Miami University, Anderson College, Minnetrista and Ball State University where he has instructed Printmaking and Drawing since 1988.

David Johnson has exhibited his etchings, woodcuts and artist’s books in a few hundred exhibitions locally, regionally, nationally and occasionally abroad. He has received a number of awards for his work. His prints and books are in several collections including, the Boston Public Library, Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, The Elvejhem Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carleton College, the University of Maine, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Harvard University Art Museum to name a few.

The present exhibition at Kennedy Library includes selections from an ongoing series of linocuts comprised of views of Middletown (Muncie) and its residents.

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