Mary A. Johnson
Mary A. Johnson received her MFA from the State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y, in 2013. She has shown her work globally including the New York Hall of Science, the Nekrasov Library in Moscow, and multiple art centers and museums in China. Her work has been in group exhibitions juried by Jerry Saltz and Garth Johnson and collected by the Shanghai Art Collections Museum, Shanghai, China. Additionally, her work has been included in multiple international publications, including Rebeka Elizegi’s book Collage by Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists, sold globally in bookstores such as those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain. Her studio practice emphasizes the unstable and unreliable. The work takes the form of thickly- layered paper-based constructions, using photographic prints and natural materials.
Joining CVAD in 2019, she has taught at multiple institutions in China, including Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Art, and as an invited critic to Tsinghua University. Her teaching practice is aimed at empowering art and design students to manifest their individualized research interests into authentic and powerful visual representations of their own voices.
She enjoys working with both graduate teaching assistants and adjunct assistant instructors on a team-based approach to teaching CVAD’s innovative and globally-focused foundations curriculum.