Tamara facing forward, long blonde hair with brown roots, smiling, pine wood in the background

Tamara Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor, Studio Art: Sculpture
Department of Studio Art

Art Building, Room 345E

Website: Tamara Johnson



Tamara Johnson, b. 1984, Waco, Texas, is an artist, educator and curator living in Dallas. Working primarily in sculpture, installation, and public art, Johnson uses various materials to unravel metaphor and meaning in objects and spaces, from ordinary household items to familiar backyard landscapes. Each project explores a personal terrain, transforming banal gestures into bouillon cubes of material meaning. Johnson obtained her B.F.A. in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and her M.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, in 2012.

Her projects have been exhibited at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Keijsers Koning Gallery, Dallas; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York; CUE Art Foundation, New York City; Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, Bronx, N.Y.; International Objects, Brooklyn, New York; and Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn, New York. In 2024, Johnson will complete a solo exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri, and a permanent public project in West Sacramento, California. Johnson has been awarded grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Foundation for Contemporary, the Santo Foundation, the 2022 Moss/Chumley Award, and recently a National Endowment for the Arts Arts Project Grant for Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, an outdoor sculpture park she co-directs with husband, Trey Burns, lecturer in New Media Art in the CVAD Department of Studio Art.

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