Celia Johnson, ‘Cycels.18’, 2017, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Celia Johnson writes, "I like to organize visual structure and I start the exploration by utilizing both analog and digital collage. Here I explore form in both deconstruction and recombination, in redundancy and repeat, testing the balance and tension within figure-ground relationships. Through this method I gradually construct my distinct form-in-form compositions of formal and chromatic components. These are built into layered, structured fields of color, and as I proceed, one composition suggests another." Celia Johnson received her BFA in design and printmaking at California College of the Arts. She has worked professionally in the design field in San Francisco, New York and Germany for clients including Levis Strauss, ESPRIT, The New York Times and Condé Nast. While in Germany, she studied painting as a visiting student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Prof. Christian Megert during a decade-long stay there. Returning to New York City, Celia pursued her concentration in painting while continuing to work professionally as an internationally recognized and award-winning designer/illustrator. Additionally she served as adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and holds an MPS graduate degree in new media design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts ITP program. Celia Johnson currently lives and works in Chapel Hill, NC. hard edge geometric abstract abstraction encaustic

b. St Louis, Missouri
Lives and works in Chapel Hill, NC


1998-2001 ITP, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (MPS)
1988-1990 Visiting Student, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1975 California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA (BFA)

Selected exhibitions

CONFLUENT: Celia Johnson & Donald Martiny, Fred Giampietro Gallery,
New Haven, CT (April 2017)
Made In Paint, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY (April 2017)
Celia Johnson & Donald Martiny, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC (September 2017)
Cycels, Small Works by Celia Johnson, Ackland Art Museum of UNC Chapel Hill,
Museum Store Gallery, curated by Alice Southwick (Fall 2017)

FICTION (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2, Corridor Projects, Dayton, OH
Also traveling to Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany
Curated by Jeffrey Courtland Jones
New Geometry, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Art in America On Tour, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC. Curated by Julie Torres and Ann Stoddard

Holiday Exhibition, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
WONDERMENT, Hunt Hill Farm - Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT
Curated by Jessica Jane Russell
Clint Jukkala & John Newman with works by Celia Johnson,
Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
InFocus Gallery | Works on Paper, GreenHill Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Some Assembly Required, The Curator Gallery, New York, NY
Curated by Mark Wethli

21 and Counting, The Painting Center, New York, NY
COLOR | FORM, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC (solo)
Patterson | Suggs | Johnson, LIGHT Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC
Little Somethings, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France
Winter Show, GreenHill Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Form Gesture Vision, 311 West Martin Street Gallery, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC (Juror, William Dunlap)
Open Source, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC - Juried by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
Exchange Gallery, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC

  1. This & That, Harris Warren Gallery, Wake Forest, NC

  2. Paintings for Midsummer, HighPoint Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
    POST, Herman Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Awards | Residencies

The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Exploratory Residency Grant,
New Berlin, NY May-June 2016

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
Artist Resident and Grant Recipient

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Artist Resident and Grant Recipient

Ninth Annual International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA
Scholarship Tuition Award

Academic Experience

2003-2005 Adjunct Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1997-1999 Adjunct Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD