Raised in the south, Jan Johnson now lives in New England where she teaches and creates.




2003  MFA with Honors, Painting, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI

2001  Post Baccalaureate, Painting and Drawing, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

1990  BA Art with Minor in Women’s Studies, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

1990  University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy (Post-Graduate Studio Art and Art History courses)



2009  Present Instructor, Clark University, Worcester, MA (Introduction to Printmaking, Printmaking II:Experimental Media, Drawing: Eye, Mind, Hand)

2012  Present Print Studio Manager, Clark University, Worcester, MA

2005  Present  Instructor, University Of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA (Drawing I & II, Painting II, Art Concepts I–Two-Dimensional Design, Art Concepts II–Three-Dimensional Design, Studio Workshop, Form and Content, Art Colloquium)

2012   Instructor, Chester College, Chester, NH (Introduction to Printmaking, Printmaking II)

2011, 2004 Artist-in-Residence, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Introduction to Drawing, Intermediate Drawing, Introduction to Printmaking)

2009-2010 Instructor, University Of New England, Biddeford, ME, (Painting I)

2009  Instructor, Babson College, Babson Park, MA (Acrylic Painting)

2008   Instructor, Montserrat College Of Art, Beverly, MA (Life Drawing)

2006   Instructor, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston, MA (Monotype/Monoprint)

2003  Visiting Assistant Professor, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (Introduction to Painting, Independent Study with Senior Painter)

2003  Instructor, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston, MA (Pre-Semester for Freshmen)

2003  Instructor, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI (draw/print/paint/print/draw)

2003  Teaching Assistant, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI (Graduate Drawing, Undergraduate Painting Program in Rome including Monotype Workshop, Sophomore Painting and Drawing)

2001  Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston, MA (Pre-Semester for Freshman)

2001  Teaching Assistant, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Three-Dimensional Design)



2014 Adjunct Faculty Development Grant, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

2013 Faculty Development Mini-Grant, Higgins Foundation, Clark University, Worcester, MA

2010  MCC Fellowship (Drawing), Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA

2018-2012 National Membership, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2002 Graduate Painting Fellowship in Rome, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI



         Two-Person Exhibition, “My Mother is my Show and Tell”, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

         “Quilts: Pushing at the Seams”, Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA

         “Unbound: Artists and Quilters Redefine the Quilt”, Babson College, Babson Park, MA

         “2013 Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds”, Beards & Weil Galleries, Norton, MA, Juror Judith Tannenbaum

         “FORM+CONTENT+CONTEXT”, Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University, Worcester, MA

         “Self/Fabricated”, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA (catalogue)

         “Legendary Landscapes: Real & Imagined”, Newport Art Museum, Newport, MA, online exhibition, Finalist Award

         “Strange Glue”, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School, Weston, MA, online exhibition (catalogue)

         “Vote! Vote! Vote! 2012”, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA

         “small stories”, Urban Alchemist, Brooklyn, NY

         “Made in Medway”, The Stone Mill Art Gallery, Medway, MA

         “Parlor”, OH Projects, Drive-by Gallery, Watertown, MA

         “Welcome to the Neighborhood”, Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA

         “Celebrating Kindred Spirits and Strange Bed Fellows”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Catherine Morris

           “A Contemporary Feminine Sublime”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

           Solo Exhibition, “Jan Johnson: I did not provide the cup”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

           “Inside-Out”, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA

           “13: New and Recent Work by Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Recipients in Painting and Drawing”, Tufts University Arts Gallery, Medford, MA

           “Play”, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)

           “Across Sections: A Cross Section”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

           “National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2011”, The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

           “A woman’s work is never done”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Susan Altmann

             “Secrets”, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA

             “Seeing Double”, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

             “Off the Wall”, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, curated by Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, MFA, Boston, and Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, ICA, Boston

             “A Community of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition”, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA

             “Self/Fabricated”, The Maynard Art Center, Maynard, MA

             “…and sweeps me away”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Barbara O’Brien, Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

 Members Exhibit, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA

            “Faculty Exhibition”, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME

            “The Sketchbook Project”, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 303 Grand, Brooklyn, NY, Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA, Art and Shelter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Soulard Art Market, Saint Louis, MO, Home Gallery, Chicago, IL

          “Mother/mother”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

          “Material is Language”, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA, curated by Nick Capasso, Chief Curator of the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum

          “It’s all about perception”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

          “Faculty Exhibition”, Hogan Campus Center, University of New England, Biddeford, ME

          “Formalities of Seeing”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

          “Paper Explorations”, Wallace L. Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State College,  MA

          “Wish You Were Here 8”, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

          “Historical Interpretation: Contemporary Artists Interpret the Historic Collection”, Peabody Historical Society and Museum, Peabody, MA

          “Contemporary Humanism”, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Rocio Aranda, Curator, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

          “RISD New England Alumni Biennial”, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, curated by Dina Deitsch, Assistant Curator, DeCordova Museum + Park

          “Mementos of Celebration”, Old Town Hall, Salem, MA, juried by Paula Bradstreet Richter, Curator of Textiles and Costumes, Peabody Essex Museum

          “Dress Code”, Cushing-Martin Gallery, Stonehill College, Easton, MA

          “Women of the Cloth”, Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, Boston, MA


         “Postcard Benefit Exhibition”, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

         “Faculty Biennial Exhibition”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA


         “Materials”, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA


         “Faculty Biennial Exhibition”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

         “Selections 2003: RISD Graduate Studies/ Painting and Sculpture”, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York, NY

         “RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition”, RISD Museum, Providence, RI, curated by Matthew Collings, Critic, Modern Painters

         “fodder, faith and fatigue”, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island

         “The Wall of Draw”, Sol Koffler Annex and Case Graduate Gallery, Providence, RI, Curator

          “Welcome to Our Fantasy”, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

          “Drawing: Installation Art “, Catalyst Arts, RISD Community Arts Project, Pawtucket, RI

          “Print Biennial”, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

          “Off the Shelf: Artists’ Books & Paper Creations”, Market House Gallery, Providence, RI




         Rachel May, Quilting a Modern Life, “Repurposing Grandmother’s Handkerchiefs”, “Bullion Stitch”, (North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2014), 96-98.

         Mary Modeen, Editor, Invisible Scotland: Revealing a Process of Interdisciplinary Discovery, (Moray School of Art Press: The University of the Highlands and Island and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, The University of Dundee, 2013), 59.

         Leslie Schomp and Candice Smith Corby, Self/Fabricated, (Osp catalogs: China, 2012), 12-13, 24, 28.

         Ryan Gallagher and Derek Fenner, Young Angel Midnight: An Emerging Generation in the Arts in Lowell, (Bootstrap Press: Lowell, MA, 2011), 43-50.

         Cate McQuaid, “Paintings, drawings, and the in between”, The Boston Globe, July 13, 2011



        “Air, Sea, Battle”, Artsake Massachusetts Cultural Council (blog), January 13, 2011, 12:12 p.m.



         “Jan Johnson I Did Not Provide The Cup”, A.I.R. Gallery, 2011.

         “Interview with Jan Johnson”, A.I.R. Gallery, December 4, 2011.

         “Liz Surbeck Biddle, Melissa Furness, Jan Johnson and Nancy Lasar, A Feminine Contemporary Sublime”, A.I.R. Gallery, November 2011.

         “Group Exhibition Mother/Mother*, A.I.R. Gallery, December 2010.




         “My Mother is my Show and Tell”, Sewing is Writing is Body is Sewing, panelist, The Disembodied Poetics Conference, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, October 10-12.