Art Biography:

Stephanie Anne Johnson is a Berkeley, California based artist. She uses her installations and mixed media sculptures as a way to preserve and honor the history of Africans.

Her oeuvre focuses on the use of two primary elements: light and archival materials which include newspaper articles, photos and found relics. Ms. Johnson uses large scale slide projections in settings such as railroad stations, churches, cemeteries and galleries.

In her own words:

"Many of my pieces are homages to the ancestors. As an African-American woman, I believe it is essential to create and re-create our own images. In my work, the combination of projected light and architectural elements symbolizes the balance between the spiritual and material worlds or between heaven and earth. Timelessness, a recurrent theme, is conveyed by the ethereal nature of light."

Ms. Johnson has a B.F.A. from Emerson College, Boston, Mass., an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. from The University of California, Berkeley. She has been the recipient of grants from The National Endowment For The Arts, New Langton Arts and The Money For Women Fund. Commissions include; The Richmond Art Center, The City of Oakland: Public Arts Division and The Arts Festival of Atlanta.

Ms. Johnson has exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, The Berkeley Art Center, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, The Santa Cruz Art League, I.D.E.A. Artspace in Sacramento, CA and The Bayview Opera House among other galleries. In addition to her visual art, Ms. Johnson is a professional Lighting Designer working both nationally and internationally in theater and film.


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