MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2001
BA in Visual and Performing Arts, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, 1994. Magna cum laude

solo exhibitions

2016: Cherryhurst House, Houston, TX (September. Details TBA)
2014: In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful: A Journey and Project in Progress, Cal Poly University Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA.
In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful, Yam Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico.
2012: Suck Squeeze Bang Blow, Kesting/Ray Gallery, New York, NY. Catalog with essay by Kelly Baum.
2010: Erasure, Christina Ray, New York, NY. Catalog with essay by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.
2009: Air and Blood, Glowlab, New York, NY. Catalog.
No Distractions, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ. Brochure with essay by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.
2007: Hard/Soft, Conflux 2007, Brooklyn, NY
2006: Degrees of Separation, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX. Brochure with essay by Regine Basha.
Plumb, The Donkey Show at Motel 3, San Antonio, TX
2003: Your Space, Patrick Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
2002: Telling Time by Remote Control, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA

selected group exhibitions

2014: Drive, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
Mapping the Unfamiliar: The BoxoHOUSE Survey 2013, BoxoOFFICE, New York, NY
Object! Object!, Good Good Things, San Diego, CA
2012: Invested Landscape, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
2011: Révision Périphérique, Projective City, Paris, France
Pulse LA, Christina Ray, Los Angeles, CA
2010: NEXT Fair, Christina Ray, Chicago, IL
2009: X: The Multiples Exhibition, Glowlab, New York, NY
Threads, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.
\’Flo\: Art, Text, New Media, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Catalog
Glowlounge: New Works, Artist Talks, and Late Nights, Glowlab, New York, NY
2008: Thirty Grand Inaugural Exhibition, Glowlab, New York, NY
These Are the People in Your Neighborhood, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
2007: Between To and From, New Jersey Visual Art Center, Summit, NJ. Catalog
Fountain New York, Glowlab, New York, NY
2006: Drawing Inside/Out, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2005: Temporary Dividers, Ars Ipsa / CSC, Austin, TX
Stitch in Time, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX
22 to Watch: New Art in Austin, Austin Museum of Art, Galveston Art Center & Dallas Contemporary.
Somewhere Outside It, Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn, NY
Small Works, Paul Sunderholm Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004: Connect-the-Dots, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Closer In, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA. Catalog
Draw_Drawing, Gallery 32, London, England. Presented as part of London Biennale 2004.
Workshop_A102004, Area 10, London, England
Score: Action Drawing, White Columns, New York, NY
2003: Response, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC. CD-rom catalog.
Crossing Bridges, The Contemporary Jewish Museum at CBS MarketWatch, San Francisco
Mark: Contemporary Drawings, Gallery 16, San Francisco
Accumulated Actions, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA
2002: Cozy, Spanganga, San Francisco
Delicate Surprise, Room Space, Gentilly, France
Same/Difference, SF Camerawork at Hotel Triton, San Francisco
2001: Residual Images, Studio Z, San Francisco
Never Underestimate the Power of a Drawing, Refusalon, San Francisco
Trace, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco
2000: Young Portfolios 1999, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Yamanashi, Japan. Catalog
1999: Tender, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

curated exhibitions/projects

2013-present: In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful, an ongoing project in locations around the U.S (2013), Mexico (2014) and throughout Central and South America (2015). Initially presented as part of the BoxoHOUSE 2013 Artist Residency Program, Joshua Tree, CA.
Love Letter: an Exchange of Pleasure and Pain, in locations around New York, NY and Paris, FR. Presented in collaboration with Projective City Gallery, Paris.
2008: The Pickup, in locations around New York, NY. Presented as part of Conflux 2008, in collaboration with E. E. Eubanks.
2004, 2005: Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape: in locations around the world.
2000: Interalia, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco
1999: Marked Territories, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco
American American, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco
1998: Inside the Visible, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco

selected press/bibliography

2015: Byers, Allison. “Visual Artist Heather L. Johnson: In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful”, California College of the Arts News, April 27
Peischel, Will. "In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful? Find it at the University Art Gallery", Mustang News, Nov 12
Pena, Jessica. "Artist and adventurer Heather Johnson shows intricate embroidery at Cal Poly's University Gallery", New Times, Nov 5
Tarrish, Laura. "Hunter/Gatherer: Text as Textile", Design Observer, July 3
2013: Leibov, Bernard. "Long Distance Residency", BoxoBLOG, June 25
"I'll Be Back - Though I Go 10,000 Miles", Sister Space, April 17
Johnson, Kevin. "Cross-Country Triumph Ride for Art", DC, Feb 12
Pyper, John. “Invested Landscape II: Landscapes Through a Diffracting Lens”, Big Red & Shiny, Sept 14
Martinez, Alanna. "The ARTINFO Agenda: 9 Weekly NYC Art Picks", Blouin Artinfo, May 10
Baum, Kelly. “Revolve, Return, Relate, Repeat”: catalog essay for “Suck Squeeze Bang Blow”, Kesting Ray, NY, NY
Latimer, Laura.
“Lark’s Eye View: Heather Johnson, Visual Artist”, On a Lark, May 22
McCambly, Jessica and Lewis, John Oliver. "5 from 1: Heather Johnson", Glasstire, January 18
2011: Pitch Design Union. “Heather L. Johnson.” Pitch Design Union, May 10
“A Stitch in Time: The Exacting Needlepoint of Heather L. Johnson.” Gutfire!, Jan 6
2010: Gladstone, Valerie. “Heather L. Johnson: Erasure.” City Arts, Nov 23
Urban Omnibus.
“Heather L. Johnson: Ever-circulating Fluids and Continuously Moving Parts.” Urban Omnibus, Jun 9
2009: Eby, Travis. “Air and Blood – on view through 11/8.” Urban Omnibus, Oct 27
Sharpe, Katherine.
“Air and Blood: Heather L. Johnson at Glowlab.” Readymade. Oct 13
2008: Pike, Jean. “The New Beauty: 2008 Conflux Festival Challenges Ideas of Public Space.” Artist Organized Art, Sept 29
Cook, Rachel.
“After the ‘Watch,’ What?” Austin Chronicle, Feb 15
Bellantoni, Ralph J. “Are You Experienced?” Home News Tribune, Jan 4
2007: Sherazi, Reza. “Artist Profile: Heather Johnson.” Cantanker Magazine, March
2006: Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “Johnson’s Exhibit is a Stitch.” Austin-American Statesman, Nov 27
Wellen, Michael. “
Studio Visits: Heather Johnson.” …Might be Good, Issue #79, Nov 17
Kutner, Janet. “Austin breezes.” The Dallas Morning News, May 22
Wood, Tria. “Lawndale Arts Center: Drawing Inside/Out.” Arts Houston Magazine, June
Richter, Till. “Fine Arts of Austin.” Austin Monthly, Feb: p. 38
2005: Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “The Saga of the Traveling Ars Ipsa.” Austin-American Statesman, Dec 29
Puleo, Risa.
“Stitch in Time.” ArtLies, Issue 49: winter
Haskell, Caitlin. “’A Stitch in Time’ at Women and Their Work.” …Might Be Good, Dec 16
Brenner, Wayne Allen. “Temporary Dividers.” Austin Chronicle, Dec 15
Cohen, Rebecca S.
“New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch.” ArtLies, Issue 48: fall
Hixson, Kathryn.
“New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch.”, Nov 4
Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire.“22 to Watch: Updates from the Live Art Capital of the World.” Austin-American Statesman, Oct 2
Koper, Rachel.
“22 to Think About,” Austin Chronicle, Aug 26: pp 36, 38
Orendine, Simone. “Hidden Art Found!” WFAE News Extras, WFAE Public Radio, July 28
Orendine, Simone. “Search Begins for Hidden Art,” WFAE News Extras, WFAE Public Radio, July 7
Pepper, Keane. “Keane Pepper’s Summer Art Crawl,” Free Williamsburg, July 4
Jama, Artan. Interview on Cracks in the Pavement. Alchemy. SBS Radio, Melbourne, Australia. June 29
Faires, Robert. “Good Art Hunting.” Austin Chronicle, June 27
Cousins, Charlotte. “Cracks in the Pavement.” … Might Be Good, June 24
Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “Fresh Air Art.” Austin-American Statesman, June 23
Blackmur, Amy. Interview on Cracks in the Pavement. Weekend Lunch. Triple J Radio, Melbourne, Australia. June 12
Young, Allison. “Bright Sun Partial Shade,” The Front Row, KUHT Public Radio, June 6
2004: Brand, Heather. “Sublime Stitching: Fabric Fine Art,” Tribeza September: no. 38: 46-47
“Cracks in the Pavement Unites Austin and London,” Art Papers July/Aug: 9: Headlines section
Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “Treasure hunt gives viewers a part in the show.” Austin-American Statesman, June 24: 24
Faires, Robert. “Searching for the Wild Art.” Austin Chronicle, June 17: 38, 40
Moody, Julie. “Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape.” Morning Edition. KUT Public Radio, June 16
2003: Berry, Colin. “’Accumulated Actions’ at the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art.” Artweek, June: Vol 34 Issue 5: 15
Bing, Alison. “In the Details: 5 Artists with a Singular Sense of Purpose.” Kitchen Sink Magazine Spr: Vol 1 Issue 3: 78-83
Bing, Alison. “Mark: Contemporary Drawings: Drawing Attention.” SF, May 1
2002: Olson, Marisa. “Same/Difference: Offsite at the Hotel Triton.” Camerawork, Fall/Winter: Vol 29 Issue 2: 39
Bing, Alison. “Off Site: ’Same/Difference’ at the Hotel Triton.” Artweek, Oct 22: Vol 33 Issue 8: 28
Bing, Alison. “Same/Difference: Room Serviced.” SF, Aug 14
Crump, Ann. “Art Speak: The Road Less Traveled.” San Francisco Examiner Apr 18: C2
Westbrook, Lindsey. “Critic’s Choice: ‘Telling Time by Remote Control’ & ‘Daily Docudrama’.” SF Bay Guardian, Mar 20: 78


2014: Lecture and workshop, Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, CA. Nov 6 - 10
2013: Rudy S. and Rose Ackerman Visiting Artist, "In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful: 10,000 Miles and 22 Gifts Across the USA", Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Artist talk, Love Letter: An Exchange of Pleasure and Pain, Conflux 2011, Brooklyn, NY
2009: Artist talk, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Aug 12
2008: Artist talk, Conflux 2008, New York, NY. Sept 14
2005-2006: Panel member, Art in Public Places, Austin, TX
2006: Artist talk, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX. Nov 18
Guest speaker, “Creating the Perfect Submission Package,” Art in Public Places workshop, Austin, TX. Aug 26
Panelist, “Below the Radar,” Leadership Austin, Austin, TX. Apr 19
2006: Artists’ Advisory Committee, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX. Mar 24
2005: Lecture, Art and Culture Series, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. Oct 4
Artist talk, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX. Sept 8
2003: Lecture, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Oct 6
Lecture and workshop, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA. Apr 12
2002: Lecture, A Sense of Place, SPE Western Regional Conference, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA. Nov 17


2016: Artist in Residence, Cherryhurst House, Houston, TX (Feb-Dec)
Artist in Residence, BoxoHOUSE, Joshua Tree, CA
ArtPace 2007 International Residency Program shortlist
“Austin Critic’s Table Award,” Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape
2003: Artist in Residence, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
Artist in Residence, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC


2015: Cherryhurst House, Houston, TX
2010: Masthead logo, Wired UK print edition, October
2009: Embroidered announcement commission, Scope Basel
1999: Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Yamanashi, Japan
Various private collections

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