Heather L Johnson
In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful


curriculum vitae


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



Hall of Roses Mural Unveiling and Art Show, Foundation Room at House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX

Refusing Providence, Flatland Gallery, Houston, TX (2 person show with David Janesko)
Full Circle, BoxoHOUSE, Joshua Tree, CA

In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful, Cherryhurst House, Houston, TX

In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful, University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful, Yam Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Suck Squeeze Bang Blow, Kesting/Ray Gallery, New York, NY. Catalog with essay by Kelly Baum (Curator of Postwar and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY)

Erasure, Christina Ray, New York, NY. Catalog with essay by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado (Associate Curator, Museo del Barrio, New York, NY)

Air and Blood, Glowlab, New York, NY
No Distractions, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

Hard/Soft, Conflux 2007, Brooklyn, NY

Degrees of Separation, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX. Brochure with essay by Regine Basha (Curator, Basha Projects)
Plumb, The Donkey Show at Motel 3, Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio, TX

Your Space, Patrick Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

Telling Time by Remote Control, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA

selected group

The Magnificent Seven, 14 Pews Contemporary Art Gallery at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX

Guest Star, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

Drive, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

Mapping the Unfamiliar, BoxoPROJECTS, New York, NY
Object! Object!, Good Good Things, San Diego, CA

Invested Landscape, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

Révision Périphérique, Projective City, Paris, France
Pulse LA, Christina Ray, Los Angeles, CA

NEXT Fair, Christina Ray, Chicago, IL

Threads, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.
\’Flo\: Art, Text, New Media, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Catalog

Thirty Grand Inaugural Exhibition, Glowlab, New York, NY
15th Anniversary Group Show, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Between To and From, New Jersey Visual Art Center, Summit, NJ. Catalog
Fountain New York, Glowlab, New York, NY

Drawing Inside/Out, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

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

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.
Score: Action Drawing, White Columns, New York, NY

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

Cozy, Spanganga, San Francisco
Delicate Surprise, Room Space, Gentilly, France
Same/Difference, SF Camerawork at Hotel Triton, San Francisco

Never Underestimate the Power of a Drawing, Refusalon, San Francisco
Trace, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco

Young Portfolios 1999, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Yamanashi, Japan. Catalog

curated exhibitions & projects

In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful, oral history and landscape intervention project at sites around the U.S., Mexico, Central and South America.

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.

The Pickup, in locations around New York, NY.  Presented as part of Conflux 2008, in collaboration with E. E. Eubanks

Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape, in locations around the world

Inside the Visible, American American, Marked Territories, and Interalia: 4 exhibitions curated and produced at Crucible Steel Gallery/Cellspace, San Francisco

Perry, Tere. “Where to Take the Best Selfies in Houston”, Hilton Suggests Travel Blog, June 21
Rubottom, Cicely. “This Brand New Art Mural in the Heart of Houston is the Perfect Picture Spot”, Narcity, June 17
VoyageHouston/Johnson, Heather L. “Meet Heather L. Johnson”, VoyageHouston, June 5

Close, Cynthia. “10 Fleeting Art Experiences”, Art & Object, November 1

Gerulaitytle, Egle. “The Frightening and the Beautiful”, Women ADV Riders, February 3
Weatherspoon, Tomeka. “In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful: Inside the journey of a devoted traveler”, Arts Insight, Houston Public Media, KUHT TV 8, aired January 2

Michno, Christopher. “Motorcycle World Traveler Leaves Art Along the Way”, Artbound, KCET.org, August 3

Byers, Allison. “Visual Artist Heather Johnson: In Search of the Frightening & Beautiful”, CCA.edu, April 27

Tarrish, Laura. “Hunter/Gatherer: Text as Textile”, Design Observer, July 3

Pyper, John. “Invested Landscape II: Landscapes Through a Diffracting Lens”, Big Red & Shiny, Sept 14
Baum, Kelly.  “Revolve, Return, Relate, Repeat”: catalog essay for “Suck Squeeze Bang Blow”, Kesting Ray, NY, NY
McCambly, Jessica and Lewis, John Oliver.  “5 from 1: Heather Johnson”, Glasstire, January 18

Pitch Design Union.  “Heather L. Johnson.” Pitch Design Union, May 10
Gutfire! “A Stitch in Time: The Exacting Needlepoint of Heather L. Johnson.” Gutfire!, Jan 6

Gladstone, Valerie.  “Heather L. Johnson: Erasure.” City Arts, Nov 23
Simons, Llana, PhD. "You Cannot Escape Limitations in Talent." Psychology Today, Nov 12
Urban Omnibus. “Heather L. Johnson: Ever-circulating Fluids and Continuously Moving Parts.” Urban Omnibus, Jun 9

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

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

Sherazi, Reza. “Artist Profile: Heather Johnson.” Cantanker Magazine, March

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
Wood, Tria.  “Lawndale Arts Center: Drawing Inside/Out.” Arts Houston Magazine, June
Richter, Till. “Fine Arts of Austin.” Austin Monthly, Feb: p. 38

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.” Glasstire, Nov 4
Koper, Rachel. “22 to Think About,” Austin Chronicle, Aug 26: pp 36, 38
Orendine, Simone.  “Search Begins for Hidden Art,” WFAE News Extras, WFAE Public Radio, July 7 
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

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. "In Search of 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

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 Gate.com, May 1

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
Crump, Ann. “Art Speak: The Road Less Traveled.”  San Francisco Examiner Apr 18: C2
Westbrook, Lindsey. “Critic’s Choice, SF Bay Guardian, Mar 20: 78

selected press & bibliography

Artist—in-Residence artist talk, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX. Dec 15
Reading and community discussion, Refusing Providence, Flatland Gallery, Houston, TX. Jan 26

Artist talk and blog reading, Cherryhurst House, Houston, TX. Oct 19

Artist talk, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA. Nov 6

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

Artist talk, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.  Aug 12

Artist talk, Conflux 2008, New York, NY.  Sept 14

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
Artists’ Advisory Committee, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX.  Mar 24

Panel member, Art in Public Places, Austin, TX

Lecture, Art and Culture Series, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. Oct 4
Artist talk, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX.  Sept 8

Lecture, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.  Oct 6
Lecture and workshop, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA.  Apr 12

Lecture, A Sense of Place, SPE Western Regional Conference, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA.  Nov 17

presentations / panels

Artist in Residence, Villa Bergerie, Laguarres, Spain (Sept-Oct 2019)

Artist in Residence, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (Sept 2018 - Feb 2019)

Artist in Residence, Cherryhurst House, Houston, TX

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

Artist in Residence, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
Artist in Residence, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

awards / residencies

FolkHeART mural, GreenStreet walkway, Houston, TX
Greenroom murals, LiveNation/House of Blues Houston

Hall of Roses, a mural created for LiveNation/House of Blues Houston
Greystone Hospital Incinerator Stack embroidery commission, Jansons Associates, New York, NY

2015, 2017
Cherryhurst House, Houston, TX

Masthead logo, Wired UK, October

Embroidered announcement commission, Scope Basel

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Yamanashi, Japan

Various private commissions and collections

Commissions / collections