Mary A. Johnson

Curriculum Vitae


2013       Master of Fine Arts, Visual Studies, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
2008      Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (painting concentration) Minor in English Language
               and Literature, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

2007       Gordon in Orvieto; Istituto San Lodovico, Drawing and Sculpture, Orvieto, Italy

Exhibitions (* Indicates solo)

2016 Art Inspires Science: Food; Art & Science Collaborations; New York Hall of Science; New York

2016 S/LASH; Art Nova 100; Agricultural Center, Beijing, China

2016 ICAF Gallery Space, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

2014 Annual Arts Festival Exhibition, Project 308 Gallery, North Tonawanda, NY

2014 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art; Juried by Jerry Saltz, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY

2014 Premier/Screening of Dodge West, Collaborative Video Performance Directed by George Afedzi Hughes, Hallwalls Art Center, Buffalo, NY

>2014 Additional Screening: ColognOFF X; Cologne International Videoart Festival; Cologne, Germany

2013 Faculty/Alumni Recent Work, Barrington Center for the Arts, Wenham, MA

2013 A Midsummer Night’s Drawing Event, Hallwalls Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2013 Generatione Nostra est Scriptor Minas (Our Generation’s Menace), Castellani Museum, Niagara, NY*

2012 Velvet<>Putrescence, Installation/Performance, Silo City, Buffalo, NY*

2012 Catacombia, Collaborative Performance, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada

2011 Parallax, 515 Main(St) Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2011 A Questionable Dinner, Installation/ Performance, Ellicott Island Park, Tonawanda, NY*

2011 SUFD: Futurism or Not, Collaborative Performance, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada

2011 ButterFile, Visual Studies Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2011 ButterFax, University at Buffalo Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2010 Remnants of a Life Undercover, 464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY*

2008 Are We Home Yet? Gordon College, Wenham, MA*

2006 Lynn Community Minority Cultural Center, Lynn, MA


INDA (V11), Manifest’s International Drawing Annual exhibition in print, Cincinnati, Projected publishing date: 2017

“Mary A. Johnson”, Fresh Paint Blog, Fresh Paint Magazine, Philadelphia and London, January 20th, 2016.

Bannon, Anthony, Everything Is at Least a Little Strange (Review), The Chautauquan Daily,  Chautauqua, NY; July 11th, 2014.

“Mary A. Johnson”, 365 Artists/365 Days Project, Wisconsin, May 2014.

INDA (V8), Manifest’s International Drawing Annual exhibition in print, Cincinnati, Spring 2014.

The Seneca Review (V. 43/1), Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, July 2013.

Maier, Angelica, The Viewer Experience, University at Buffalo Department of Visual Studies, Buffalo, New York, June 2013.

The St. Sebastian Review (v3, Issue 1), Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2013.

Beam, Michael, Generatione Nostra est Scriptor Minas (Our Generation’s Menace) Exhibition Catalogue, Niagara University, Niagara, NY, May 2013.

Art Takes Miami, exhibition catalogue, Artists Wanted, Brooklyn, New York, 2011.

Duquette, Laura, “Remnants of a Life Undercover”, Buffalo Rising, July 16, 2010.

Art Voice, Vol. 9 No. 28, exhibition announcement with photograph, Buffalo, New York, July 15th, 2010.

Nomad, Vol. 1, Art and Literary Magazine, Buffalo, New York 2009.

Professional Experience

August 2016- Current: Lecturer: The Central Academy of Fine Arts, International Foundations Course; Beijing, China

August 2015- August 2016: Instructor of Art: The High School Affiliated to Renmin University, Beijing, China

September 2014 – August 2015: Art, Design and Technology Teacher: JinCai International School, Shanghai, China

August 2014: Workshop at the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Niagara, NY

July 2014 : Instructor: Genesee Community College, Arcade, NY

>Summer 2014: 3D Design: Introduces design, materials, and methods of sculpture and the three dimensional form in an artistic and cultural context.

January 2014 – August 2014: Art Teacher: 21st Century Community Learning Center with Child and Adolescent Treatment Services at Buffalo Public Schools 198 and 93, Buffalo, NY

>2011-2013 Instructor: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

  • Instructor of Record for the following courses:

> Spring 2013: Art and Everyday, ART 105 (through Assistantship): Uses the themes of mass production, the mundane and banal to explore two-dimensional design and drawing.

> Fall 2012: Self and Ritual, ART 135 (through Assistantship): Relates concepts and design processes to painting and printmaking, exploring the function of art through personal narratives, issues of identity, and as a vehicle for spiritual/psychological transformations.

> Summer 2012: Drawing Fundamentals, ART 111 (Adjunct Instructor): Introduces both majors and non majors to expressive modes of drawing, covering basic techniques and materials in condensed, high-impact course.

> Spring 2012: Art and Everyday, ART 105 (through Assistantship): see above

> Fall 2011: Drawing Concepts I, ART 205 (through Assistantship): A drawing course for majors introducing drawing as both an expressive means of communication and means of exploring the world, as well as conceptual and collaborative means for producing creative work.

> Summer 2011: Drawing Fundamentals, ART 111 (Adjunct Instructor): see above

2012-2013: Arts Resource Center Graduate Supervisor: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Summer 2012: Visual Studies Department Graduate Student Leader and Panel Speaker at Strategies of Effective Teaching Conference: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

2011-2012: Arts Resource Center Assistant: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

2009-2010: Office Manager for the Functional Family Therapy Program: Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Buffalo, New York

Professional Service

December 2013 – August 2014: Designer and Photographer: Buffalo Religious Arts Center, Buffalo, New York:

  • Edit historical written content and design layout for scholarly catalogue, funded by M&T Bank grant published in 2014. BRAC is a non-religious center dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of immigrants to Buffalo’s “West Side”, located in a preserved site on the National Historic Registrar.

November 2013: Proctor: 6th Annual Patricia Cotsen Arts Abilities Conference, Buffalo, New York

  • Administer evaluations and enable presentations to run on schedule during a Western New York conference dedicated to aligning K-12 arts education with the national and state Common Core.

2012-2013: Visual Studies Department Graduate Student Association Government Senate Representative: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

  • Contributed to University policy and equitable distribution of funding
  • Served on Branding/Graphic Design Committee
  • Served to enable GSA funding of collaborative Visual Studies graduate catalogue; catalogue now stands as annual fixture in department and University.


2012-2013: MFA Third Year Teaching Assistantship, University at Buffalo

2012: Department of Visual Studies Dedalus MFA Fellowship Nominee, University at Buffalo

2011-2012: Teaching Assistantship, University at Buffalo

2011: Finalist in Art Takes Miami Juried Exhibition by Artists Wanted at SCOPE Miami, Florida


Temporary Collection (Since 2011): Satish K. Tripathi’s home residence; President of the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Istituto San Lodovico, Orvieto, Italy

Various personal collections


College Art Association, New York, NY

HandDrawing Collective, Philadelphia, PA