mariah anne johnson


born: Little Rock, Arkansas; lives and works: Washington, DC


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Master of Fine Arts in Painting; 2006
  • Rice University; Houston, Texas; Bachelor of Arts in English and Art; 2001

Solo ExhibitionsMariah Anne Johnson

  • Keep Everything; BlackRock Center for the Arts; Germantown, MD; 2016
  • In the Pines; Flashpoint Gallery; Washington, DC; 2012
  • Studio; Harmon Art Lab Project Room; Washington, DC; 2011
  • 2011 Solos; Arlington Art Center; Arlington, VA; 2011
  • Fort Distraction; Washington Project for the Arts Coup d’Espace; Washington, DC; 2011
  • Fruited Plain; Phantom Galleries LA; Long Beach, CA; 2009
  • We Are All Well and Fine; LittleBird Gallery; Los Ageles, CA; 2008
  • How Lovely on the Mountain; The LAB; San Francisco, CA; 2008
  • How to Fold a Fitted Sheet; Lawndale Art Center; Houston, TX; 2006
  • Memory Quilts; Arts Center of the Ozarks; Springdale, AR; 2002

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Homeward(BOUND), part of Instigate. Activate.; Arlington Arts Center; Arlington, VA; curator: Megan Rook-Koepsel
  • Mariah Anne Johnson & Mei Mei Chang; King Street Gallery, Montgomery College; Silver Spring, MD
  • Uncensored DC; Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library; Washington, DC; curator: Matthew Mann
  • Sculpted: Histories Revealed; 2014 Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial Exhibition; Washington, DC; curator: Deirdre Ehlen McWilliams
  • The Last Brucennial; Vito Schnabel and the Bruce High Quality Foundation; New York, NY
  • Wet Dreams; Catalyst Projects; Washington, DC
  • 2013 Trawick Prize Finalist Exhibition; Gallery B; Bethesda, MD; jurors: Cynthia Connolly, Alexander Heilner, Vesela Sretenovic
  • Sublime/Subliminal; Alley Cat Studio; Washington, DC; curator: Kathryn McDonnell
  • Unfettered; Delicious Spectacle; Washington, DC; curator: Samuel Scharf
  • Low Moments; Pleasant Plains Workshop; Washington, DC
  • Transformer Gallery; (e)merge Art Fair; Washington, DC
  • Arranging Lines, Placing Shapes; Jane Haslem Gallery; organized by Amanda Lineweber; DC
  • Space is the Place; Carroll Square Gallery; organized by Shira Kraft & Hemphill Fine Art; DC
  • Site Aperture; Flashpoint Gallery; Washington, DC; curator: Danielle O’Steen
  • Hope Chest; Greenhouse 11; Washington, DC; curator: Becca Kallem
  • DC Emerging; VisArts; Rockville, MD; curator: Brett Johnson
  • Contain, Maintain, Sustain; Artisphere; Arlington, VA; curators: Welmoed Laanstra, Sara Reisman, & Ernesto Santalla
  • DC Women Artists Now; Gallaudet University; Washington, DC; curator: Michelle McAuliffe
  • Place & Sensibility; VisArts; Rockville, MD; curator: Brett Johnson
  • This…is Your…This…is My…; Satellite Space Gallery; Univ. of Texas at San Antonio; curator: Jaime Salvador Castillo
  • Kimono My House; Artist Curated Projects; Los Angeles, CA; curator: Anna Sew Hoy
  • Here & Now; Transformer Gallery; Washington, DC
  • Stratification; Brand Library Art Galleries; Glendale, CA
  • Migration Study; Phantom Galleries LA; Los Angeles, CA; curators: Gita Meh, Shadi Harouni
  • Monster; iSpace Gallery; Chicago, IL; curator: Luke Batten
  • Closeknit: History, Textile, and Place; Coral Street Arts House; Philadelphia, PA; curators: J. Meredith Warner, Carrie Cook
  • MFA Exhibition; Krannert Art Museum; Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Good Housekeeping; Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center; Nashville, TN
  • Imaginary Friends; Link Gallery; Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 48th Annual Delta Exhibition; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Juror: Roger Shimomura
  • Softer Side; Downtown Urbana, IL; curator: Daniel Ma
  • 47th Annual Delta Exhibition; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; juror: Katherine Degn
  • Mariah Johnson and Terry Bean; Historic Arkansas Museum; Little Rock, AR
  • Small Works on Paper; sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council; juror: Ralph Slatton
  • Small Works on Paper; sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council; juror: Tony Hepburn
  • On the Verge; senior exhibition; Rice University Art Gallery; Houston, TX
  • Angles and Attitudes: An Exploration of Women in Art; Rice Memorial Center; Houston, TX                      


  • Artist Residency; Hafnarborg Center of Culture and Fine Art; Hafnarfjörđur, Iceland; 2017 (forthcoming)
  • Artist Residency; Institute für Alles Mögliche; Berlin, Germany; 2016 (forthcoming)
  • Riddergade Artist in Residence; Viborg Kunsthal; Viborg, Denmark; 2016
  • Artist-in-Residence; Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College; Silver Spring, Maryland; 2012
  • Artist Residency; CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency; 2009

Selected Honors

  • 3rd Place, Trawick Prize; Bethesda, MD
  • Draw & Discover Guest Artist; Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum; DC
  • Artists Council Member, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Artist Talk; Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Washington, DC
  • Panelist; DC Faces; Emerging Arts Leaders of DC & Corcoran Gallery of Art; Washington, DC
  • Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant; Durfee Foundation; Santa Monica, CA
  • Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant; Durfee Foundation; Santa Monica, CA
  • Featured Artist, For Families Program; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Teaching Assistantship; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Brodie Materials Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Brodie Fellowship; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 13th Annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium; paper given: “The Virtuous Woman as Depicted in The Hours of Catherine of Cleves”; Hendrix College, Conway
  • Christine Croneis Sayres Memorial Award for Studio Art; Rice University; Houston, TX

Selected Bibliography

  • Baker, Kenneth. “Galleries: Heeks changes technique to keep work alive.” San Francisco Chronicle. 2 August, 2008.
  • Gopnik, Blake. “Color and Meaning Knit Together in an Abstract Yarn.” Washington Post. 7 June, 2008.
  • Hamilton, Jeanne. “Good Housekeeping.” Number: An Independent Arts Journal. Spring/summer 2006.
  • Klaasmeyer, Kelley. “Capsule Reviews: Mariah Anne Johnson, How to Fold a Fitted Sheet.” Houston Press. 13 April, 2006.
  • Maddox, David. “Comforts of Home.” Nashville Scene. 23 February, 2006.
  • Marech, Rona. “Empty medicine chest? Start your own art gallery.” Washington Post. 17 September, 2011.
  • Michael, Holly. “Family Collage.” Northwest Arkansas Times. 25 October, 2002.
  • O’Sullivan, Michael. “On Exhibit: Artists want you to look up, or down.” Washington Post. 14 October, 2011
  • O’Sullivan, Michael. “Mariah Anne Johnson: In the Pines.” Washington Post. 19 October, 2012.
  • Peacock, Leslie Newell. “The Delta Reconsidered.” Arkansas Times. 10 June, 2004.


  • Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock
  • Clinton Foundation, Little Rock