Whitney Johnson lives and works between Chicago and Peoria IL. She is a prospective MFA graduate at Northwestern University (2022). She has exhibited work mostly in central Illinois: Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Champaign, Pekin, and Evanston, IL. Her practice is finding its way.

Northwestern University 2022
Evanston, IL
MFA Art Theory and Practice

Illinois State University 2017
Normal, IL 

BFA Painting 

BS Art Education 

Illinois Central College 2014
East Peoria, IL 

Associates in Art 


Professional Experience

2021-2022 Visiting Artist Coordinator, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2021-2022 Teacher’s Assistant, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2020 Artist in Residence, Prairie Center for the Arts, Peoria, IL
2017-2019 Art Teacher, Lowpoint-Washburn Middle and High School

2011-2018 Community Art Teacher, McLean County Art Center (Bloomington, IL) Egypt Station Galleries and Studios (Manito, IL), Pekin Speakeasy Art Center (Pekin, IL), Wheel Art Pottery Studios (Peoria, IL)

2016-2017 Woodshop Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2016 Teacher’s Assistant, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan.

2015-2016 Art Studio Coordinator, Children’s Discovery Museum, Normal, IL

2015 Research Assistant, Illinois State University Milner Library, Normal, IL

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions 

2022 Open Space Art Gallery & Studios, Ottawa, IL

2019 The Portal, Peoria, IL, Decade’s End 

2017 Heartland Community College, Normal, IL, Sensing Synonyms

2017 Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL, Part and Parcel

2016 209 E Fell Street, Normal, IL, 5th anniversary of the Cometogetherspace 

2015 Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL, Thresholds and Boundaries 


Invitational and Group Exhibitions 

2022 Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL, blossom soup, blossom salad

2019 ICON Gallery, Fairfield, IA, Fairfield Collects

2018 McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL, A Practice in Permanence

2018 Project 1612, Peoria, IL, The Randon and Abby Gettys Collection 

2017 Normal, IL, The Chartreuse Show
2017 Man Cave Gallery, Normal, IL, Try Outs: A One Night Sports Show 

2016 Ear in the Envelope, Peoria, IL, First Friday with Alec DeJesus
2016 Extraordinaryspace, Normal, IL, The First Show
2016 Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL, Force of Nature
2016 Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL, Stack, Pack, Punch
2016 Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL, ABBRVTN
2016 Rachel Cooper Gallery, Normal, IL, Multiplicity 

2015 Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, Works from Around our State
2015 Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL, The Myth of the Individual Genius: BFA Collaboration


Juried Exhibitions 

2017 University Galleries, Normal, IL, Student Annual 2017, Juror: Claire Ashley 

2016 University Galleries, Normal, IL, Student Annual 2016, Juror: Karen Reimer
2016 McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL, 89th Annual Amateur Art Exhibition, Jurors: Dawn Gettler and Joshua Cox, 1st place in Painting (University) 

2015 McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL, 88th Annual Amateur Art Exhibition 


Curation 

2017 Art For Chickens, Towanda, IL 

2016 Dialogues, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

Portfolios 

2016 Quote / Unquote, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Permanent Collections 

2017 University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2016 Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2016 Normal Editions Workshop, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 


Publications 

2022 blossom soup, blossom salad, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2016 “Lori Waxman’s 60 WRD/MIN Art Critic: Whitney Johnson” University Galleries, Normal, IL

Awards and Honors 

2017 Irving S. Tick Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2017 Friends of the Arts Grant Recipient, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2016 Nominee, CTE Student Recognition of Excellence Award, Illinois State University, Normal 

2016 Nominee, Yale-Norfolk Summer Art Program, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2016 Irving S. Tick Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2015 Larry and Patricia (Hunkler) Stagen Endowed Teaching Scholarship, IL State University, Normal, IL 

2015 Irving S. Tick Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2014 Friends of the Arts Grant Recipient, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2014 School of Art Tuition Waiver, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

2013 Honors Program Tuition Waiver, IL Central College, East Peoria, IL 

2012 Honors Program Tuition Waiver, IL Central College, East Peoria, IL