William E. Johnson
Born in Charlottesville, VA
Lives in Midlothian, VA
My work reflects the experiences of African –Americans. As an artist, I am driven by needs that are both aesthetic and social.
I am in search of cultural identity, self-discovery and understanding. It is very important that my work becomes a vital community resource. I want to establish a direct relationship with people of all socioeconomic and educational levels. I want my work to reflect a continuum of aesthetic principles derived from Africa and America.
My challenge, as an artist is to find ways to use both the spiritual and materials powers of art is such a way that my expressions become a vehicle for the understanding of people.
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982
Graduate studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000 – 2005
Partner in the Arts, University of Richmond, 2009-2012
BAAAR, MCV-VCU Medical Center, 2017
Art Educator, MCV-VCU Medical Center, 2017
Diversity, SunTrust Bank, Richmond, VA, 2016
National Arts Exhibit, MCV, VCU Medical Center, 2016
Then and Now, Browne Studio Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2016
VSU Faculty Exhibition, Virginia State University, 2016
The Men Have Spoken, Walton Gallery Inc., Petersburg, VA, 2015
BAAAR, MCV-VCU Medical Center, 2014 – 2015
Congruent Images, Elegba Folklore Society, Richmond, VA, 2015
African-American Art: Inspirations from Past, Present & Future, Capital One, West Creek campus, 2014