Jim Johnson, Professor Emeritus, taught Painting and Drawing in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1970-2005. He developed the department's Integrated Media and Computer Imaging programs and taught Principles of Color as well as seminars in contemporary art. He produced over 60 videotaped interviews with participants in the department's Visiting Artist Program and interviewed many of them personally for the WHAT FOLLOWS...video series. He was instrumental in developing the Center for Arts, Media and Performance for the ATLAS Institute and served as it's first Director.

A graphic artist in the broadest sense of the word, Johnson makes paintings, drawings, constructions and prints, as well as artist's books, typefaces, bumper stickers and T-shirts. Working in digital media, he has produced numerous animations, installations and interactive programs. He has a long-held interest in the relationship of words and images. His book/installation, "A Thousand Words" is in the Denver Art Museum's Permanent Collection. Other books are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Library and Archive, London, the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles and the archives of the Chicago, San Francisco and Otis Art Institutes.



EDUCATION

1970 MFA, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
1967 BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

ONE-ARTIST EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2012
Jim Johnson Folios & Other Open Books, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
Jim Johnson WORD WORKS, O'Sullivan Art Gallery, Regis University, Denver, CO
2009
MAGIC SQUARES, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
2006
"Three Drawn Conclusions & Other Literalisms with The Itinerants", Studio 258, Denver, CO
2005
"Magic Squares", Studio 258, Denver, CO
2004
"A Thousand Words and Other Pictures", Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY
2001
"Open Workyards", Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
"Virtual Workyards", Alt-X Network
1994
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1993
Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
1991
C.A.G.E. Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1990
Artist's Book Works, Chicago, IL
1986
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada, CO

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2016
"Form & Void", RULE Gallery, Denver, CO
HOVAB, The Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO
Contemporary Book Arts: 100+, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, N.H.
2015
"Required Reading", RULE Gallery, Denver, CO
2014
Gallery Director Invitational, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
Icebreaker 5, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO
2013
Pattern Shop Studio, Denver, CO
2011
FILE - Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
"Frame of Mind", Denver Theater District, Denver, CO
2010
"Creative Capitol", Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
2007
"TOAST", Department of Art & Art History, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
2006
"Neo Dolce", High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles, CA
"Decades of Influence: Colorado 1985-Present", Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Denver, CO
The Experimenter & the Art of Perception, Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, Hungary
2004
"Visions del Norte", Academia de San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico
sceneCOLORADO sinCOLORADO, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Winter Group Show, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY
2003
"Ser y No Ser/To Be and Not To Be", Casa Borda, National School of Fine Arts, Taxco, Mexico
"Context: Art & Words", The Art Center, Grand Junction, CO
"Arte e Ecologia", Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
2002
"Solace", Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
"New York-DC", Gallery 10 Ltd., Washington, D.C.
2001
"New York, New York", ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Slugs and Dingbats: A Double-Take on Type", Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
"Organic Geometries", Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO
2000
Winter Group Show, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY
1999
Member's Invitational, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO
"Black & White: Perspectives in Contrast", Republic Plaza, Denver, CO
1998
"The Box Show", Ron Judish Fine Arts, Denver, CO
"Strong Words: Art, Text and Language", The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
1997
"The View from Denver", Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
"Boite-Box", Artpool Foundation & Art Research Center, Budapest,Hungary
1996
CONTIGUITE, Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
"Digital Images", Regis University, Denver, CO
1995
Third Annual New York Digital Salon, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
"The Hands Project", Le Lieu, Centre en Art Actuel, Quebec, Canada
"Options: 1 Selections from the Modern and Contemporary Permanent Collection", Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
"reReading", Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan, Canada
1994
V-TOPIA, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
"WORD", Boulder Art Center, Boulder, CO
1993
"First Sightings, Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions", Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
"100th Anniversary Exhibition", Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1992
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1991
International Exhibition of Visual Poetics, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1990
"Multiples", Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
COLLECTIONS (selected)
Museum of Modern Art , New York, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Tate Library and Archive, London, UK
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India
Otis Art Institute Archives, Los Angeles, CA
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
University of Denver Penrose Library, Special Collections, Denver, CO
Other Books and So Archive, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Archive Small Press Communication, Antwerp, Belgium
Artpool Foundation & Art Research Center, Budapest,Hungary
Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive, Miami, FL
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Indiana University, Fine Arts Library, Bloomington, IN
University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Santa Barbara, CA
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Denver, CO
PUBLICATIONS (selected)
2017
LE SCAT NOIR #224 & #223, Black Scat Books, May & June 2017, San Francisco, CA
MANTISSA, "Melloon", with Steve Katz, Spring 2017, p. 48, Orange, CA
2016
"Words and Wire", WESTWORD, Michael Paglia, Dec. 22-28, 2016, p.24, Denver, CO
2007
Decades of Influence-Extended Remix, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Denver, CO
2006
Umbrella, "Aurora A-Z", Judith Hoffberg, September 2006, www.umbrellaeditions.com, Santa Monica, CA
2005
Images & Imagery, "Web Installation Art, Interactivity and User Connectivity", Elizabeth Menon, 2005, pp. 31-32, Peter Lang, NY.
2002
Artforms, Preble, Preble and Frank, p. 181, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
2001
"Jim Johnson's Iconophoria", Peter Frank, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
2000
AFCA News, "Favorite Piece...", Alice Abrams, Vol. 20, No. 1, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1998
Loose Watch, Invisible Books, p. 187, London, England
1997
"The View from Denver", Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung pp. 268-269, Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
1995
Leonardo, "Third Annual New York Digital Salon", Vol. 28, No. 5, 1995, p. 458, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA
1994
Westword, "Wasted Words", Hart Hill, August 17-23, p. 65
Taproot Reviews, Issue #4, Spring, Burning Press, Cleveland, OH
Networker Post, Museum of Artpool, p. 33, Budapest, Hungary
1993
Umbrella, Vol. 16, #2 & 3, pp. 51-52, Glendale, CA
Microtimes, "Art Online", March 8, 1993, pp. 298-300
1992
IDEA, International Directory of Electronic Arts, Chaos Editions, Paris, France, p. 276
Umbrella, Vol. 14, # 2, p. 55, Glendale, CA
Leonardo, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 93-94, San Francisco, CA

GALLERY & DISTRIBUTION AFFILIATIONS
Abecedarian Artists Books, 910 Santa Fe Drive, #15, Denver, CO 80204, 720.282.4052
Printed Matter Inc., 231 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10001, 212-925-0325
Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO, 303-800-6776

2017 Curriculum Vitae