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Leslie Johnson


The Crafts and Fine Art
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Leslie Johnson

LESLIE JOHNSON (b. 1955, Illinois) lives and works in Bärfendal, Sweden. Johnson received her BA from Connecticut College in 1978, and continued studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the New School for Social Research, New York.

Her work has been exhibited in Moscow, New York, and widely in Scandinavia, where she has worked at the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden as an educator, researcher, and Director (2003-11). Johnson has had solo exhibitions at Forever & Today, New York City (2012), 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, India (2012); Galleri 54, Gothenburg, Sweden (2005); Borås Konstmuseum, Sweden (2004); and Galleri Paletten, Gothenburg, Sweden (2001). She has exhibited work in public places throughout Sweden such as Gothenburg Azalea Park (2011), medical centers in Hunnebostrand (2011) and Strömstad (2012), the library in Kungshamn (2000) and the Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, among others.

Johnson has produced self-published artist books and publications since 1984, and has been published in Swedish art journals Ord & Bild, Paletten, and Art Monitor, among others. She received awards from the Swedish State Arts Council, Society Gnistan, and Residencia Internacional de Artistas en Argentina in Buenos Aires (RIAA) in 2010, and her work is represented in private and public collections, including the Swedish State Collection, West Sweden Region, Borås, Västerås, and Gothenburg Art museums.

Her interest for teaching began with techniques such as printmaking but developed to creating projects where students can respond to the site with diverse media and solutions—such as the upcoming course ”office Art” taught spring 2013. As Director of Valand she worked with curriculum development including the Valand summer program and a post-grad Independent Study/teaching Assistant program as well as International exchange projects with CCA (San Francisco), Concordia University (Montreal) and Institute for Problems in Contemporary Art (Moscow) as well as a research project ”Education Annex” about site-specific education.