Zenith Long Distance Radio   |  Acrylic on canvas  |  Size: 48" x 60"  | Price on request

Fine Art

Artist Statement

My work is an extension of the road I have travelled, exploring landscapes both rural and urban. Communities where I have worked and lived, from the south and Midwest earlier in my career, to California and Montana currently, have all influenced my work and vision. Each unique community provides opportunities to explore and to grow as an artist. It is the recurring themes of familiarity, cultural and historical context, and iconic representations of contemporary rural and urban landscape, that I find most fascinating and inspiring. Through my work I hope to encapsulate the place I am depicting, not merely visually, but emotionally, with the integration of text and diverse media.

About

Dennis Johnson has an MFA degree in printmaking from the University of South Florida, Tampa Florida. He is a board member of the Artists Council at Palm Springs Art Museum, member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, and Printmakers Network at the Riverside Art Museum. Dennis has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards in juried exhibitions. His work is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Louis Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin. Dennis is an instructor at California State University of San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, and College of the Desert in Palm Desert.

Lectures, Workshops, Presentations: 2017 – 2011

2017

Magical Montana Monotypes, monotype workshop at Stumptown Art Studio, Whitefish, MT

2016

Traditional Printmaking Processes—Contemporary Interpretation, Lecture and presentation to Docent Council, Palm Springs Art Museum

2016 – 2011

Donated art work and volunteered at fundraising events to benefit the educational programs at Palm Springs Art Museum

2015

Conducted multi-day printmaking workshop at Stumptown Art Studio, Whitefish, MT

2014

Artist in Action, Printmaking demonstration at the Palm Springs Art Museum

2011

Solar printmaking demonstration at Riverside Art Museum. Volunteer at museum encouraging visitors to create “Valentine” monoprints

Earth Matters: Palm Springs Public Library, Presentation: Palm Springs, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2017 – 2011

2017

Desert Series—Homesteads, California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, Palm Desert CA

2016

American Iconic, Catalyst Gallery, Missoula, MT

Enduring Landscapes, Summer 2016, Stumptown Art Studio, Whitefish, MT

2015

Forgotten Junctures, Take 3 Contemporary Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2013

Works on Paper, Exhibition at California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, Palm Desert CA

2012

DesertScapes—A Sense of Place, Prints, photo etchings, and digital photo collages, Marks Center for the Arts, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA

ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2012: Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum, a juried exhibition: Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Los Angeles Printmaking Society, 22nd National Exhibition: Culture: Man, Machine, and Nature, Juried group show, Sisson Gallery, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

Selected Group Exhibitions: 2017 – 2011

2017

ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2017, juried exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Artists Council Exhibit: Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley, University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert, CA

2016

ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2016, juried exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Artists Council Exhibit: Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley, University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert, CA

Inspired by Our New Monuments—An Artful Response, invitational exhibition at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA, June 2016. Awarded First Place

2016 Holiday Show, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT

The Changing Moment, 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhbition, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT. Awarded Juror's Cash Award

31th Annual Made in California—juried exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2015

2015 Holiday Show, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT

P. S., there’s More to Palm Springs, Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2015, juried exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2015 Palm Springs Open, juried exhibition, Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Then and Now, exhibition of College of the Desert faculty, Venus Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

Oasis—An Exhibition of Palm Desert Artists, juried exhibition, the Studio Door, San Diego, CA

Collection of works on display at California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, Palm Desert, CA

30th Annual Made in California, juried exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

Earth Matters, Palm Springs Public Library, Palm Springs, CA

2014

Transferring Ink 3, juried exhibition, Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook, CA

2013

ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2013, juried exhibition, Michele Jaminson Award in Printmaking, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

15th Annual Palm Springs Annual Juried Art Show, Commission’s Award. Palm Springs, CA

Right Under Your Nose, University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Campus, a juried exhibition. Palm Desert, CA

2012

ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2012, juried exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Los Angeles Printmaking Society, 22nd National Exhibition, Culture: Man, Machine, and Nature, juried group show, Sisson Gallery, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

2011

Awarded first place prize, ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2011, juried exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Los Angeles Printmaking Society, 21st National Exhibition, juried group show, at the City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

ACE: Artist’s Council Exhibition 2011, juried exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

A Touch of Color, A Printmakers Network@RAM Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

Awarded first place prize, Going Solar, St. Louis Artists’ Guild in conjunction with the Southern Graphics International Conference, a juried exhibition sponsored by Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Fresh Work: Kala Artists Annual Exhibition, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

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