b. St Louis, Missouri
Lives and works in Chapel Hill, NC


1998-2001 ITP, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (MPS)
1988-1990 Visiting Student, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1975 California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA (BFA)

Selected exhibitions

Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Mar 7 - Jun 21, 2020 (upcoming)
Curated by Ashlynn Browning
North Carolina Women Abstract Artists
GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC
Feb 7 - Apr 11, 2020 (upcoming)
Curated by Edie Carpenter

A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction
Sandy Bennett Art Gallery, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
Curated by James Austin Murray
Artist - Collector, A Contemporary Print Exhibition
Rewaq Gallery, College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Curated by Brian Gonzales

Winter Show, GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC 
Curated by Edie Carpenter
OnEdge, The Painting Center, New York, NY. Curated by Susan Post
The Idiosyncratic Pencil, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC  Curated by Ann Stoddard 

STATE OF THE ART/ART OF THE STATE, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Curated by: Elaine D. Gustafson, Weatherspoon Art Museum; Peter Nisbet, Ackland Art Museum; Roger Manley, Gregg Museum of Art and Design; Marshall N. Price, Nasher Museum of Art; Jonathan Stuhlman, Mint Museum.
JUXTAPOSITION, Gallery IIArtSpace, Raleigh, NC
Monster Drawing Rally 2017, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
DIALECTICAL PRAXIS | Celia Johnson & Donald Martiny,
Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT 
Made In Paint, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, The SAGG, New Berlin, NY
FICTION (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI; Raygun Projects,Toowoomba, AustraliaUniversity of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; Class Room, Coventry, England
Nasty Women Exhibition: Durham, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

Celebrate DiversityGiampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Monster Drawing Rally 2016, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
FICTION (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2Corridor Projects, Dayton, OH
Also traveling to Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany 
Curated by Jeffrey Courtland Jones
New Geometry, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Art in America On Tour, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC. Curated by Julie Torres and Ann Stoddard

Holiday Exhibition, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
WONDERMENT, Hunt Hill Farm - Silo Gallery, Njew Milford, CT
Curated by Jessica Jane Russell
Clint Jukkala & John Newman with works by Celia Johnson, 
Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
InFocus Gallery | Works on Paper, GreenHill Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Some Assembly Required, The Curator Gallery, New York, NY
Curated by Mark Wethli

21 and Counting, The Painting Center, New York, NY
COLOR | FORM, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC (solo)
Patterson | Suggs | Johnson, LIGHT Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC 

Little Somethings, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France
Winter Show, GreenHill Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Form Gesture Vision, 311 West Martin Street Gallery, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC (Juror, William Dunlap) 
Open Source, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC - Juried by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
Exchange Gallery, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC 

This & That, Harris Warren Gallery, Wake Forest, NC 

Paintings for Midsummer, HighPoint Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
POST, Herman Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Artist Registries

The Painting Center, Curated Artist Registry

Awards | Grants | Residencies

The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Exploratory Residency Grant,
New Berlin, NY   May-June 2016

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
Artist Resident and Grant Recipient
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Artist Resident and Grant Recipient

Ninth Annual International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA 
Scholarship Tuition Award

Public Artist Talks | Panels

Artists Panel Discussion, The Painting Center, New York, NY
with Sue Post, curator of exhibition "OnEdge".

Artist Talk, ArtSpace NC, Raleigh NC, on occasion of exhibition "Juxtapostion".
Artist Talk, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven CT, on occasion of exhibition "Dialectical Praxis".

Artist Talk, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC, on occasion of exhibition "Color | Form".​

Academic Experience

2003-2005 Adjunct Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1997-1999 Adjunct Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
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