b. St Louis, Missouri

Lives and works in Chapel Hill, NC


2001    MPS   Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) , Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

1990    Visiting Student, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

1975    BFA   California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA 

Selected exhibitions

2020    Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina PaintingNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC  (forthcoming)

            North Carolina Women Abstract Artists, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC  (forthcoming)

2019    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

2018    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 

2017    STATE OF THE ART/ART OF THE STATE, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, 

            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.2, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI; Raygun Projects,Toowoomba, AustraliaClass Room, Coventry, England; Universtiy of California, Berkeley, CA

            Nasty Women Exhibition: Durham, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

2016    Celebrate Diversity, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

             Monster Drawing Rally 2016, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

             FICTION (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2, Corridor 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

2015     Holiday Exhibition, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

             WONDERMENT, Hunt Hill Farm - Silo Gallery, New 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

2014     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 

2013     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 

2012     This & That, Harris Warren Gallery, Wake Forest, NC 

2011     Paintings for Midsummer, HighPoint Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)

             POST:  Philadelphia Open Studios, Herman Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Artist Registries

The Painting Center, New York, NY, Curated Artist Registry

Awards | Grants | Residencies

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

            Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, Artist Resident and Grant Recipient
2015    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Artist Resident and Grant Recipient

            International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA  Scholarship Tuition Award

Public Collections

Credit Suisse Corporate Collection, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Public Artist Talks | Panels

2018    Artists Panel Discussion, The Painting Center, New York, NY with Sue Post, curator - on occasion of On Edge exhibition

2017    Artist Talk, ArtSpace NC, Raleigh NC - on occasion of Juxtapostion exhibition

            Artist Talk, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven CT - on occasion of Dialectical Praxis exhibition 

2014    Artist Talk, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC, - on occasion of Color | Form exhibition

Professional Experience

2003-2005     Adjunct Instructor, Illustration/Design StudioMaryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1997-1999     Adjunct Instructor, Illustration/Design StudioMaryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD