Acquisition by Credit Suisse | June 2019

CYCELS Series  Thirty 10" x 10" panels acquired by the corporate collection
of Credit Suisse, Research Triange Park, NC

Sandy Bennett Art Gallery, Bergen Performing Arts Center | April 2019

A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction
curated by James Austin Murray & presented by Jake Chung

April 1 - April 30, 2019

Reception: Wednesday, April 10 • 6PM-8PM

Above: Trúnll​, 2019, encaustic on birch panel, 24h x 21w inches

Sandy Bennett Art Gallery
Bergen Performing Arts Center,
30 N Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631

Featuring works by:
Tamar Zinn
Don Voisine
Nikki Terry
Jeanne Heifetz
Lorrie Fredette
Celia Johnson
Yoonah Kim
Paul Corio
James Gilbert
Laura Fayer
Suzanne Kammin
Joanne Mattera
Mark Zimmermann
Walter Markham
James Austin Murray

Murray notes in the show’s artist statement that abstraction in art is barely more than one hundred years old.
“That is not a very long time for an idea and visual concept to become part of a new paradigm,” he says. “As it turns out there are many different kinds of abstraction: a number of veins that are running through our current art world.”
While this exhibition is by no means a comprehensive survey, it does touch upon the general state of contemporary abstraction. Each of these artists are worth looking up and finding out more, Austin Murray says.
“What we see affects us deeply. What we see on television, online, in a movie, on the street, or in a gallery. It all affects our perceptions and our emotions: from a car accident to a beautiful sunset to an unforgettable artwork. They leave an indelible mark on our memory,” he said. “Abstraction is not separate from the physical world. It is a dimension of it. It is a form of thought. We see these artworks and thought is conveyed in a code invented by each specific artist.
“As curator of A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction, I invite you to take in the exhibition and to spend a few minutes with a work or two that make you feel something.”

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork support bergenPAC’s nonprofit mission.

Al Rewaq Gallery, University of Sharjah | February 2019

A Contemporary Print Exhibition
Selected works from the collection of  artist / collector Brian Gonzales
I have three screenprints curated into this exhibition.

February 3-17, 2019

Al Rewaq Gallery
College of Fine Arts and Design
University of Sharjah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


GreenHill Winter Show | December 2018 - January 2019

GreenHill Winter Show
Curated by Edie Carpenter

December 2, 2018 - January 18, 2019

Collector's Choice reception December 3, 6 - 10 pm

GreenHill Space for North Carolina Art
200 North Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
336. 333. 7460

The Painting Center | March - April 2018


March 27 - April 21, 2018
Curated by Susan Post

Opening reception: Thursday, March 29, 6-8 PM

The Painting Center presents OnEdge, featuring ten contemporary artists whose abstractions dive head-on into both the literal and the metaphoric subject of the edge.  Selected from among more than seventy artists currently on the Art File, a curated online gallery on The Painting Center’s website, these artists use color and line to evoke and/or confound the simulation of space. Poet Mary Oliver writes, "No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. ... It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. ... Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge." There are many kinds of edges we experience in life: a meniscus contains both liquid and pressure; a horizon both earth and sky; a shadow both substance and light. This mysterious quality, of simultaneously containing both separation and union, might also aptly describe the feeling of being 'on edge' in times like these, fraught as they are with suspicion and distrust. In one way or another, we are all engaged in the quest to, as exhibiting artist Anthony Falcetta has written, "examine the shapes and seams holding [our] surroundings together." Another exhibiting artist, Lori Glavin writes: "With scraps of form and color I build spaces where I re-imagine, reinvent, and repair.
With the work in OnEdge, Patrick Burns, Anthony Falcetta, Astrid Fitzgerald, Lori Glavin, Celia Johnson, Julie Karabenick, Richard Keen, Scot Sinclair, Audrey Stone, and Jennifer Woolcock-Schwartz all demonstrate sustained and sophisticated practices that both address the formal characteristics of their medium and express their own experience of the world around them.  In OnEdge, curator Susan Post brings together the unique and often extraordinary ways in which each of these artists grapples with what happens at the edge of a shadow.

The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001
212. 343. 1060

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery | January - February 2018


January 24 - February 24, 2018

An experimental exhibition of letter-size black and white digital inventions
by selected national and international artists.
Curated by Ann Stoddard

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Harper Center for the Arts
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, South Carolina  29325

Cameron Art Museum | October 2017 - July 2018


October 8, 2017 - July 8, 2018

GALA: Saturday October 7th

Above: Bauspiel, 2017, mixed media collage

Cameron Art Museum
3201 South 17th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412

ArtSpace Raleigh | September-October 2017

JUXTAPOSITION  |  Celia Johnson + Donald Martiny

September 1 - October 27, 2017

Opening Reception: 
Friday September 1st, 6 - 10 PM

Artist Talk:
Paint | Process  October 12, 6:30-9 PM

ArtSpace Raleigh
201 East Davie Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27601

Sam & Adele Golden Foundation | April 2017

Made In Paint Exhibition | 2017
Featuring work of the 2016 SAGF residency artists

April 8 - July 28, 2017

Above: Celia Johnson | Study Group

Opening reception: April 8, 4:30 - 6:30 pm 

SAGG - Sam & Adele Golden Gallery
Golden Artist Colors
188 Bell Road
New Berlin, NY 13411

Giampietro Gallery | April 2017

DIALECTICAL PRAXIS  |  Celia Johnson & Donald Martiny
April 1 - 29, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday April 1, 2017, 6 - 8 pm

Above left: Maistín, 2016, encaustic on birch panel

Giampietro Gallery
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Corridor Projects | September 2016

FICTION (With Only Daylight Between Us) 
Curated by Jeffrey Courtland Jones

September 2 - 23, 2016

Pictured right: Maistín Epson digital print

Corridor Projects 
Front Street Warehouse
Dayton, OH 45402
937. 331. 9061

Traveling to Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany
View online here

North Carolina Museum of Art | August 2016

Monster Drawing Rally | 2016
Curated by Harriet Hoover

North Carolina Museum of Art / NCMA
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

Friday, August 26, 2016, 6-10 pm

View Flickr photo stream online here.

Art in America On Tour | January 2016

Art in America on Tour
Representing North Carolina
Curated by Julie Torres and Ann Stoddard for Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Jan 14 – Feb 20, 2016
Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery
Harper Center for the Arts
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC

ART IN AMERICA on Tour assembles a constellation of artwork from across the US featuring one small work per artist, representing every state + Puerto Rico.
This installation acts as a literal map of activity, documenting the current conversation of and about art-making taking place across the country.

Residency awards | 2016

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

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Artist Resident and Grant Recipient, Amherst, VA 


New Geometry | Giampietro Gallery | January 2016

New Geometry
January 9 - February 20, 2015
Power Boothe
Anoka Faruqee
Blinn Jacobs
Celia Johnson
Will Lustenader
Karen Schiff
Gary Stephan
Robert Storr
Don Voisine

Opening reception: Saturday, January 9, 6 - 8 pm
Giampietro Gallery
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven CT 08510
203. 777. 7760

Hunt Hill Farm Trust | Silo Gallery | November 2015

Curated by Jessical Jane Russell

November 20, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Hunt Hill Farm Trust, Silo Gallery
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT 06776
860. 355. 0300

GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art | September 2015

InFocus Gallery | Fall Print Show
Curated by Emily Shank & Edie Carpenter

September 18 - November 15, 2015

GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art
200 North Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
336. 333. 2612

Giampietro Gallery | September 2015

Clint Jukkala & John Newman with works by Celia Johnson
September 12 - October 17, 2015

Opening reception: Saturday, September 12, 6 - 8 pm

Giampietro Gallery 
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

The Curator Gallery | March 2015

Some Assembly Required
Curated by Mark Wethli

March 5 - April 18, 2015

Opening reception: Wednesday March 4, 6 - 8 pm

Steven Alexander
Karen Gelardi
Celia Johnson
Lael Marshall
Duane Paluska
Don Voisine

While the work in the exhibition displays an outwardly similar vocabulary of geometric forms, each artist transforms this language through the unique ways in which his or her work is assembled. While Karen Gelardi, Lael Marshall, and Duane Paluska use literal methods of assemblage to create their art, Steven Alexander, Celia Johnson, and Don Voisine “assemble” their work in a metaphorical sense by underscoring its constructed (and constructivist) qualities.  

Taking its title from the familiar phrase found on   the labels for everything from tricycles to bedroom furniture, Some Assembly Requiredpoints to a similar stipulation for artists who employ geometry, which might be thought of as a kind of “kit” from which their work is constructed. While the narrow range of platonic forms found in plane geometry might seem too limiting for some, for these artists (and others like them) geometry’s neutrality and universality is what leaves it most open--but also most challenging--to creating new meanings and visual experiences.  

“For artists working in this vernacular, geometry is to their work what haystacks were to Monet or bottles were to Morandi; not what the work is about or even what defines it, but simply the constant through which other ambitions, forms of expression and visual experiences can be tested and realized,” says Wethli.   

Wethli chose the artists for their differences as much as their similarities, creating a striking collection of contrasts and connections.  “The strengths these artists bring to their work is not in their use of geometry alone—which is something of a given -- but how these timeless forms are assembled and developed,” says Wethli.  “They even invite the pleasurable prospect of ‘some assembly required’ for the viewer as well.” 
The Curator Gallery
520 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Awards & Residencies | 2015

Vermont Studio Center
Johnson, VT
Artist residency grant
February-March 2015

International Annual Encaustic Conference

Scholaship Award​
Provincetpown, MA
June 2015

The Painting Center is Turning 21 | December 2014

The Painting Center Benefit Exhibition
November 25 - December 20, 2014
Opening Gala December 12, 2014 from 6 - 9 pm

The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

COLOR | FORM | October 2014

Paintings & Screenprints by Celia Johnson

October 5 - October 26, 2014

Opening reception: Sunday, October 5th, 2 - 4 pm

Horace Williams House
610 East Rosemary Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919. 942. 7818


GreenHill Winter Show | December 2013

GreenHill Winter Show
Curated by Edie Carpenter

December 8, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Collector's Choice reception December 7, 6 - 10 pm

GreenHill Space for North Carolina Art
200 North Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
336. 333. 7460

Little Somethings | ParisCONCRET | December 2013

Little Somethings
Curated by Anna and Richard van der Aa

November 30 - January 4, 2013

Opening reception November 30, 5 - 8 pm

Alain Biltereyst
Celia Johnson
Lael Marshall

5 Rue des Immeubles Industriels
Paris, France 75011


311 West Martin Street | September 2013

Form | Gesture | Vision 
6 September - 29 September, 2013

With work by
Celia Johnson
Gerry Lynch
Bill Lynch

311 Gallery
311 West Martin Street 
Raleigh, NC 27601

North Carolina Artists Exhibition | Raleigh Fine Arts Society | March 2013

North Carolina Artists Exhibition
Raleigh Fine Arts Society 

March 10 - May 2, 2013

My painting "Upend" has been selected among over 400 entries from across
North Carolina for inclusion in the 2013 North Carolina Artists Exhibition
sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.

Juried by William Dunlap

Betty Ray McCain Gallery
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh NC 27601

Visual Art Exchange | January-February 2013

Open Source
Visual Art Exchange
309 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
February 1 - 21, 2013 

Exchange Gallery
Visual Art Exchange
309 West Martin Street
​Raleigh, NC 27601
January 4 - 24, 2013

Harris Warren Gallery | May 2012

This & That, Group exhibition, Wake Forest, NC, 
May 5 - June 2, 2012
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