Born in London, England and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming Ann Johnson is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she has taught for over 20 years. She has received an MA in Humanities from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and her MFA from The Academy of Art University, in San Francisco. Primarily a mixed media artist, Johnson’s passion for exploring issues particularly in the Black community has led her to engaging work. Her series It Is The Not Knowing That Burns My Soul, examining the “Black Indian, was included in a catalog and exhibition titled: Indivisible for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
She was a Prize winner in Houston’s “The Big Show” in 2004, and was the Mixed Media winner in the Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition in 2007. She was also included in the 2013 Texas Biennial. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, and the International Review of African American Art. She has exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY, Women and their work in Austin, TX, and the California African American Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA.