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JOHANNA PORTER

VISUAL + PUBLIC ART

SEATTLE

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ABOUT

Growing up in the artificial urban paradise of Miami FL, I felt very detached from nature.  A longing to experience wild places was a deep desire most of my adult life. In 2019 that became my reality when I relocated to the Pacific Northwest. During the covid years I found solace and freedom to breath during escapes into nature. My artwork evolved to reflect spiritual experiences discovered in the wilderness of the Cascade Mountains. The roar of a waterfall, the sway of towering evergreens in the wind and miniature chaos found on decomposing nurse logs became imprinted upon my subconscious and then translated into subtle layers of meaning. As I reflect upon the transitory nature of life my emotional state drives my artistic journey forward.

 

My current work is public art and analog and digital mixed-media assemblage inspired by natural cycles of creation and destruction. Recycled, salvaged and found objects that are no longer deemed useful to their owners are disassembled and re-born as artworks. I reclaim these discards and enter a process where they are re-paired in the present tense as objects of joy and contemplation.The process of hand-sewing with a needle connects me with the objects’ previous owners and a long legacy of human ancestors who understood that nature never wastes anything. My world-view is one that respects organic processes, intuition and collaboration, celebration of diversity and holistic connections. My artwork holds a mirror to those values.

ARTIST BIO

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Johanna Porter is a self-taught digital artist. Her career includes three decades working as a graphic artist, illustrator and art director. In 2019 she moved her studio, PICTURESWITHIN, from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest. She now creates art that is inspired by the cycles of nature. Her digital and mixed-media assemblages have been exhibited nationally in group shows and published in contemporary art journals. Johanna has received public art commissions for temporary installations, including animated short film collaborations, in Washington state and Arizona. In 2023 Johanna Porter was added to the 2023-2025 ArtsWA Public Artist Roster.

 

ARTIST CV

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2023

City of Fife Public Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Fife WA 

 

Together Center, public art for social services community center, Redmond WA

 

City of Renton Municipal Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Renton WA
 

Fountain Hills Cultural & Civic Assoc., digital public art mural, Pump House Pilot Program, Fountain Hills, AZ

 

2022

City of Redmond, Arts and Culture, public art commission for animated short film,  Redmond WA

2021

City of Redmond, Arts and Culture, public art commission for animated short film, Redmond WA

City of Kent Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Kent WA

 

2019

City of Issaquah Arts Commission, public art installation- utility box vinyl wrap, Issaquah WA

 

PUBLIC ART ACTIVATIONS

2024

Amazon Summer Activation Stair Murals with Urban ArtWorks team, Seattle WA

Duvall Sandblast Sand Sculpture Activation with Duvall Foundation for the Arts, Duvall WA

Kirkland Urban Pride Activation Stair Mural with Urban ArtWorks team, Google campus, Kirkland WA

2022

“The Building Blocks of Community”, Seattle Design Festival, Center on Contemporary Art installation collaborator, 

South Lake Union Park, Seattle WA

“The Language of Flowers”, Duvall Days Festival temporary public art installation , Duvall WA

HONORS + AWARDS

2024

2024-2026 City of Seattle Public Art Artist Roster, Seattle WA

City of Kent Public Art Panelist for selection of pubic art awards, Kent WA 

2023

2023-2025 ArtsWA Public Artist Roster, Washington state

 

Kent 2024 Centennial Center Gallery Exhibit Award, awarded by City of Kent Cultural Programs, Kent WA 

 

2022

Artists Up! Mentorship Scholarship, awarded by 4Culture/Seattle Office of Arts & Culture/ArtsWA 

IPPY Silver Award for self-published poetry and art book “TNTRK”,  Independent Publisher Book Awards 

 

2021

Public Art Intensive Eastside Cohort, selected by the City of Redmond Arts and Culture Commission

 

2019

Roslyn Art Festival: Memories, Second Place Award

SOLO EXHIBITION

2023

"Transitory Nature", Thomas Architecture Studios, Olympia WA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

“Northwest Folklife Gallery Walk”, curated art exhibit for NW Folklife Festival, Seattle Center, Seattle WA

 

“Art as Healing”, screening of animated short film “The Light of Things”, Bothell City Hall, Bothell WA

 

“Threshold of Wonder”, curated group exhibit, Artma pop-up exhibition, Marketplace at Factoria, Factoria WA 

 

“Two-Artist Exhibition”, invitational two-person exhibit, Art Gallery at Lynwood City Hall, Lynwood WA 

 

2023

“Annual Members' Spring Exhibition”, regional online group exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA 

 

“Summer Exhibition”,  curated two-person exhibition, DaneStyles Hair Artistry, Snohomish WA

 

“2023 Kent Summer Art Exhibit”, regional juried group exhibit, Centennial Center Gallery, Kent WA

 

“Artful Stories & Community Narratives”, curated group exhibit, Sammamish City Hall Commons Gallery, Sammamish WA

 

“City of Bothell 2023-2024 Gallery Roster”, curated group exhibit, animated short film “The Light of Things”, Bothell WA 

 

“The World That I Want”, international online group exhibit, https://LysdOrart.blogspot.com, Italy

2022

"For the Voices of Women", curated group exhibit, Studio 103, Seattle WA

 

"Pluralism", curated members' group exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA

 

“Calm, Centered, Awake”, curated time-based art group exhibit, Sanctuary Studios, Seattle WA

 

“FIFTY: An Alumni Exhibition”, invitational group exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville FL

"Annual Members Exhibit", regional group exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA

 

“Art of the Garden”, regional group exhibit, Schack Art Center, Everett WA

 

"Kent Summer Art Exhibition", regional juried group exhibit, Centennial  Center Gallery,  Kent WA

"The Art of Water", curated online group exhibit, TheArtofWater.global

 

2021

“Creative and Resilient”, national juried group exhibit, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles WA

 

"Marking Lives Covid-19", international online memorial art group exhibit, ElizabethAwalt.com

“ 2021 Virtual Juried Art Exhibit”, regional online juried group exhibit, Shoreline Arts Festival, Shoreline WA

2020

"Embracing Our Differences", international group art billboard exhibit, Bayfront Park, Sarasota FL

“Windows Into the World”, international online group exhibit, Chico Art Center, Chico CA

 

“Artists in Their Residence”, national online group exhibit, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont CO

 

"Corona Portrait Project", national curated online group exhibit, CoronaPortrait.com

2019

“Cover These Walls”, national group exhibit, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes CA

“Memories”, national group exhibit, 2019 Roslyn Art Festival, Roslyn WA

“Combined Talents”, national group exhibit, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee FL

 

“Pinnacle National Juried Art Competition”, national group exhibit, Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee FL

 

2018

“Social Code”, juried group exhibit, Delray Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach FL

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2023

Jolt- the journal of Olympia, Tumwater & Lacey, February 4, 2023

https://www.thejoltnews.com/stories/johanna-porters-transitory-nature,9185

2022

Defunkt- art and literature magazine- cover artist, volume 10

https://www.defunktmag.com/volume-10

 

2021

Subjectiv- art and literature journal, November 2021

https://subjectivjournal.com/fall-2021/

2019

Peripheral Arteries Contemporary Art Review- Biennial, Summer/volume 50

https://issuu.com/artpress/docs/biennial.edition.vi

 

Art Ascent, Silver Artist, “Beauty” edition

https://artascent.com/category/artists-of-beauty-2019-apr/

EDUCATION

1985

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, University of North Florida

 

1978

Associate of Arts, Fine Art, Miami-Dade College, Miami FL

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