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April Zanne Johnson

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Lives in
Greater New York City Area

Works in
Greater Metropolitan Area


Parsons the New School for Design, 1993, BFA
Montclair State University Graduate College of the Arts, 2013, MFA

abstract, modern, surrealism

Current Exhibitions and Events
Jul, 2014 Layers, curated by Aimee Hertog
City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

April Zanne Johnson                                                                                                                      


August 2014- Solo Exhibition, Herhusid Artist Residency, Siglufjörður, Iceland

July 2014- BWAC, Color, juried by Lauren Hinkson, assistant curator for collection at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

July 2014- First Street Gallery National MFA Competition, juried by Asya Geisberg

July 2014 - Layers Exhibition, City Without Walls – Newark NJ, curated by Aimee Hertog

June 2014- Gallery Aferro, 6th Annual Art Auction and Party- Newark, NJ

December 2013 – March 2014:  Metro 30, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, City Without Walls - Newark NJ, juried by Rebecca Jampol, Director & Founder, Solo(s) Project House; Franc Palaia, Artist and Founding Member of Metro Show; Kara Rooney, Art Critic, Brooklyn Rail

October 2013:  Albert Wisner Public Library Metro 29 Show, Warwick NY

August – October 2013:  Medford Arts Center, Metro 29 Show, 18 North Main Street, Medford NJ

July 2013:  B. Beamsderfer Gallery, Metro 29 Show, 6 North 2nd Ave, Highland Park NJ

July 2013:  Art Takes Manhattan: Times Square Billboard Event, New York NY, Digital Group Exhibition Times Square

June 2013:   This Show Means Right Now, Magnan Metz Gallery, 521 W 26th St, New York NY

June 2013:  City Hall Jersey City, Metro 29 Show, 280 Grove St. 2nd & 3rd floor, Jersey City NJ

May 2013:  Toxicity, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 135 Broadway, Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

April – May 2013:  Ramapo College, Metro 29 Show, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah NJ

March – April 2013:  Rabble-Rousing Acts, 73 See Gallery, 73 Pine St., Montclair NJ

March 2013:  Johnson Free Public Library Metro 29 Show, Hackensack NJ

February 2013:  Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, 137 Duane Street, New York NY

January – February 2013:  Exhibition of Works on Paper, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff, CF24 OSP, United Kingdom

2013 FULL YEAR:  Metro 29 Exhibitions, City Without Walls, Newark NJ, Jurors: Jared Ash, Ròcio Aranda-Alvarado & Lawerence Cappiello;  Year-long traveling exhibit

November 2012:  Rupture: Painting Exhibition, Finley Hall Gallery, Montclair State University

Fall 2012:  It’s a Color Thing, Art Scene Today, International Juried Exhibition, juror Ava Rado Harte, Center for Emerging Art, Miami FL & Vorpal Gallery, New York NY

September – October 2012:  Scaled to the Infinite, Index Art Center, Newark NJ

June – August 2012:  Territories: MFA Group Exhibition, Finley Hall Gallery, Montclair State University

March 2012:  National Wet Paint Exhibition - Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago IL, Curated by Sergio Gomez

February 2012:  -ology: Paintings and Drawings, Finley Hall Gallery, MSU, two person exhibit

October 2011:  The 17th Year: Secret Dialogue Solo Exhibition, SCCC Atrium Gallery, Newton NJ

October 2011:  New Meeting: Painting and Sculpture, Finley Hall Gallery, Montclair State University

September 2011:  San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition, The Artists’ Alley, San Francisco CA, National Juried Exhibition

July 2011:  Ode To California Juried Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Main Gallery, Palo Alto CA

May – September 2011:  Birds, Bees and Butterflies National Juried Exhibition, Lazarus Gallery, NY

April – June 2011:  24th Annual Skylands National Juried Exhibition, SCA&HC Gallery, Newton NJ

February 2011:  Mandalas, Circles & Spheres, SCA&HC Gallery, Newton NJ


2014: Herhusid Artist Residency, Siglufjörður, Iceland

2013: Best of 2013, Saatchi, London U.K., curated by Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson, this is a collection of highlights of the year, including works from our featured series: One to Watch, Invest in Art, Inside the Studio, and Showdown. A celebration of outstanding work on Saatchi  Online.

2013:  Dedalus Foundation M.F.A. Fellowship Nominee, nominated by the graduate faculty of Montclair State University

2012 & 2013:  Executive Women of New Jersey, Unconventional Graduate Student Merit Award, nominated by the graduate faculty of Montclair State University

2005:  Metropolitan Museum of Art Grant - Islamic Art Education, educational art grant fror the PTHSD

2000:  SCARC Foundation Volunteer of the Year - Art and Design, Sussex County ARC Foundation


Williamsburg Art & Historical Center,  “Green Black System, Protrusion” and “Green Black System, Twin Bodies”, purchased for the museum’s permanent collection and catalog – August 2013

Big, Bright, Bold: Saatchi Collection Feature, curated by Rebecca Wilson, Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London UK – August 2013

NEW THIS WEEK 07.01.13: Saatchi Gallery Homepage Feature, curated by Rebecca Wilson, Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London UK – July 2013

Small is Beautiful: Saatchi Gallery Homepage Feature, curated by Rebecca Wilson, Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London UK -  July 2013

NEW THIS WEEK 05.16.13: Saatchi Gallery Homepage Feature, curated by Rebecca Wilson, Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London UK – May 2013

Tangerine Dream: Saatchi Gallery Homepage Feature, curated by Rebecca Wilson,

EVS Broadcast Technology - Mexico City, Mexico - Permanent Collection – February 2010

EVS Broadcast Technology - Fairfield, NJ - Permanent Collection – June 2009

Cusomano Corporate Building – Burbank, CA - Permanent Collection – August 2009


Johanna Tewes, “April Zanne Johnson entwirft biomorphe Traumlandschaften” (“ April Zanne Johnson designs biomorphic Dreamscapes”) Art Armada ,  Hamburg, Germany   January, 2014

Rebecca Wilson, “One to Watch: April Zanne Johnson” Saatchi Gallery Homepage Feature   January 28, 2013

Brendan Peer, “Review April Zanne Johnson” Used Magazine, London  U.K.   July, 2013

Cojo Juggernaut, “Artist in Repose- April Zanne Johnson- Chelsea Gallery Crawl” Artaholics    June, 2013

Jacques Van Weerden, “30 Abstract Traditional Painters, Creative Overflow” Design Magazine   August 29, 2013

Michelle Bloch and Christine Soccio, Agnostic|Portals|Floating|Ciphers - April Zanne Johnson 

(Raleigh: LuLu Press, 2013).


November 2013:  GLAAD Foundation Art Auction, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY, 50 artists including April Zanne Johnson, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Keith Haring, Alex Katz & Pablo Picasso, donations by invitation.

June 2013:  Artist Lecture, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, “Paintings of Agnostic Portals and Floating Ciphers”

June 2013:  Gallery Aferro 5th Annual Art Auction Fundraiser, Newark , NJ, participating artist include April Zanne Johnson,  Joe Waks & Yoko Ono, donations by invitation.

April 2013:  Artist Lecture, 73 See Gallery, Montclair NJ,  “Ways and Means”

2012 – 2013:  Sole Juror, State Art Exhibition of New Jersey, “Works by Senior Citizens”

2011-2012:  Mentored by Julie Heffernan, M.F.A., Montclair State University






Recent Exhibits

April Zanne Johnson participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 2014 MFA National Competition
First Street Gallery
Jul, 2014 2014 MFA National Competition Curated by: Asya Geisberg
First Street Gallery
Jun, 2014 6th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
Gallery Aferro
Sep, 2013 "The Creator Series" Premiere Gallery Opening Reception
Bar Catalonia
Jun, 2013 Toxicity
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
Jun, 2013 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition - This Show Means Right Now
Magnan Metz Gallery
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