Stephanie Anne Johnson uses her installations and mixed media sculptures as a way to preserve and honor the history of Africans. She uses large-scale slide projections in settings such as railroad stations, churches, cemeteries and galleries.
Locally, Ms. Johnson has exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The De Young Museum, The Jewish Museum, Intersection For The Arts, and The Museum of The African Diaspora in San Francisco. In 2006, she had a one-person show at The Sargent Johnson Gallery in San Francisco. She has been the recipient of grants from The Gerbode Foundation, New Langton Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts. As well as other national arts organizations, she has been commissioned by The Atlanta Arts Festival, The City of Oakland, The DeYoung Museum, Intersection for The Arts, and Afro Solo.
In a lighting design career that spans 35 years, Ms. Johnson has designed shows for Cultural Odyssey, Dimensions Dance Theater, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Arizona Repertory Theater, La Mama Theater (N.Y.) and Black Moon Theatre (Paris). Her lighting design work has been seen in India, The Netherlands, Italy, France and Belgium. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from The Gerbode Foundation, The Margaret Calder Hayes Prize, California State University and The National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Johnson holds degrees from Emerson College, Boston, Mass., San Francisco State University and The University of California at Berkeley and is currently a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at The Union Institute & University. She is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair in The Visual and Public Art Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.