Jenkins Johnson Projects New York
Founded in 1996, Jenkins Johnson Gallery is a national dealer of contemporary art representing international artists working across disciplines. A member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, owner Karen Jenkins- Johnson brings over 25 years of experience to the gallery's exhibition program. The San Francisco gallery is located in the Union Square area and has operated for twenty years in its original location at 464 Sutter Street. Jenkins Johnson Gallery is creating a project space in Brooklyn, scheduled to open September 2017.
Karen Jenkins-Johnson, Ambassador for MoAD San Francisco, is committed to working with museums, private institutions, art collectors and other dealers to progress the careers of the artists it represents. The gallery exhibits the work of established 20th century masters including Gordon Parks and projects with the Estate of Roy DeCarava. The program includes critically recognized mid-career artists including Lynn Aldrich, Nicolas Africano, Ben Aronson, Lalla Essaydi, Scott Fraser, Julian Opie, Patricia Piccinini, Mellanie Pullen, and Polixeni Papapetrou. The gallery also represents emerging artists such as Carlos Javier Ortiz, Tim Etchells, Annie Kevans, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Timotheus Tomicek, and Rin Johnson.
Gallery artists are in the collections of, and have been part of exhibitions at, many museums around the world. Their works have been widely published as artist monographs, in art journals, and among critical theory texts. The gallery has been responsible for placement of its artists’ work in many leading museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution, Detroit Institute of Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, de Young Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, San Diego Museum of Art and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The Jenkins Johnson galleries have presented over 200 exhibitions. Reviews of the galleries’ exhibitions have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Art in America, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Blouin ArtInfo, Art Newspapers, SFWeekly, among many other publications. The gallery has promoted its artists at international art fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Paris Photo, AIPAD, The Armory Show, EXPO Chicago, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Miami Projects, Art Miami, Volta NY, and artMKT San Francisco, among others.
Karen Jenkins-Johnson received her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA from the University of Puget Sound. She is the 2016 National Council of Negro Women's Business Person of the year, San Francisco Chapter. She represented U.S. gallerists at BLACK PORTRUATURES III in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is on the advisory board to Performing Stars – Enlighten, a non-profit focused on underserved girls, and is a former board member of Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Mrs. Jenkins-Johnson is a former President of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association. She has organized numerous events to benefit the arts community, including: panels on Women in the Arts in Miami, London & Paris, 2014 & 2015; a panel on the “Legacy of Gordon Parks” at artMRKT San Francisco with Julian Cox (Founding Curator of Photography for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and former Chief Curator at the de Young Museum); Art Gallery Week (10 Days: 36 Galleries) in San Francisco and Oakland 2012; frequent art walks in San Francisco and Chelsea 2010-2012. Mrs. Jenkins Johnson has been interviewed often on television and radio, and has been profiled in Photograph magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Marin Independent Journal.