MFA Summer Lecture Series: Garth Johnson

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The MFA in Studio Art program announces its 20th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting artists. Held on campus, lectures will take place from June 25 through August 5 and are free and open to the public. For further information, contact MFA Program Director Cynthia Thompson at or MFA Program Coordinator Rebecca Jacoby at

Garth Johnson is a writer, educator and artist who joined the Clay Studio in Philadelphia in January 2014 as curator of Artistic Programs. He received his BFA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and his MFA from Alfred University. He has taught at Georgia State University' Columbus State University, Golden West College and the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. Johnson initially came to prominence through his website,, which he started in 2005. His first book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, was published in 2009. Johnson has lectured and given workshops around the globe at venues including the Red Lodge Clay Center in Billings, Mont., the University of California­ at Berkeley, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Stedefreund in Berlin. His TEDx lecture, "Recycling Sucks: The History of Creative Reuse," can be viewed on YouTube or on the TED website. Johnson has contributed to publications including Handmade Nation, Humor in Craft, Craftivity and Arizona State University's Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking American Craft. His curatorial work includes "Era Messages" at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore., and "Renewal Notice" at the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepardstown, W.V. Johnson was a curatorial finalist for the 2014 Ceramics Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, and his work has been shown nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Clay Studio in 2009 and the group exhibition “Horizon: Landscapes, Ceramics and Print” at the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design in Oslo, Norway.

Johnson's work can be found at

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