Martha Ensign Johnson

martha johnson

Instructor of Art
Office Location: ADM 308

Office Hours
Spring 2011
By appointment

Printmaking: Etching, multiple metals, mixed with collagraphs and relief printmaking techniques.


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  • Summer Sabbatical, research on Romanesque Art and Architecture, Languedoc and Massif Central, Burgundy, Aquitaine, France. 2000, 2002
  • B.A. Visual Arts with Honors, Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College), St. Petersburg, Fla. 1975
  • Studied and Worked at the Santa Reparta Graphic Art Center, Florence, Italy. 1973-74
Selected Professional Positions
  • Instructor of Printmaking, Westmont College, 2008-Present
  • Professor of Printmaking, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN, 1997-2004
Selected Shows and Exhibitions
  • Language Skills: the art of the expanded print, one person show, Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, S.B., CA, fall, 2008
  • This Temporary Life, 3 person show at Galleri Norske Grafikere (National Gallery of Printmaking) Oslo, Norway, August-September 2007
  • 5th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, 2006
  • 4th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, 2005
  • Galleri Smia, show with 3 former students, Kristiansand, Norway, June, 2005
  • “40 Years and Counting: Eckerd College Alumni Exhibition”, The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, FL, 2004
  • “The Fine Art of Handmade Prints”, one of 8 featured artists at Duck Blind Ltd., Duck, N.C., 2004
  • Neogalleri. Stavanger, Norway. One Person Show. June, 2003
  • Two Printmakers Show with Audrey Niffenegger, North Park University, Carlson Tower Gallery. October 2002
  • "Mourning and Dancing" Juried exhibition at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia,April 8- May 25, 2002
  • "Directions For The Hunt" One-Woman Show, Colonial Church of Edina, MN, March-April, 2001
  • Fine Print Exhibit, June-July 2000, Greenleaf Gallery, Nags Head, N.C.
  • "Song & Metaphor" One-Woman Show, First Universalist Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Feb-Apr, 1999
  • "Permission to Play" One-Woman Show, Plymouth Congregational Church Fine Arts Series, Minneapolis, MN, Apr 1997
  • "Two Generations" Mother-Daughter Show at Greenleaf Gallery, Nags Head, NC July-Aug, 1996 and in Duck, NC, Sept, 1996
  • "Stitched, Layered, Pieced" Curated Show of Innovative Quilt Artists at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, Oct-Dec, 1995
  • "Juxtapositions" Three Person Show at Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN, 1994
  • "Connecting Fragments" Exhibition of Sculptural Works, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, 1994
  • North Dakota National Print and Drawing Annual, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1993
  • Featured Artist, Eastbank Art Council Exhibition, Eastbank Building, Grand Rapids, MI, 1992
  • The Print: Statewide Printmaking Competition Show, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992
  • 65th Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 1992
  • 64th Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 1991
  • 63rd Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 1990
  • The Print: Statewide Printmaking Competition Show, Ann Arbor, MI, 1990
  • Featured Artist Show, Carlyn Gallery, Grand Haven, MI, Oct. 1990
  • 62nd Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 1989
  • 61st Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 1988
  • 60th Regional, Muskegon Museum or Art, Muskegon, MI, 1987
  • One-Woman Show, Elliot Teaching Gallery, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL., Dec. 1987
  • One-Woman Show, Unique Country, Lafayette, IN, Oct-Nov, 1984
  • Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN, 1984
  • Art Forms '84 Biennial Exhibition, Greater Lafayette
  • One-Woman Show, Carlson Gallery, North Park College, Chicago, IL, 1978
  • One-Woman Show, Carlson Gallery, North Park College, Chicago, IL, 1977
  • Women in Art Show, Richmond Public Library, Richmond, VA, 1976
  • Virginia Women Artists' Show, Virginia Museum, 1976
  • Hanover Artist's Show, October, 1975
Awards and Honors
  • Photograph of work "THE GATHERER" selected for Gallery/Fiber listing, Feb-Mar, 1994 issue of American Craft published by American Craft Council
  • Honorable Mention Award, 63rd Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon MI, 1991 "FLIGHT JACKET"
  • O'Toole Johnson Law Offices, Muskegon, MI
  • Purchase Awards, Round the Fountain Art Fair, Lafayette, IN, 1988, 1989
  • Interiors Corporation Award, Lakeland Painters' Show, 1988 Grand Haven, MI, "SUN'S RAIMENT"
  • Honorable Mention and Purchase Prize, 16th Annual Celebration, First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, MI, 1988 'JOSEPH'S COAT"
  • Purchase Award, 10th Annual Christian Fine Arts Festival, Samuel Lutheran Church, Muskegon, MI, 1987 "WHEN THE TEMPLE VEIL WAS SPLIT"
  • Merit Award in Fine Crafts and Purchase Awards, Round the Fountain, Lafayette, IN, 1987
  • Betty Olson Award, Lakeland Painters' Show, 1987, Grand Haven, MI "EMERGING LANDSCAPE"
  • Courthouse Award, Round the Fountain, Lafayette, IN, 1986 work now in permanent collection of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse
  • Three Purchase Awards from local businesses, Round the Fountain, Lafayette, IN 1986
  • Round the Fountain Merit and Purchase Awards, Lafayette, IN, 1986
  • Lafayesta '85 Award of Merit, West Lafayette, IN 1985
  • Lafayesta '84 Award of Merit, West Lafayette, IN, 1984
  • Work selected for the Phillip Morris Inc., Permanent Collection, "THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES"
Lectures and Teaching Grants
  • Instructor of Printmaking, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, 2008-present
  • Myren Printmaking Atelier, Short course in advanced printmaking techniques, August 2007
  • Professor of Printmaking at Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN,1997-2004
  • Roseville, MN, Schools, Printmaking Workshop, 1996
  • Roseville, MN, Schools, Gifted and Talented Printmaking Workshop, 1995
  • Roseville, MN, Schools, Bookbinding Workshop, 1994
  • Zaire (now Congo), Africa, Ubak Academy, Children's Printmaking, 1994
  • Roseville, MN, Schools, Gifted and Talented Printmaking and Bookmaking Workshops, 1993
  • Printmaking Workshops, Stephenson & Menominee, MI School Districts, 1992
  • Artist-in-Residence, 1991-1992 School Year, Churchill School, Muskegon, MI
  • Teachers' In-Service, Marquette Alger Intermediate School District, Bookmaking/Printmaking, 1991
  • Exhibits of Students' Work "Handmade Prints and Other Paper Delights" Muskegon Intermediate School District, 1989, Paintings, 1991
  • Churchill School, Painting Workshop, Norton Shores, MI, 1991
  • Lincoln Park School, Muskegon, MI, 1991
  • Teachers' In-Service, Newaygo County Intermediate School District, Bookmaking/Printmaking, 1989
  • Papermaking Workshops, Oehrli School, Montague, MI, 1989, 1991
  • Kellogg Grant, Artist in Residence, Oehrli School, Montague MI, Printmaking Workshops, Apr, 1989
  • Moora Grant, Young Author's Program, Mona shores Schools, Mask Making/Fables Workshops, 1989
  • Children's Printmaking Courses, Muskegon Museum of Art, summer 1987, 1988
  • Elliot Teaching Gallery, Video Presentation, Dec, 1987
  • Lakeland Painters, 1987
  • Muskegon High School, 1987
  • Muskegon Fine Arts Guild, 1987
  • Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • The Button Gallery, Douglas and Saugatuck, MI
  • Duck Blind Ltd. (now Greenleaf Gallery), Duck, NC
  • Bay Street Gallery (closed 2000), Northport, MI
  • Little Gallery, Raleigh, NC
  • Neo Galleri, Stavanger, Norway