Leroy Johnson

2014 Pew Fellow

1/8: Leroy Johnson, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/8: Leroy Johnson, 60th Street. Photo courtesy of the artist.
3/8: Leroy Johnson, The Block. Photo courtesy of the artist.
4/8: Leroy Johnson, Out of the Frying Pan. Courtesy of the artist.
5/8: Leroy Johnson, Fried Chicken. Photo courtesy of the artist.
6/8: Leroy Johnson, West Side Series. Photo courtesy of the artist.
7/8: Leroy Johnson, Vacant. Photo courtesy of the artist.
8/8: Leroy Johnson, Man with Hat. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“My work is generally more about compulsion than ambition.”

Leroy Johnson (b. 1937) is a mixed-media artist whose work takes the form of painting, collage, and assemblage sculpture. A native of Philadelphia, his work is poetic and reflective of his many experiences in the inner city. “I am impressed with ‘make-shift’ structures and structures shaped by necessity,” Johnson says. “The inner-city landscape I depict is both map and metaphor for the actual landscape and the contents of the collective unconsciousness.” His work captures the city in a way that is immediate, intuitive, and filled with experiential understanding, translating the weight of the urban environment into painting and sculpture. Johnson has exhibited widely, with past solo shows at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Tirza Yalon Kolton Ceramic Gallery (Tel Aviv), Gloucester County College (Sewell, NJ), and the Camden County Historical Society. He has received grants from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Independence Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

References

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened to the public in 1954 and is located in the former home of brothers Philip and Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, international dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts.

The Village will host two accomplished West African social practice artists, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso, during residencies in which they will collaborate with north central Philadelphia’s families to design and execute a public art project, nurturing a space for community members to creatively transform their physical landscape.

The ICA presents a conversation with Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company—a center for art, knowledge, and society in Dakar, Senegal.

Grants & Grantees

Named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings.

Grants & Grantees

This groundbreaking exhibition presented the early artwork of the late Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, is the founder and director of its dance program as well as the chair of the arts program.

A thoughtful solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based conceptual photographer James Welling, whose ongoing Wyeth series takes inspiration from and pays homage to the 20th-century American artist Andrew Wyeth.

Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher leads a workshop exploring creative reflection in conjunction with the Center-funded Elephants on the Avenue, presented by Historic Germantown.

W Magazine commissions visual artist Ryan Trecartin to create cover art for its 10th anniversary art issue, visual artist Caroline Lathan-Stiefel opens a new solo exhibition at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, and more.

On Monday, June 15, 2015, we announced and honored the 2015 grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with a celebration at the Curtis Institute of Music.

One of Philadelphia’s smartest and scrappiest small, no-profit art spaces, Marginal Utility is known for forging long-term commitments with artists.