THE ART OF LA JOHNSON

Hello!
LA's work has appeared on album covers, posters, t-shirts, and totes. She is an in-house illustrator and Art Director at NPR and freelances as well. She received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. LA resides in the heart of Washington, D.C. and hails from Cleveland (Believeland), Ohio. She is the founder and curator of NEONCAT and a co-founder of the DC Art Book Fair.

Clients include:
Warby Parker, AARP, NPR, Deloitte, Sierra Club, SPLC, The Rumpus, The Intentional, Ohio Magazine, What’s Up Annapolis Magazine, The South Magazine, What’s Up Eastern Shore Magazine, The American Interest, Avery Anthology, SCRAPS.

Awards

LA is the recipient of the 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Innovation for her non-fiction comics at NPR. 

Lectures

LA has lectured and held crits upon invitation from the George Washington University, MICA in Baltimore, and Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA. Her focus is on artistic confidence, self-promotion and moving on your own path. She has also lectured across the US for NPR promoting visual journalism and telling stories with pictures.

LA has taught painting classes for high school art students, and adult beginners. *Email for more information if you are interested in taking a class, or inviting her to lecture!

Exhibitions

2018

NeonCat - WOMXN X ART, The Lemon Collective, 3/18

2017

DC Design Week Showcase, Cherry Blossom Creative, 11/17

Open Studio Spring Show, DC 6/17

Find The 11th Dimension, Fathom Creative, DC 5/17

2016

American University, Transformer Annual Auction 11/16

2015

Open Studio, DC -

  • Show Posters Show, 12/15

Hole in the Sky, DC -

  • Group Show, 7/15

Black Whiskey, DC - Black Whole, printmaking show, 6/15

2014

Project 5 Gallery, Baltimore - 10/14

Hole in the Sky, DC - Call and Response, 9/14

2013

The Dunes, DC -  Paperhaus and Friends, 10/13

Hole in the Sky, DC -

  • Printmaking Show, 11/13
  • Portrait Show, 8/13
  • Mural Show, 6/13

Civilian Arts Projects, DC- Permanent Summer, 7/13

2012

Permanent Collection, 21st Century Realtors, Washington, DC. June 2012-present

Scraps, Independent Publication,  Brooklyn, NY. March 2012

2011

Parallelism (solo), JoJo’s Restaurant and Bar , Washington, DC. Oct.-Dec. 2011

STPP Fest, Bella Cafe (R.I.P.), Washington DC. June 2011

Love and Memory, Cre[8] Space Gallery (R.I.P.), Washington, DC. February 2011

2010

Avery Anthology Release Show (solo), Book Court, Brooklyn, NY. November 2010

Alie[N]ation (solo), Mid City Caffe (R.I.P.), Washington, DC. Oct.-Dec. 2010

First Friday Monthly Show, Channel 33 Project,  Delaware, OH. Aug. 2009-Mar. 2010