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Courtney Adair Johnson



Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Technical University, Smithville, TN, Concentration: Metals, 2001-1999 

Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC, Concentration: Metals, 1999-1997



AIR, McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency (M-SPAR), Nashville TN Present-2016 

Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Visionaries by Carl Pope, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery 2018-2019

Social Justice Innovation Initiative Grant, M-SPAR, University of Tennessee 2018

Overlands Artworks, ALT Residency, June 2018

Career Development, Hinge Arts Residency, Springboard for the Arts, Fergus Falls, MN 2017

Learning Lab, Metro Arts, Nashville TN 2017-2016

McGruder Creative University (M-CRU), Mellon Foundation, Vanderbilt University 2016

Mapping McGruder, Thrive/Metro Arts Commission, Nashville, TN 2016

Fergus Falls Walking Map Book, Hinge Arts Residency, Springboard for the Arts, Fergus Falls, MN 2015

Master Artist/ Apprentice Program, Tennessee Craft, Nashville TN, 2014

Gold Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, National Museum of Art, Washington DC, Metals, 1999


Selected Solo/Group Exhibitions:

Cowan Collection RE:, Parthenon 2018 (curated by Courtney Adair Johnson and Susan Shockley)

40 for 40, Metro Arts Commission, Metro Courthouse 

Build Better Tables, assisted Tattfoo Tan on S.O.S. Free Seed Libraries, Metro Arts Temporary Public Art (curated by Nicole Caruth)

What is Love?, Julia Martin Gallery 2018 (curated by Julia Martin)

Our Food Access, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tennessee State University 2017 (curated by Courtney Adair Johnson)

Edgehilll Muses, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy 2016 (curated by Rachel Bubis)

Dream a Reality, WAG, Arcade Nashville TN 2016

The Silo Room, Track One, Nashville TN 2015 Curated

Recycled: Paper, Thread and Trash, Harpeth Hall School, Nashville TN 2015 Curated

at MBA (in their Trash), Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville TN, 2015

Paper, Thread, and Trash, A Collections of Art Books Made from Reuse, Downtown Nashville Public Library, 2014 Curated

Material Potential, University School of Nashville 2014

Selvage, Tennessee State University Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery, Nashville TN 2014 Curated by Jodi Hays and Laura Hutson Hunter

MAAP Group Show, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville TN 2014

Abstracts and Others, Smart Scraps Make Art Supplies, Nashville TN 2014

Nashville ABC TV Series, 2014

The Dirt of our Landscape The Landscape of our Dirt, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, Nashville TN 2013

Handmade and Bound, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, Nashville TN 2013



Leadership Nashville Arts and Entertainment Day 2018-2017

Pechakucha: Shaping An Artful Community, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville TN 2017

Curlie E. McGruder Information Guide, McGruder Family Resource Center, 2016

Found Narratives, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Poverty for the Arts, Nashville TN 2015

Nashville Lantern Festival, West End Middle School, Nashville TN 2015

Free Plastic, A Community Weaving, Oz Family Day, Nashville, TN 2014

Our Meander House Book, Downtown Nashville Public Library, 2014

The Trash Menagerie, Nashville Mini Maker Faire,  2013

Color Your Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, 2013

World Refugee Day, Oasis Center and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville TN 2013

String City, Wishing Chair Production, Nashville TN 2013

Earth Day Trash Painting, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Nashville TN 2012

Mise en Scene and Field Journals with Warner Elementary and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, Nashville TN 2012

Mechanical Animals: The Mooglie Foop, Nashville’s Downtown Puppet Festival, 2011

Consuming Catastrophe: The Comedy of the Heart; A Play in Ate Parts, Downtown Presbyterian Church, Nashville TN 2010



Burnaway, Nashville Artists Aim for Place-keeping More Than Placemaking by Erica Ciccarone

Nashville arts Magazine, ARTSMART: M-SPAR: ART ENGAGING COMMUNITY by DeeGee Lester

Vanderbilt News, Edgehill Muses by Ann Marie Deer Owens

Nashville Arts Magazine Blog, The Happening at Wilburn Street Tavern by Courtney Adair Johnson

Fergus Falls Journal, Mapping it Out by Miranda Hubert

Imagine Fergus Falls Blog, Reinventing the discarded by Courtney Adair Johnson

Number Inc., The Silo Room by Erica Ciccarone

Best of Nashville Scene 2015, Best Themed Art Show by Joe Nolan 

Burnaway, Trash Tales at the Nashville Public Library by Erica Ciccarone

Nashville Arts Magazine, January 2015, Organized Chaos by Erica Ciccarone 

Nashville Visual Artist Blog, Tina Gionis 

Country Life, Nashville Scene, Studio Visit: Courtney Adair Johnson, Laura Hutson

NYCnash, Selvage at TSU with Photo Gallery, Erica Ciccarone 

Critics' Picks, Nashville Scene, Material Potential, Laura Hutson






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