Ms. Kathryn Jill Johnson

Interim Chair, Associate Professor of Art, Painting & Drawing


While I am influenced by the southern tradition of narrative figure painting, my work focuses mainly on drawing. My drawings have paint, of course, but they are not really paintings—the drawn line is what tells the tale. I use painting and mixed media elements enhance the mark making, and reassert the shallow space of the picture plane. The pops and veils of color and the stained surfaces provide a ragged sort of embellishment. But line is what makes the edges and directs the characters and each mark provides a kind of unstable punctuation.

My drawings are informed by psychoanalytic theory, symbolist poetry, and absurdist humor. Each work has a cast of characters, images and elements, in flattened landscapes or ambiguous spaces. I set up these vignettes as a way of investigating what makes people be the way they are, but I am the worse sort of detective. I just like to pile up clues and rearrange them into melancholic jokes, farcical calamities and occasional moments of grace.

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Ms. Kathryn Jill Johnson's Curriculum Vitae


  • M.F.A., Drawing & Painting, University of Georgia, 2003
  • B.A., Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude (Studio Art), University of South Florida, 1999

Classes Taught


  • Creative Work 2003-2004, Young Faculty Research Proceedings, 2004, pp. 32-39
  • Review of Cross/ing. Time. Space. Movement, Paradise, May 11, 2000 p.17


  • Celebrating Our Own: Huntsville Women Artists, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (Curator: David Reyes), 2015
  • Impermanence, Gallery One, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS (solo), 2015
  • Collective Explorations, Bloch Gallery, University of Montevallo, Montevallo AL (Curators Misty and Joe Bennett), 2014
  • Works on Paper, Fayetteville Lincoln County Library, Fayetteville, TN (solo), 2014
  • Art of the State, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia AL. (Jurors Jere Allen and Ron Dale), 2014
  • Recent Work, Lowe Mill Arts Center, Huntsville, Alabama (solo), 2013
  • Fifth Annual PINNACLE National Juried Art Competition,Tanner Gallery, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida (Juror:Robin Holder), 2013
  • Faculty Exhibition, Union Grove Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama, 2013
  • Strange Glue, Collage at 100, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School of Westin, Westin, Connecticut (Curator Todd Bartell), 2012
  • Oh Well, Class of 1929 Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin (solo), 2012
  • Love, Arthur M. Berger Art Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase New York (Jurors: Christine Dehre and Charles McGill), 2012
  • Art of the State, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia , Alabama (Juror: Nandini Makrandi,), 2012
  • Armstrong National 2-D Competition Exhibition, AASU Gallery, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah Georgia (Juror: Shana Barefoot), 2012
  • Alabama’s Finest, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden Alabama (invitational), 2011
  • These Things Happen, Wilson Hall Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville (solo)
  • Faculty Exhibition, Wilson Hall Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2010
  • Panoply Festival of the Arts, Art Educators Exhibition (invitational), Huntsville, AL, 2010
  • Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, Asheville, 2010
  • BAD GUYS, Connector Gallery, Flying Monkey Arts Center, Huntsville, AL, 2009
  • Material as Signifier from Outer Space Collaborative works by Kathryn Jill Johnson and Jessica Marie Lund, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2009
  • Recent Work, 114 Main, Gallery RFD Alternate Venue, Swainsboro, GA, 2009
  • Panoply Festival of the Arts, Art Educators Exhibition (invitational), Huntsville, AL, 2009
  • 1st Annual University of Mobile Juried Art Exhibition, University of Mobile, 2008
  • Wall to Wall: Monumental Drawings, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, 2008
  • Faculty Exhibition, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2008
  • Medicalized Fairy Tales, UNA Gallery, University of North Alabama, 2007
  • The 31st Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, 2007
  • Summer Residency Program Exhibition (invitational), Cooper Union School of Art, New York, New York, 2007
  • Summer, AAMU Gallery, Alabama A&M University, 2007
  • Valdosta National, Valdosta State Gallery, Valdosta State University, 2007
  • American portfolio IV, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR, 2007
  • Dislocations Cade Center for the Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MA, 2007