Teresa Johnson, MFA

Instructor & Director of the Thornhill Art Gallery Phone 816-501-3762

Raised in Kansas City, Teresa Johnson is an artist that grew up with creative parents that encouraged her to make art from a young age. After earning her BFA in Painting from Emporia State University, she then went on to earn an MFA in Photography from Kansas State University. While in graduate school, she also spent equal time exploring printmaking and teaching herself alternative photographic processes. She taught photography at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, before landing back in Kansas City at Avila University. She has earned awards for her teaching and for her work and has been accepted into numerous exhibitions throughout the United States. Her work is an evolving conversation about processes merged with contemporary concepts. From painting and drawing to printmaking and sewing, she crafts unique pieces that form a visual framework for the ideas that interest her and speak to that particular time in her life. Her newest body of work, tilted Raising Them, showcases fiber arts that incorporate a traditional cyanotype process on repurposed clothing and explores the themes of motherhood and masculinity in today’s world. More of her work can be found at: This love for process and learning new things inspired her to become an educator and passing on her passions for learning and excitement in creating drive her to be a better instructor.

The Mask, Beginning & Intermediate Photography, Digital Media
BFA in painting from Emporia University and MFA in photography from Kansas State University
Juliet Hardtner Women in Arts & Humanities Professorship, McNeese State University,
2012 Honorable Mention, TASIJME, Juror-Jeff Forster, The Art Studio, Beaumont, TX,
2010 Honorable Mention, 4th Annual Dr. Joe Cash Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Associates Gallery, Lake Charles, LA
Honorable Mention, TASIJME, Juror-Charles Stagg, The Art Studio, Beaumont, TX,
2010 Katherine Krause Blake Endowed Professorship Award, McNeese State University,
2009 Robert Jones Beauregard Parish Historic Fund Endowed Professorship Award, McNeese State University,
2008 1st Place, Between the Fences, Juror- Jim Richardson, National Geographic, Grassroots Art Center, Lucas, KS, 2006 Award of Merit, White, Black and Shades of Gray, Juror-Lisa Tung, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, 2006
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