Stephanie Anne Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Visual and Public Art Department of California State University, Monterey Bay. Ms. Johnson is also a visual artist and second-generation theater worker specializing in lighting design and Black theater history. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Theater (B.F.A. – Emerson College, Boston), Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A. – San Francisco State University), and Art (M.F.A. – the University of California, Berkeley). Her article, “Women, Shared Leadership, and Policy: The Mano River Peace Network Case Study,” appeared in the Journal of Pan African Studies 4:8 (2011) and her essay on teaching public art was published in The Practice of Public Art (2008). Currently a candidate at Union Institute & University (Cincinnati) for a PhD in public policy, she is completing her dissertation on the Harlem Renaissance and the New Deal. Professor Johnson is also a Fellow at The Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco.
Image Ownership: Public Domain William Edmondson was the first black artist to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York in 1937. He grew up near Nashville, Tennessee. Edmondson’s father, George, died when he was quite young and his mother … Read MoreWilliam Edmondson (c.1870–1951)