Education

1974
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

1977
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
FOR / REAL: Martin JohnsonLinda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia

2014
FORInstance: Martin JohnsonThe Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

2011
Martin Johnson: FORward, True F. Luck Gallery, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia

1994
Forty-Four Four-by-Fours, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia

1993
Site Installation, Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Faces For(Body Politic), Glass Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1992
HESHEUNISALLFORONE (44 4X4s in Four Parts), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1990
GLIMPSATONE: An Installation by Martin JohnsonPeninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia

1988
Site Installation, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Enigmatic Constructions - (Retro)Active Art Work(s), Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, Virginia

1987
Martin Johnson at Phyllis Kind Gallery, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

1985
New Paintings by Martin JohnsonPhyllis Kind Gallery, New York

1984
Martin Johnson at Phyllis Kind Gallery, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

1983
Martin Johnson at Phyllis Kind GalleryPhyllis Kind Gallery, New York

1981
Martin Johnson at Phyllis Kind GalleryPhyllis Kind Gallery, New York
Martin Johnson at Phyllis Kind GalleryPhyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Site Installation, Florence Wilcox Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

1980
Work by Martin JohnsonPhyllis Kind Gallery, New York

1979
One-Artist Exhibition, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

1978
Appalachian National Drawing Competition, Farthing Art Gallery, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
Recent Works by Martin JohnsonAppalachian Center for Contemporary Art, Charleston, West Virginia
Site Installation, Appalachian Center for Contemporary Art, Charleston, West Virginia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013–2014
Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art GalleryNew Haven, Connecticut

2011
Textural Structures: Selected Works from the South Dakota Art MuseumBrookings, South Dakota

2010
An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel CollectionThe University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Living For Art: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
Fifty Works for the First State: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel CollectionDelaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

2009
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty StatesOklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1995
New Works Fellowships: Northern TelecomArlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia

1994
New Works Fellowships: Northern TelecomCity Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, North Carolina

From Minimal to Conceptual Art: Works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel CollectionNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1992–1993
Recycled and Re-EvaluatedVirginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia

1990
Un/Common Ground: Virginia ArtistsThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
The Portrait in AmericaThe Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

1989
Sculpture Now: 10 VirginiansDanville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Danville, Virginia

1988
Household MediaVirginia Beach Arts Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Site Installation, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, New York
From the Collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
Artists' SketchbooksSoutheastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1987
Four Sharp ArtistsThe Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
AnimalsPeninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia
Ten Years of the Southeast SevenSoutheast Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1986
Drawings form the Collection of Dorothy and Herb VogelUniversity of Arkansas Fine Arts Center Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Juried Miniature Exhibition, Invited Juror, Tidewater Artists Association, Hermitage Foundation Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

1985
Insider/OutsiderVirginia Beach Arts Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Gallery Talk, Virginia Beach Arts Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
CartoonsS.P.L.A.T. Alternative Art Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
Erotic ArtS.P.L.A.T. Alternative Art Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
Martin Johnson: InstallationOld Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia

1984
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I  I took the one less traveled by," Alumni Lecture Series, Washington Alexandria Center for Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Visiting Artists 19771984, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Rockefeller RetrospectiveWake Forest University Fine Arts Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Group du Jour: A Changing Group Exhibition by Gallery ArtistsPhyllis Kind Gallery, New York
Michele Feder-Nadoff, Martin Johnson, Irene KubotaPhyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1983
Dialect = Dialectic IIPhyllis Kind Gallery, New York
P.S.1Museum of Modern Art, Queens, New York
Four MenPhyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1982
P.S...P.S.1, 1708 East Main Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
New New YorkUniversity Fine Arts Galleries, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida; Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, Florida; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Twentieth Anniversary of the Vogel Collection,  University Fine Arts Galleries, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida; Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, Florida; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

1981
Ikon Logos: Word as Image, The Alternative Museum, New York
Former North Carolina ArtistsCharlotte and Philip Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1980
P.S.1Museum of Modern Art, Queens, New York
Four MenPhyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago

1979–1980
Paintings from New York GalleriesJames Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia; Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia

1979
Works on Paper: Annual Drawing ExhibitionWeatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina
The Intimate GestureVisual Arts Gallery, School of the Visual Arts, New York
One-Hundred Artists ShowTen Windows on Eighth Avenue, New York

1977
The Magnetic Image: Invitational Video Showing, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Works from the Collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1976
Exhibition 280, Huntington Galleries, Huntington, West Virginia

1975
Selections from the Collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, Clocktower Gallery, New York, New York

Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture of the '60s and '70s from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Grants and Awards

1993
Northern Telecom Fellowship, City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, North Carolina

1986
Invited Juror, Tidewater Artists Association, Juried Miniature Exhibition, Hermitage Foundation Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

1985
Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Invited Lecturer, Virginia Beach Arts Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia

1984
Invited Lecturer, Alumni Lecture Series at the Washington-Alexandria Center for Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Alexandria, Virginia

19791982
Artist-in-Residence, P.S.1, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Queens, New York

1975
MFA Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publications / Selected Press

Bachman, Dona. (2009) "Meet Herb and Dorothy Vogel." Southern Illinois University Carbondale - The Museum Newsletter (Spring 2009): 4. 

Ball, Don, ed. The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States. Exhibition catalogue. Washington, D.C.: National Endowment for the Arts, 2008. 

Barnet, Vivian. “Introduction.” In Drawings from the Collection of Dorothy and Herb Vogel. Exhibition catalogue. Little Rock: University of Arkansas Gallery, 1986.

Boyd, Julia W. “Martin Johnson.”In Un/Common Ground: Virginia Artists 1990. Exhibition catalogue. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1990, pp. 52-61.

Browning, Robert. Ikon Logos: The Word as Image. Exhibition catalogue, p. 43. New York: The Alternative Museum, 1981.

Cobb Wright, Caroline. “All There, All Significant, All Equal.”  In Martin Johnson: Forward. Exhibition catalogue. Richmond, VA: The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 2011.

For/Real: Martin Johnson and Valerie HardyExhibition catalogue. Williamsburg, VA: Linda Matney Gallery, 2017. 

Johnson, Brooks. The Portrait in America: The Chrysler Museum. Exhibition catalogue. Norfolk, VA: Chrysler Museum, 1990. 

Kass, Ray. “Martin Johnson’s ‘ForInstance.’” Folk Art Messenger 22, no 3 (Spring/Summer 2011), 23-25. 

Kuspit, Donald. “Martin Johnson’s Maniac American Dream.” In New Work Fellowships: Northern Telecom, Nancy H. Margolis, ed., pp. 1-4. Exhibition catalogue. Raleigh: The City Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1994

Kuspit, Donald. “Martin Johnson.” Artforum 23, no. 9 (May 1985): 108.

Kuspit, Donald. “Martin Johnson at Phyllis Kind.” Artforum (September 1983): 177.

Margolis, Nancy H., ed. New Works Fellowships: Northern Telecom. Exhibition catalogue. Raleigh, NC: The City Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1994. 

McGreevy, Linda. “Art: Insider/Outsider.” Port Folio 3, no. 2 (May 14–20, 1985): 35.

Ploog, Randy J. and Vivian Endicott Barnett, eds. Drawings from the Collection of Dorothy and Herb Vogel. Exhibition catalogue. Little Rock, AR: The University of Arkansas Gallery, 1986. 

Reviews of Exhibitions/Martin Johnson at Phyllis Kind.” Art in America 71, no. 8 (September 1983): 177.

Robinson, John. “Reviews/Group Shows at Phyllis Kind.” Arts 59, no. 1 (September 1984): 33. 

Schwartzman, Alex. “Martin Johnson.” Arts 54, no. 5 (January 1980): 6.

South, Carissa. “Martin Johnson.” In Forty-Four Four-by-Fours. Exhibition catalogue. Roanoke, VA: The Art Museum of Western Virginia, 1994.

Theodore, Molleen, ed. Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art GalleryExhibition catalogue. New Haven, CT: Yale University Art Gallery, 2013. 

Wallach, Amei. “Everyone wants to get into P. S. 1.Newsday. (January 13, 1980): n.pag.

Ward, Alex. “Recycled Space for Artists.” The National Endowment for the Arts, The Cultural Post, no. 24 (August 1979): 1-3. 

Works in Public Collections

Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland
Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Missouri
David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

Works in Private Collections

Richard Brown Baker, New York, New York
Charles Beneson, Connecticut
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bergman, Chicago, Illinois
William Copley, New York, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goldberg, New York, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Koppel, Chicago and New York
Prudential Insurance Company, New York, New York
Bill and Pam Royall, Richmond, Virginia
The Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation
Martihn Sklar, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Speyer, New York, New York
Herbert and Dorothy Vogel