Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson



33 Collegeview, A121

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Jonathan Johnson is a photographer and filmmaker whose work explores ideas about place, identity and nature. Autobiography plays a role in Johnson’s work as he often references his mixed-heritage background, travel, and backcountry exploration. Johnson collaborates with composers, writers, poets, designers and fellow artists in his artwork that takes the form of photographic prints, books, films, videos and teaching projects.  Johnson’s teaching practice incorporates these elements with the intention of forming professionally-minded contemporary artists.

Johnson has participated in residencies in Costa Rica, Iceland, and Sweden. He also regularly works in Thailand.  His creative work has been shown at film festivals and galleries in over 30 countries including: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Modern Art Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Galleria Sment, Braga, Portugal; Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa; Sofia Arsenal Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Union Docs, Brooklyn; Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the EXiS Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea.  Before working in academia Johnson was a competitive ski racer and held positions in the music industry and public affairs.


  • MFA, University of Iowa, 2009
  • MA, Minnesota State University, 2005
  • BA, University of Alaska, 2001