The Painting Center | March - April 2018


March 27 - April 21, 2018
Curated by Susan Post

Opening reception: Thursday, March 29, 6-8 PM

The Painting Center presents OnEdge, featuring ten contemporary artists whose abstractions dive head-on into both the literal and the metaphoric subject of the edge.  Selected from among more than seventy artists currently on the Art File, a curated online gallery on The Painting Center’s website, these artists use color and line to evoke and/or confound the simulation of space. Poet Mary Oliver writes, "No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. ... It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. ... Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge." There are many kinds of edges we experience in life: a meniscus contains both liquid and pressure; a horizon both earth and sky; a shadow both substance and light. This mysterious quality, of simultaneously containing both separation and union, might also aptly describe the feeling of being 'on edge' in times like these, fraught as they are with suspicion and distrust. In one way or another, we are all engaged in the quest to, as exhibiting artist Anthony Falcetta has written, "examine the shapes and seams holding [our] surroundings together." Another exhibiting artist, Lori Glavin writes: "With scraps of form and color I build spaces where I re-imagine, reinvent, and repair.
With the work in OnEdge, Patrick Burns, Anthony Falcetta, Astrid Fitzgerald, Lori Glavin, Celia Johnson, Julie Karabenick, Richard Keen, Scot Sinclair, Audrey Stone, and Jennifer Woolcock-Schwartz all demonstrate sustained and sophisticated practices that both address the formal characteristics of their medium and express their own experience of the world around them.  In OnEdge, curator Susan Post brings together the unique and often extraordinary ways in which each of these artists grapples with what happens at the edge of a shadow.

The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001
212. 343. 1060

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery | January - February 2018


January 24 - February 24, 2018

An experimental exhibition of letter-size black and white digital inventions
by selected national and international artists.
Curated by Ann Stoddard

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Harper Center for the Arts
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, South Carolina  29325

Cameron Art Museum | October 2017 - July 2018


October 8, 2017 - July 8, 2018

GALA: Saturday October 7th

Above: Bauspiel, 2017, mixed media collage

Cameron Art Museum
3201 South 17th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412

ArtSpace Raleigh | September-October 2017

JUXTAPOSITION  |  Celia Johnson + Donald Martiny

September 1 - October 27, 2017

Opening Reception: 
Friday September 1st, 6 - 10 PM

Artist Talk:
Paint | Process  October 12, 6:30-9 PM

ArtSpace Raleigh
201 East Davie Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27601

Sam & Adele Golden Foundation | April 2017

Made In Paint Exhibition | 2017
Featuring work of the 2016 SAGF residency artists

April 8 - July 28, 2017

Above: Celia Johnson | Study Group

Opening reception: April 8, 4:30 - 6:30 pm 

SAGG - Sam & Adele Golden Gallery
Golden Artist Colors
188 Bell Road
New Berlin, NY 13411

Giampietro Gallery | April 2017

DIALECTICAL PRAXIS  |  Celia Johnson & Donald Martiny
April 1 - 29, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday April 1, 2017, 6 - 8 pm

Above left: Maistín, 2016, encaustic on birch panel

Giampietro Gallery
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Giampietro Gallery | September 2015

Clint Jukkala & John Newman with works by Celia Johnson
September 12 - October 17, 2015

Opening reception: Saturday, September 12, 6 - 8 pm

Giampietro Gallery 
1064 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

The Curator Gallery | March 2015

Some Assembly Required
Curated by Mark Wethli

March 5 - April 18, 2015

Opening reception: Wednesday March 4, 6 - 8 pm

Steven Alexander
Karen Gelardi
Celia Johnson
Lael Marshall
Duane Paluska
Don Voisine

While the work in the exhibition displays an outwardly similar vocabulary of geometric forms, each artist transforms this language through the unique ways in which his or her work is assembled. While Karen Gelardi, Lael Marshall, and Duane Paluska use literal methods of assemblage to create their art, Steven Alexander, Celia Johnson, and Don Voisine “assemble” their work in a metaphorical sense by underscoring its constructed (and constructivist) qualities.  

Taking its title from the familiar phrase found on   the labels for everything from tricycles to bedroom furniture, Some Assembly Requiredpoints to a similar stipulation for artists who employ geometry, which might be thought of as a kind of “kit” from which their work is constructed. While the narrow range of platonic forms found in plane geometry might seem too limiting for some, for these artists (and others like them) geometry’s neutrality and universality is what leaves it most open--but also most challenging--to creating new meanings and visual experiences.  

“For artists working in this vernacular, geometry is to their work what haystacks were to Monet or bottles were to Morandi; not what the work is about or even what defines it, but simply the constant through which other ambitions, forms of expression and visual experiences can be tested and realized,” says Wethli.   

Wethli chose the artists for their differences as much as their similarities, creating a striking collection of contrasts and connections.  “The strengths these artists bring to their work is not in their use of geometry alone—which is something of a given -- but how these timeless forms are assembled and developed,” says Wethli.  “They even invite the pleasurable prospect of ‘some assembly required’ for the viewer as well.” 
The Curator Gallery
520 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Awards & Residencies | 2015

Vermont Studio Center
Johnson, VT
Artist residency grant
February-March 2015

International Annual Encaustic Conference

Scholaship Award​
Provincetpown, MA
June 2015

The Painting Center is Turning 21 | December 2014

The Painting Center Benefit Exhibition
November 25 - December 20, 2014
Opening Gala December 12, 2014 from 6 - 9 pm

The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

COLOR | FORM | October 2014

Paintings & Screenprints by Celia Johnson

October 5 - October 26, 2014

Opening reception: Sunday, October 5th, 2 - 4 pm

Horace Williams House
610 East Rosemary Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919. 942. 7818


Little Somethings | ParisCONCRET | December 2013

Little Somethings
Curated by Anna and Richard van der Aa

November 30 - January 4, 2013

Opening reception November 30, 5 - 8 pm

Alain Biltereyst
Celia Johnson
Lael Marshall

5 Rue des Immeubles Industriels
Paris, France 75011


311 West Martin Street | September 2013

Form | Gesture | Vision 
6 September - 29 September, 2013

With work by
Celia Johnson
Gerry Lynch
Bill Lynch

311 Gallery
311 West Martin Street 
Raleigh, NC 27601

North Carolina Artists Exhibition | Raleigh Fine Arts Society | March 2013

North Carolina Artists Exhibition
Raleigh Fine Arts Society 

March 10 - May 2, 2013

My painting "Upend" has been selected among over 400 entries from across
North Carolina for inclusion in the 2013 North Carolina Artists Exhibition
sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.

Juried by William Dunlap

Betty Ray McCain Gallery
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh NC 27601

Visual Art Exchange | January-February 2013

Open Source
Visual Art Exchange
309 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
February 1 - 21, 2013 

Exchange Gallery
Visual Art Exchange
309 West Martin Street
​Raleigh, NC 27601
January 4 - 24, 2013
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