Loni Johnson is a Visual Artist born and raised in Miami. The Miami Native graduated from the New World School of the Arts in 1998. She continued her Visual Arts studies at SUNY Purchase College in New York where she received her B.F.A. in 2003. Her artistic journey came full circle when Loni became an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts Department at New World. She was on the faculty at New World from 2006 to 2012. In 2012, she became the Prevention Coordinator of The A-List Company- a youth arts peer education program funded through Florida’s Department of Children and Families. Loni is also the Visual Arts Discipline Coordinator for the National YoungArts Organization. She has been with YoungArts since 2010.
Loni has had exhibits such as Art Africa during the 2011 Art Basel, “Slavery to Self-Determination”- an exhibit in honor of Black History Month at the University of Miami. On March 31, 2012, she was one of the featured artists at the 5th Annual Spoken Soul Festival that was in honor of National SWAN Day to support women in the Arts. In 2013 and 2014, she was one of the artists featured in Art Basel’s PRIZM Art Fair. She is currently collaborating with site-specific dancer/choreographer Hattie Mae Williams (founder of the dance company The Tattooed Ballerinas) on a performance/installation pieces throughout Miami. The piece entitled SNATCHED! premiered during Miami Light Projects’ Here and Now Festival in May 2015. She and HattieMae have continued to collaborate on various projects such as an exhibition during 2015’s Art Basel entitled What’s Inside Her Never Dies at Miami’s Yeelen Gallery and in January 2016 participated in FLIC FEST at The Irondale Theatre, Brooklyn.
Ms. Johnson is an artist, an educator, a mother, and an activist that understands that as artists, there is a cyclical obligation to give back and nurture our communities with her creative gift and it must be utilized to better our world.