An artist and educator for over thirty years, Ms. Johnson founded Art Works Now with a vision of increasing accessibility to visual arts education across economic and ability spectrums. She is a passionate advocate for social justice who sees access to visual art education as an important civil rights issue facing Americans today.
A working artist whose paintings have been exhibited internationally, Barbara has taught at colleges around the country, most notably The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, and The University of Texas. In addition to her work as an educator, Ms. Johnson brings several years experience in management, marketing, and merchandising in the art supply retail industry.
Her family has been in the Washington metropolitan area for seven generations and she is delighted to have returned home to Prince George’s County at such a positive time in the County’s growth.
Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Wyoming and an undergraduate Art degree from The University of Maryland. She is a candidate for the Master’s Art Education degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 Ms. Johnson received the Outstanding Scholar Award from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania for her work advancing art education nationally through her publication efforts and national speaking engagements.
In 2012 her article Out or In…Which is it?” The Question of Coming Out in the Heteronormative and Homophobic World of Education was published in the Journal of Art for Life published by Florida State University.
Barbara is a joyful and enthusiastic educator who firmly believes that art works.
Krista Schlyer is a conservation photographer and writer living in the Washington DC area. She is a senior fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, whose work has been published by BBC, The Nature Conservancy, High Country News, The National Geographic Society and Audubon. Schlyer is the author of two previous books including Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography and the 2015 Vision Award, from the North American Nature Photographers Association.
Nehemiah Dixon III adds his voice and experience to the Art Works Environmental Public Art Project team advocating for social justice through his artwork, community involvement and teaching. As a native of Washington D.C. he believes that art should be experienced through any means necessary which drives him to create art for public places.
Nehemiah received his B.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since incubated his passion for arts management, curating and teaching in the Arts District. He continues to form partnerships with local and national artists to increase public awareness and support for arts residencies and programming.
Nehemiah has previously worked as an art handler and installer in several Smithsonian Museums throughout the metropolitan area. He has exhibited at The Prince George’s African American History Museum, Art Works Now, Pass Gallery, The Phillips Collection, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art, The Sumner Museum and the Washington D.C. Superior Court.