Madison-based artist Angela Johnson was our first semester (virtual) artist-in-residence, which her residency carried over into third quarter working exclusively with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Honors Humanities class. In this virtual art exhibition you’ll see works that she has been working on from 2021 to 2022 as well as a snapshot of her visit to Sheboygan North High. This exhibition runs from March 21 through June 10, 2022.
This body of work was inspired by my interest in nature, balance and telling stories through individual and collective memories through the idea of legacy. Through my virtual Artist in Residency here at North High School, I have been working with Mr. Stauber-Soik’s Senior, Honors Humanities Class since October of 2021. From class discussions about the birth of civilization, to discussions from Gilgamesh to Opedius Rex and modern day communities the conversation of legacy has been ongoing.
- What do we leave behind, both intentionally and unintentionally as communities and individuals?
- What do we value?
- How do we want to be remembered?
- Artist Angela Johnson
I have created a series of Artist books and small installation environments with these questions in mind. As we travel through our lives, what themes show up as recurrence?
What do you look to as your lifeboat? Does it change over time?
What does “internal” look like to you?
How do you weave a meaningful life together?
Through my personal lens, I am exploring literal and figurative connections we have to those who came before us, the natural world and each other.
About Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson is a professional artist, creativity coach and educator based in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned a master’s in Art Education, an MA in Art and an MFA with a focus in photography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Angela is a fixture in the Wisconsin arts scene, with 20+ years of experience maintaining public art studios, teaching workshops, facilitating programs, leading public art installations, and lecturing at universities. She has worked in museums, elementary schools, senior centers, colleges, and universities. She has inspired and helped people of every age — from toddlers to 95-year-olds — reaching far into the depths of their imagination to discover and channel their creativity. She also teaches workshops on mindfulness and yoga.
About the Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program
The Sheboygan North High School Artist in Residence (NHS AiR) Program started in the fall of 2014. Artists have collaborated with North High staff and students through various ways by implementing their love for art into other content areas. Art involves a variety of skills ranging from critical thinking to production, communication to responding, problem-solving to developing an artistic voice. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to offer a) in-person or b) virtual artist-in-residencies ranging from 9 weeks to 18 weeks.
The goals of the NHS Artist-in-Residence Program are:
- expand the experience of student in the field of the arts,
- foster creativity,
- enrich education through art education,
- provide staff with new ideas and art-driven strategies.