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Flint Magazine

I’m thrilled to see a preview of a selection of my Milk Moon series which will be included in the premier issue of Flint Magazine, an unbound multimedia journal. My work was curated into the publication by the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. Available as an edition of 200, Winter 2018.

So pleased to be showing my newest work in this beautiful show! Opening October 21st, 5pm – 8pmhereafter_card_instagram

EXHIBITION :: FILTER FESTIVAL BOOK EXHIBITION – Harrington College of Design, Chicago, IL & Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

I am so excited to have my artist book, Mommy Cooks Diner, 2014, selected by juror and curator Gregory Harris, from the DePaul Art Museum.

Harrington College of Design | 200 W. Madison St.
September 5th – September 30th, 2014
Juror’s Reception: Wednesday, September 24 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Juror’s Talk at 6:30 pm
Madison Public Library | 201 W. Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703

October 13th – October 27th, 2014





EXHIBITION :: PRAM ENDEAVOR INVITATIONAL : Hyde Park Art Center & Governors State University

I am so pleased to have work included in Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite‘s beautiful PRAM ENDEAVOR exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, and traveling to Governors State University Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL  — May 11-June 1, 2014 Governors State University, University Park, IL — June 16 – August 16, 2014  — Artists’ Reception: Saturday June 28 from 3 to 5 p.m


EXHIBITION :: NIGHT WITHOUT SLEEP : new work by Jessica Bardsley, Gwynne Johnson, and Ashley Thomas

Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milawaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL

October 18th, 2013 – December 1st, 2013

“… a shadow is a simultaneous memory…”

“From the outset, perception belongs to recollection.”

Night Without Sleep presents a world drawn in shadows, revealing the contours of our guiding drives, passionate attachments, and forgotten remains. Gwynne Johnson’s photographs and objects reveal the unconscious of domestic life through the rhythms of celestial and corporal bodies. Ashley Thomas’s noir-palette drawings and collages depict the objects of her fixation larger than life or swimming in darkness, while Jessica Bardsley’s constellation of archival film and photographs activates historical residue to trace the ocean’s haunted past. The artists of Night Without Sleep remake common objects and archival materials according to their memories, perceptions, and desires, illuminating the periphery of the visible, or quietly revealing what goes unseen by day.



So pleased that two photographs from This Doubtful Paradise have been selected by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography to be a part of Filter Photo Festival’s exhibition.   Exhibition Dates: September 19th – October 6th Opening Reception: Thursday September 26 Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm Location: David Weinberg Photography | 300 W Superior St #203



Chicago Tribune “Pick of the week” (7/18/13)

Thrilled to have Schneider Gallery, Chicago, show my series This Doubtful Paradise at the Art Museo, The InterContinental O’Hare Chicago.

5300 N. River Road, Rosemount, Chicago July 17th – October 10th, 2013
 1Chicago Tribune Clip 7.18.13 - Art Museo, This Doubtful Paradise, Pick of the Week











1515 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago April 26 – June 2, 2013



Pleased to be included in this great photography blog from Germany. Click here.


WEB :: FRACTION MAGAZINE, featuring This Doubtful Paradise

See the issue here.


EXHIBITION :: EXCHANGE, February 23-March 16, 2013

I’m thrilled to be a part of CAC’s Detroit/Chicago Exchange exhibition. CAVE, Russell Industrial Center, Building 4, Floor 3, 1600 Clay Street, Detroit, MI, 48211 Opening Reception: February 23, 2012, CAVE, 6-9pm; Public Pool, 7-10pm


EXHIBITION :: The Third Show @ The Office Gallery

37 S. Wabash, 8th fl, ChicagoJanuary 21 – March 22, 2013



I’m very pleased to have been selected by Lisa Dorin, curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, to represent the Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s BOLT Residency at the upcoming International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art & Design.

September 20-23, 2012

Navy Pier, Booth #721


EXHIBITION :: HOUSE : HOME – NYU, NY, Reception July 18th

I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful group exhibition curated by Laura K. Higgins & Pamela Jean Tinnen.

House: Home brings together installation, photography, video, mixed media, painting and sculpture that tread the boundary between the type of domestic structure and those experiences that transform it into a home.

June 28th, 2012 – August 10, 2012

Kimmel Galleries

60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Press release here.
















Three photographs from THIS DOUBTFUL PARADISE will be shown in Belfast as part of the OPEN NOW exhibition curated by Donovan Wylie. The exhibition will move May 23rd to the Photographer’s Gallery in Dublin.


REVIEW :: PHOTOGRAPH magazine reviews This Doubtful Paradise.



I am so grateful for Karen Greenwalt’s insightful review of This Doubtful Paradise, which you can read here.


PRESS :: THIS DOUBTFUL PARADISE — Time Out’s Critic’s Pick!






















BLOG :: Thank you to the outstanding photography blog for featuring my work!

























Tomorrow night, January 20 @ 6:00 pm

Here’s a press release from the Association of International Photography Art Dealers.


Curated by Daniel Bauer

January 12, 2012 – February 18, 2012

Andrea Meislin Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition curated by Daniel Bauer. Including work by Steve Daly, Jose Ferreira, Gwynne Johnson, Susan Morelock, Kristin Nason, Anna Shteynshleyger, Rob Swainston and Learning Ross.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12, 6 – 8 p.m.

Andrea Meislin Gallery 526 West 26th Street, Suite 214 New York, NY 10001 Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm






















November 4 – December 2, 2011

Opening November 4th from 6-9pm

Chicago Artists’ Coalition (CAC), 217 North Carpenter Street

Aftermath refers to what is left behind after an event, especially a destructive event, or an extinction. The artists in this exhibition work with ideas of organic life, nature, place, the body, and ritual. Some of the work in this exhibition explores the relationship between people and nature, and between what it means to be human and what it means to be an animal. Others may relate to ritual and the body, to our physicality and our animal nature, suggesting that we are perhaps not so far removed from our animal origins as we often suppose, as attested to by recurrent myths of lycanthropy (werewolves), and true stories of feral children.

Participating artists include Melika Bass, Sarah Belknap + Joseph Belknap, Gwynne Johnson, Jenny Kendler, Homa Shoajaie and Amber Hawk Swanson.


Press for PREVIEW

Time Out Chicago Critic’s Pick…

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be moving into a new studio for a year at the Bolt Residency!

See below

“CAC is thrilled to announce our 2011-2012 Bolt Resident Artists: Melika Bass, Joseph and Sarah Belknap, Marty Burns, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite, Gwynne Johnson, Jenny Kendler, Homa Shojaie, Amber Hawk Swanson, Eric Wall, and Stacia Yeapanis . Beginning June 15, Bolt Resident’s will move into their new studios at 217 North Carpenter, downstairs from CAC’s exhibition space and offices. This dynamic group will have ongoing access to working studio space, one-on-one monthly studio visits and workshops from key cultural leaders in the arts, ongoing professional development and participation in CAC’s monthly exhibition programming, with its inaugural exhibition opening Friday, August 19th. Bolt Residency is a highly competitive and juried artist program housed in the former FLATFILEgalleries, an 8,000 square foot space in the vibrant, art-centric West Loop neighborhood. Bolt Residency is a one-year artist residency program consisting of nine subsidized studios and professional exhibition space with daily, ongoing professional development programming and support from CAC staff.”


Sullivan Galleries & 22-28 S. Wabash Ave., April 30–May 20 Reception: Friday, April 29, 8:00–10:00 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Monday, May 2, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

“A must-see presentation of the next generation of artists and designers, this exhibition features work by more than 130 students—SAIC’s largest graduating class to date. New this year, guest curators Juan William Chávez, Jessica Cochran, Bryce Dwyer, and Gregory Harris transform the galleries into a series of shows-within-a-show. These thematic sections unfold throughout the space in a sequence of visual encounters and unconventional experiences.” 



I am excited to announce that I have two photographs in an upcoming show curated by Lily Mayfield. Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Portraits by Women Photographers February 28th – April 1st Northern Trust Bank 50 South LaSalle Street, 1st Floor Main Lobby Chicago, IL 60603


EXHIBITION :: CALL & RESPONSE – exhibition/opening

Opening reception: Feb. 1st, 4pm – 6pm

Gallery X, 280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago

Feb. 1st – 17th

Call and Response is an ongoing, non-verbal collaboration between Gwynne Johnson and Kristin Nason. Referencing a musical call and response cycle this durational assemblage will expand over the course of the exhibition as the artists alternate daily in adding an object to the growing network of materials.

Exploring the potential of objects to act as mediators between individuals, this project addresses the dynamic nature of interpersonal relationships and efforts of communication.