Our Executive Director

Barbara Johnson

Barbara is a working artist whose paintings have been exhibited internationally. She is a joyful and enthusiastic teacher whose love for her subject is only surpassed by her admiration for her students. Barbara is in sync with young people, their music, art and technology: she is also a passionate advocate for social justice and the rights of all living beings.

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; most recently Barbara taught in the Art Department at her alma mater, Elizabeth Seton High School, in Bladensburg, MD.

Barbara’s family has lived in the Washington metropolitan area for seven generations. She is delighted to return to her hometown of Mt Rainier, Maryland with the opening of our new studio space on Rhode Island Avenue. She considers herself a student of many things from Buddhist philosophy to nutrition and alternative medicine and she is a total believer in the notion that art works.

Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Wyoming and an undergraduate Art degree from The University of Maryland. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where she is studying under the mentorship of renowned art educator and author, Dr. Marilyn Stewart.