BIO

After spending a 12 year hiatus from painting and the Art world, Rick Johns resumed painting in the fall of 2010. During that period much of his “free” time was spent designing and building boats. It brought together his woodworking skills and his design sensibilities to create functional forms that innately possessed and elicited a strong sense of beauty. That distance from the Art world has allowed him to shed theory and academia and create work that is grounded, personal and honest. A painting is a result of a process, not unlike anything made from raw materials, and is complete when a similar sense of beauty or “rightness” is felt.

 He lives in Vermillion where he is a craftsman who still designs and builds a multitude of projects from custom remodeling to site specific woodworking projects to a straw bale house. This aspect of his life has had the greatest influence on his recent painting. It is from the countless marks, notes and sketches involved in a building project to the uncovering and discovery of beauty in something that is being dismantled that is most directly inspiring his work. These remnants possess value because they have a genuine freshness and honesty. His paintings, as a result, aim to possess similar qualities and elicit an intrinsic sense of wholeness.

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EDUCATION

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.

·         Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1994

·         Graduate work in gallery management, 1989-90

·         Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, 1986

EXHIBITIONS

2015:    The Abstract Show, Modern Arts Midtown Gallery, Omaha NE. Jan. 9 - Feb. 28

2014:    South Dakota Governors 6th Biennial Exhibit, Travelling, Sept. 30, 2014- Jan. 20, 2016.

  Washington Pavilion 2nd Juried Exhibition, Sioux Falls, SD, June 20 – Oct. 5.

  The Briar Cliff Review exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, April 19- May 18.

2013:   “Studio 301” group exhibit, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD, Oct. 26- Jan. 6.

             “Artcetera” group exhibit, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, April 27- July 28.

              “Arts Night” group exhibit, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD, Mar.1- May 1.

2012:    University of Sioux Falls solo exhibit, Sioux Falls, SD, Nov. 5- Dec. 5.

             “Paint a Picture” group exhibit, Ipso Gallery, Sioux Falls, SD, Nov. – Dec.

              Washington Pavilion 1st Juried Exhibition, Sioux Falls, SD, Sept. 14 – Dec. 2.

             “Treasure Box” group exhibit, Ipso Gallery, Sioux Falls, SD, Aug – Oct.

              5th Annual South Dakota Governors exhibition, Traveling, May 11, 2012 – June 9, 2013.

              Artists Choose Artists, group exhibit, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 21-April 22.

2011:    Faculty Exhibit, Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., Sept. 7-Oct. 10.

2010:  River, Mound, Prairie, Sky” group exhibit, Washington Street Art Center, Vermillion, S.D.       December.

2006:  Family Tree” invitational exhibit, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, Sept .6 -Nov. 12.

2001:    Faculty Biennial Exhibit, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, Oct. 24-Nov. 17.

              Local Perspectives 2001, juried exhibit, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, June 30-Sept. 23.

              Wayne State College, solo exhibit, Wayne, NE, January.

1999:  Two Brothers Two Mediums: Works by Rick and Ron Johns” Exhibit, USD Main Gallery, Vermillion, S.D., May.

              Coffee Shop Gallery, solo exhibit, Vermillion, S.D., October.

1998:    Gus Lucky’s Gallery, solo exhibit, Minneapolis, Minn., March.

              Blue Stem Restaurant, solo exhibit, Sioux City, Iowa, September-October.

              The Rourke Art Gallery, 39th Midwestern Exhibit, Moorhead, Minn., June 21-Sept. 20.

1997:    Gallery 72 Group Exhibition, Omaha, Neb., December.

              Pierce Street Coffee Works, solo exhibit, Sioux City, Iowa, September.

              Jonelit Gallery, solo exhibit, Rodgau, Germany, July.

              Art of Diversity III, national juried exhibition, An Art Place Inc. Gallery, Chicago, Jan.10-Feb. 7.

1996:    The Mode Gallery, solo exhibit, Waterloo, Wis., Oct. 5-Nov. 30.

              Sioux Falls Civic Fine Arts Center, Arts Night exhibit, Sioux Falls, S.D., March 8-April 13.

1995:    Common Wealth Gallery, solo exhibit, Madison, Wis., April 14-23.

              Art of Diversity, national juried exhibit, An Art Place Inc. Gallery, Chicago, Jan. 6-Feb. 3

1994:    Pierce Street Coffee Works, solo exhibit, Sioux City, Iowa, June.

              MFA Thesis Exhibit, University of South Dakota, March 27-April 10.

              Eight State Student Competition, Eastern Montana College, Billings, Mont., February.

1993:    Third Annual Salon Soiree, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, March.

              Wilber Stilwell Student Award Exhibit, University of South Dakota, March.

              Arts On Grand, solo exhibit, Spencer, Iowa, February.

1992:    Sioux Falls Civic Fine Arts Center, solo exhibit, Sioux Falls, S.D., Dec.-Jan. 1993.

              Second Annual Salon Soiree, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, March.

              Gallery 72 Group Exhibit, Omaha, Neb., March.

              Worthington Community College, solo exhibit, Worthington, Minn., January.

1991:    50th Annual Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, March.

              XVI Summer Arts Exhibit, University of South Dakota, July.

              Coffee Shop Gallery, solo exhibit, Vermillion, S.D., April.

1990:    First Annual Salon Soiree, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, March.

              Wilber Stilwell Student Exhibition, University of South Dakota.

1986:    BFA exhibit, University of South Dakota, May.

1985:    X Summer Arts Exhibit, USD, Vermillion SD, July

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Runner up, 6th Biennial Governors Art Exhibition, Travelling, Sept. 30, 2014- Jan. 20, 2016.

South Dakota Arts Council grant recipient, “Artist Career Development Grant”  2015 Fiscal Yr.

Honorable Mention, Washington Pavilion 1st Juried Exhibition, S.F., SD, Sept.14- Dec. 2, 2012.

Best of Show, Local Perspectives, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, June 30-Sept. 23, 2001.

South Dakota Arts Council grant recipient through the Vermillion Area Arts Council for mural in downtown Vermillion, SD, 2001

Purchase Award, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 1993.

Best of Show, Wilber Stilwell Student Exhibit, University of South Dakota, 1993.

Faculty Award, Wilber Stilwell Student Exhibit, University of South Dakota, 1990.

Louis Hanson Scholarship, University of South Dakota, 1986.

REPRESENTATION

            Modern Arts Midtown, Omaha NE.

MURALS AND OTHER WORK

Mural on Historic Fourth Street, collaboration with Paul Chelstad, Sioux City, Iowa, 2004.

Prairie Dog Quest Public Arts Project, participant, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 2002.

Mural in downtown Vermillion, South Dakota Arts Council grant recipient, 2001.

Dick Termes Mural Restoration Project, Community Coordinator/ Director, Vermillion, 1998.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Instructor, Wayne St. College, Wayne, Neb.

·         Introduction to the Visual Arts, 2011-12

Instructor, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.

·         Sculpture II: Intermediate Woodworking, 2007

·         Drawing I,2002

·         2–D Design I, 2000-2001

·         Art Appreciation, 1992-1993

 PUBLICATIONS             

              Briar Cliff Review,Volume 26, 2014

              Briar Cliff Review, Volume 10, Spring 1998, Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, Iowa.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

             Artists and Authors Series presentation, Vermillion public library, Vermillion, SD, Jan. 8, 2014

             Pecha Kucha Night, Sioux Falls Design Center, Sioux Falls, SD, Dec. 7, 2012

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

Scenic Director/Artist, Vermillion Community Theater, Vermillion, S.D., 2008, 2010.

Vermillion Area Arts Council board member, 1998-2001.

Gallery Assistant, University Art Galleries, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, 1985-1994.

Gallery Assistant, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989-1991.