Mutópe J. Johnson headshot

Mutópe J. Johnson received his MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts Department of Art & Design. Johnson also earned a BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Arts and Communications Department. Mutópe’s recent accomplishments include being selected one of four University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 Inclusive Excellence Program Scholars, a distinguished 2013–2014 Imagining America P.A.G.E. Scholar (Publicly Active Graduate in Education) and a 2014 Dedalus Foundation Award-Nominee. Johnson’s’ visual art has been included in exhibitions at the Overture Center Fine Arts Gallery Madison, WI, the Charles Allis Fine Arts Museum, Northern Kentucky University Fine Arts Gallery, the Charles A. Wustum Fine Arts Museum, Racine WI, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Juxtaposition Gallery Minneapolis, MN, Susan Woodson’s Gallery Chicago, Ill, and many others. Mutópe’s professional background and broad range of experiences have included positions at large and small graphic design companies, advertising agencies and marketing communications firms. Johnson served in positions such as Chief Creative Officer, Global Marketing Brands Manager, Creative Director and Art Director while concurrently painting for more than 15 years as a professional visual artist. Mutópe was co-founder of the former Strive Media Institute, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit training ground for teens in TV, communications and journalism. Johnson’s current research and visual arts practice has led him to consider his role as an artist and how the arts can help shape the current state of African-American culture and its rich history. More importantly how the arts have enriched all of our lives. Johnson states; “This becomes my own personal way of establishing a working method that uses the power of the arts to help influence public opinion. As artists we can open up new avenues of critical thinking that serve as creative strategies that help to inform and educate others through the visual arts.”