Visiting Artist: Indira Johnson

Indira Freitas Johnson (born 1943) is an artist and educator. Johnson was born and raised in Mumbai, India and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Mumbai in 1964, and a four-year diploma in Applied Arts from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art. In 1965, Johnson was awarded a grant to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a Master of Fine Arts in 1967. Johnson was invited to teach graduate level classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Ceramic Sculpture in 1998 and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Public Art in 2001. Johnson is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Governor’s Award for the Arts, Kohler Company Arts and Industry Grant, Arts ConText, Rhode Island School of Design Museum and the Pew Charitable Trust, Arts International Traveling Fellowship, Raven Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council.

Johnson’s work is represented in numerous major public and private collections including: Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; Asian American Arts Centre, New York; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama; State of Illinois Building, Chicago; Ankor Consultants, Brussels; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Arkansas Arts Center and Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock; University of Illinois Law School, Carbondale; SHARE, Mumbai India; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Air India Corporation, Mumbai, India; Kohler Company, Sheboygan WI; and Garden/Varelli in Mumbai, India.