Prairies and The North - Sarah Anne Johnson
The Sobey Art Award is Canada's pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art. The annual prize is given to an artist under age 40, who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.
Sarah Anne Johnson lives and works in Winnipeg. While her work is primarily photo-based, she also employs a full range of media including painting, sculpture and performance where she addresses issues that are environmental, social and personal. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2004 and her BFA form the University of Manitoba School of Art in 2002. Sarah Anne Johnson has participated in a number of residencies, among them the Emily Carr School of Art, an artist-led residence in Norway and at the Banff Centre of the Arts where she led a six-week long residency. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the US, England, France, China and Australia. A large survey exhibition of her work is currently at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. In April 2015 she will be unveiling a commissioned 144 foot photographic mural at the Harbour Castle Convention Centre in Toronto. Her work is in major public collections including The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC and the Guggenheim Museum, NY.
The Art of Sarah Anne Johnson