Luther graduate's conceptual small works on display

A selection of conceptual small works of art, "a res cogitans," created by Todd Johnson, Luther College graduate from the class of 1985, will be showcased beginning Friday, Oct. 12 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center For the Arts on Luther campus. 

The art, on display through Nov. 15, is sponsored by Luther's art department and includes conceptual small works.

The show's title, "a res cogitans," is Latin for "a thinking thing." As a middle school art teacher, Johnson's workday involves sharing the images and ideas of highly regarded artists with his students. This daily digest informs Johnson's own art practice through reflecting the thoughts of other artists and critics in his own work.

"In the end, I want my work to honestly and cogently represent me, however flawed; I want my art to be a thinking thing," Johnson said.

Johnson received the bachelor's degree from Luther and the Master of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University.

He currently serves as an instructor at the Webb School of Knoxville. Johnson has also been an instructor at the University of Tennessee and the University of Notre Dame, and was a visiting artist at The Ohio State University. He also served as an assistant professor at Luther in 1990-91.

Johnson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Art Educator Institute. He also traveled to Japan as part of the Fulbright Memorial Fund.