Jaleesa Johnston is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest. She has exhibited her work in cities along the west coast, including San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, and she currently facilitates workshops and classes in new media and performance art.      


Education

2016    MFA in Studio Art, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2011    BA in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Studio Art, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 


Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2019    Forthcoming: New Media Fellowship Exhibition, Open Signal, Portland, OR (May)

2018    “Encounters,” Indivisible, Portland, OR

2017    “Territories of (E/e)nlightenment,” c3:initiative, Portland, OR

2016    “Sound Beings,” Residence/SF, San Francisco, CA

2015    “Body Spaces,” Paul Sack Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019    “Alembic Artists Showcase,” Performance Works NW, Portland, OR

2018    “Iteration Two: Earth,” The Tiny Theater PDX, Portland, OR

            “Charcoal,” 101 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA

“Intersections and Missed Connections,” Open Signal, Portland, OR

“Spaceness,” Sou’Wester Lodge, Seaview, WA

            “Night Lights,” Portland, OR

“Radiate,” Portland Winter Light Festival at Open Signal, Portland, OR

“Untitled Art Fair,” in collaboration with Collective Action Studio, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

“Peace Movements Culmination,” in collaboration with Collective Action Studio, 41 Ross, San Francisco, CA

2017   “Interchange,” Indivisible, Portland, OR

“Obscuring the Ambient, Concealing the Encompassing,” Holt Gallery & the Commons, Pacific Northwest College or Art, Portland, OR

“Open Call Guerrilla Outdoor Performance Festival,” South Park Block, Portland, OR

“Etat de Siege,” Disjecta, Portland, OR

2016    “SFAI Graduate Exhibition,” Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA

            “The Artist’s Body,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            “SPIRIT Zine Release Party,” Qulture Collective, Oakland, CA

            “Whose Story? Whose Glory?,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015    “IN/TENSION,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014    “Spicy Hazard,” Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA

2013    “Fresh Art Exhibition,” Marin Society of Artists, Greenbrae, CA

2011    “Vassar Senior Art Exhibition,” Poughkeepsie, NY

            “Masters on Main Street,” Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY


Awards, Grants & Fellowships

2018    New Media Fellowship, Open Signal  

2016-2017  AICAD Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Pacific Northwest College of Art

2016    Outstanding Graduate Student Award, San Francisco Art Institute

2014-2016  San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship

2013    Second Place Award for the photo “Books” in the Fresh Art Exhibit

            Behrouz Mirdadian Scholarship in the Arts, College of Marin

2011    Lewis Rubenstein Prize in Painting, Vassar College

2010   Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Fellowship, University of North      Carolina


Residencies

2018-2019      Alembic Resident Artist Program, Performance Works NW, Portland, OR

2018                The Emerging Artist Residency, Centrum, Port Townsend, WA

2017-2018      Future Forum, Open Signal, Portland, OR


Prof. Experience

2019   Forthcoming: New Media Summit Presentation, Portland, OR (August)

Assistant Professor in Foundation and Photography, PNCA, Portland, OR

2018   Visiting Artist Lecture: “Material/Body”, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Summer Academy Art Instructor for “Speaking in Lines: Experiments in Drawing”, Next Generation Scholars, San Rafael, CA  

Workshop facilitator for “Fragments from the (W)hole”, the first and the last, Portland, OR

Assistant Professor in Foundation and Photography, PNCA, Portland, OR

2017   Focus Week Artist Talk: “Between Contact: Visuals of Whiteness”, PNCA, Portland, OR

Assistant Professor in Foundation and Photography, PNCA, Portland, OR

AICAD Search Committee, PNCA, Portland, OR

           AICAD Artist Talk, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2016  Assistant Professor in Foundation and Photography, PNCA, Portland, OR

Summer Academy Art Instructor for “Sliced: Collage and Montage Art”, Next Generation Scholars, San Rafael, CA

Photography Teaching Assistant for Elizabeth Bernstein, SFAI, San Francisco, CA

2015  Critical Theory B Teaching Assistant for Robin Balliger, SFAI, San Francisco, CA

Summer Academy Art Instructor for “Under Construction: Explorations in Performance Art”, Next Generation Scholars, San Rafael, CA

Workshop Facilitator for “The Radical in Performing Acts of Self-Love,” the 30th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 

2013-2014  Photography Teaching Assistant for Polly Steinmetz, College of Marin, Greenbrae, CA  


Publication & Interviews

2018   “Rise and Fall with Jaleesa Johnston” interview by Joni Witworth on Future Prairie Radio

“Fragmentation in Motion: An Interview with Jaleesa Johnston” by Hannah Krafcik, Oregon Artswatch (orartswatch.org)

“Living with Whiteness…” by Melanie Stevens, Nat Turner Project: Testimony book publication

“Interview” with Felicity Fenton on Freeform Portland Radio

2017   “Living with Whiteness: On Jaleesa Johnston’s Territories of (E/e)nlightenment” by Melanie Stevens, Nat Turner Project (natturnerproject.tumblr.com)