River Falls, Wisconsin
Randy Johnston is recognized internationally as an artist who, for 45 years, has pursued functional expression and brought a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form, and for his many contributions to the development of wood-kiln technology in the United States. He is professor and department chair emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where he taught ceramics and drawing. Johnston received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota as a student of Warren MacKenzie. Johnston also studied in Japan. He is the recipient of numerous awards including two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has given hundreds of lectures and presentations, and has work in permanent collections worldwide, including the V & A, London; mia; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Los Angeles County Museum; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.