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Studio artist, writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson is curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.
His weblog, Extreme Craft, is a “Compendium of Art Masquerading as Craft, Craft Masquerading as Art, and Craft Extending its Middle Finger.” His first book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse was published by Quarry in November 2009. He has also contributed to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new book Nation Building. Johnson recently served as a Director-at-Large on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He is leading a task force for a publication that will anthologize contributions to the NCECA Journal for their 50th Anniversary in 2016. For more information visit: www.theothergarth.com.
B.F.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997
M.F.A. Alfred University, 2000