Artist brings Chinese experience to campus

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 10, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Visiting artist Leah Schreiber Johnson explores the gap between day-to-day experiences and cultural truths using processes inspired by a recent trip to Wuhan, China, in her show, “Lù ǀ Way,” presented at Bloomsburg University.

The show will be held at Haas Gallery of Art, located on the second floor of Haas Center for the Arts, and will run from Wednesday, Feb. 11, to Thursday, March 12. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Haas Gallery of Art is closed on Sundays.

The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an artist lecture at 1:15 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

Johnson creates her art using printmaking, collage, pigments, ink and other combined elements. Inspired by China’s rich texture, patterns and ornamental designs, she began working with pigment, ink and water on traditional Chinese calligraphy paper, pouring water and ink onto sidewalks and using the paper to collect the ink and dust. In this way, Johnson’s work acts as an inscription of China’s culture and the experiences offered there. 

An associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Johnson was named Milwaukee Artist Resource Network Protégé in 2010. Her awards include the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Award, the UWM Academic Staff Professional Development Award and the Mobile Learning Grant. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Budapest, Hungary. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in visual art from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in studio art from UWM.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.