Leasho Johnson

PTDW Grad Noontime Lecture Series
Monday, October 28, 12:15 p.m.1:00 p.m.

280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 319



Leasho Johnson is currently enrolled at the School of art institute Chicago (SAIC) where he was granted a merit based scholarship presented to him to pursue his MFA for the next 2 years. His recent exhibitions include "Resisting paradise" a group show that was Puerto Rico and soon to be at the Darling Foundation in Montreál Canada,  “We have Met before” presented by the National Gallery of Jamaica in collaboration with the British Council. He also did he debut solo show titled ‘Belasario & the Soundboy’ in 2017. In 2016 he was a part of the ‘Jamaican Pulse’ exhibit at the Royal West England Academy (Bristol,UK), then  ‘Jamaican Routes’ at the Punkt Ø Galleri F15 and Momentum (Moss, Norway) that same year ‘FLOAT’ Transformer (Washington, DC) 2014, The National Biennial at the  National Gallery of Jamaica (Kingston, Jamaica) and ‘Masculinities IV.’ He was recently awarded the Davidoff Initiative Artist Residency at Residencies Unlimited (New York) in 2016 and recently completed residencies at Bluecoat (Liverpool) in partnership with NLS and RWA, as well as Caribbean Link, Atelier’s 89 (Oragestad, Aruba). He has been an invited panelist for The Caribbean Queer Visualities Symposium at Yale University presented by Small Axe (Connecticut), as well as for Transformer’s Framework panel at Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, DC) both in 2014. His work has been reviewed in the Washington Post, Caribbean Beat, ARC Magazine and the Jamaica Observer. Johnson received his BFA in Visual communication & graphic design from the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing arts in 2009.


Image Details:

Death of the sound boy (detail, Pública, Puerto Rico), Varied Dimensions, Yeast paste, digital print on bond paper, ragged wall, 2019