Thursday, July 11, 2019

5pts Art Gallery & Studios – This is America
5 Points Art Gallery & Studios’ 4th art show, is a consciously curated group exhibition coinciding with the United States’ Independence Day with visual artworks by 17 artists from traditionally overlooked vantage points, responding to the patriotism and nationalism the holiday was constructed to imbue.

This Is America is meant to both corroborate and challenge the notion of Americanism, citizenship and belonging, racial representation, historical and cultural influence, religious freedom, national and global amnesty, and pride in iconography associated with the red, white and blue, stars and stripes. With a breadth of work reflecting upon current and historical concepts and lived experiences, viewers are posed to find commonality or grapple with divergent perspectives tied to their nationalistic, political, and racial identities.

This Is America exhibiting artists are Wisconsin-based, national, and international and works are equally diverse, including but not limited to paintings, drawings, collages, textiles/fiber art, mixed media compositions, photography, audio visual, sculptures, and conceptual installations.

Featured Artists are: Alain Cabrera (Havana, Cuba), Charly Palmer (Atlanta, GA), David Najib Kasir (Milwaukee, WI), Della Wells (Milwaukee, WI), Erik Salgado (Chicago, IL), Evelyn Patricia Terry (Milwaukee, WI), Fatima Laster (Milwaukee, WI), George Williams Jr. (Beloit, WI), Kierston Ghaznavi (Milwaukee, WI), Marvin Tate (Chicago, IL), Mutope J. Johnson (Milwaukee, WI), Portia Cobb (Milwaukee, WI), Rhonda Gatlin-Hayes (Milwaukee, WI), Ruthie Joy (Milwaukee, WI), Sonji Hunt (Milwaukee, WI), Spencer Hutchinson (Chicago, IL), and Xavier Lightfoot (Milwaukee, WI).


1 of 3 Featured paintings: A Soldier's Tale • Acrylic on canvas • 30"H x 24"W



Juneteenth Commemorative Poster • 16Wx20H
Juneteenth Day, Commemorative Poster • 16Wx20H
Var West Gallery – The Influencer Exhibition

 The exhibit delivers a multitude of disciplines, objects and aesthetics, as well as artistic backgrounds, histories, and identities. With so many prominent artistic voices in one room, MKE Influencers validates the robust and diverse art scene that stretches beyond the southeastern Wisconsin region.

Exhibiting artists are Reggie Baylor, Brent Budsberg, Ray Chi, Kyoung Ae Cho, Santiago Cucullu, Michael Davidson, Melissa Dorn, Paul Druecke, Richard Galling, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Michelle Grabner, Jon Horvath, Niki Johnson, Mutope J. Johnson, Frank Juarez, David Najib Kasir, Greg Klassen, kathryn e. martin, Colin Matthes, Shane McAdams, Shana McCaw, Kevin Miyazaki, Joseph Mougel, Keith Nelson, Stacey Williams Ng, Rosemary Ollison, Will Pergl, Nirmal Raja, Tia Richardson, John Riepenhoff, Jill Sebastian, Ariana Vaeth, Leslie Vansen, Shane Walsh, Della Wells, Chris Willey, Jason S. Yi, and Rina Yoon.

You Wanna Steal My Blues Huh, John Lee Hooker • Acrylic on Illustration board • 24"H x 20"W

Friday, March 9, 2018

Giving Gallery: Community in Process

Our community. Our stories. Our unlimited potential.

This is the story of a community renewed. It’s about the people who stand up, dust off, tune in and engage every day to make sure that everyone gets a chance at a brighter future. It’s a visual reminder of where we’ve been and where we’re going. When we unite, we create possibilities for others and ourselves. Please join us. We hope you like the art. We hope you learn something new. We hope you’re inspired to help us continue the story together.

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                     NML Foundation Giving Gallery Giving Gallery Video

Monday, January 4, 2016

Chipstone Foundation – The Dave Project
Currently on View at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Through collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation curatorial staff, Jon Prown, Executive Director/Chief Curator and Sarah Carter, Curator/Director of Research Milwaukee-based visual artist Mutope J. Johnson, helps to re-imagine the history of African-American material culture and design history. As part of the reinstallation of the Milwaukee Art Museum, which opened to the public on November 24, 2015. 

David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter” was a highly talented and historically significant ceramic artisan (ca.1800-1870s). Dave’s story and craftsmanship inspired The Dave Project Gallery, which celebrates the lives and work of historic African-American artisans and makers.

The Chipstone Foundation curatorial staff states; “Milwaukee-based artist Mutope J. Johnson created the eight paintings featured in The Dave Project Gallery. Each image is based on careful research and Johnson’s own creative response to the objects. His paintings enrich the stories we are able to tell about these artisans by visualizing the worlds these objects once inhabited.” Chipstone Foundation Milwaukee Art Museum

The Dave Project • Series of eight paintings • Watercolor on Paper

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Justified Art • Overture Center Gallery #1
Madison, Wisconsin – March 10, thru May 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1st | 6-8pm during Gallery Night
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JustifiedAngerDiscussion

Justified Art! is a platform for visual artists to participate in the conversation inspired by "Justified Anger", a Cap Times essay by Rev. Alex Gee detailing his personal experience with racial profiling and discrimination as an African American living in the Madison area. 

Featured painting: Mikal Pruitt, Bronzeville Poet Series • Oil on canvas • 36"H x 60"W

Sunday, March 9, 2014

UWM Peck School of the Arts • Spring MA/MFA Exhibition #1

March 7 thru 28, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7th | 5-7pm
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, March 11th | 4pm

M.A. Degree: Chadwick | Neil Subel | Janelle Vanderkelen
M.F.A. Degree: Mutope J. Johnson | Matthew Warren Lee | Julie Rogers


 ©2014 The Bronzeville Poets Series

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Blanche Brown • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Eric Jefferson • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Carmen Mugaria • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Jeff Winke • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Mikal Pruitt • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W

The Bronzeville Poets Series | Tiffany Miller • Oil on Canvas • 36"H x 60"W





Thursday, August 29, 2013

Occasional Art Speak

Once in a while more or less you'll receive some Occasional Art Speak, regarding art related musings and exhibitions. Since I don't own a soapbox don't look for me to stand on one. However, don't stand too close... I will be spittin'.

Some of My Art

The Rock Island Series

A fictional art series that was created to reflect the lives of early jazz musicians who spent much their professional lives on the road. Traveling to and from gigs mainly by bus or train. Reflecting the good times and the bad times, the obstacles they faced, the love they gained and sometimes lost. But more importantly meeting people from different walks of life, in big cities and small towns who just loved it when they played America’s music ... “Jazz.”

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Road Trip 1 • Watercolor

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Road Trip 2 • Watercolor

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Uptown Train • Watercolor

Jazz Road Trip Series

Jazz Road Trip Series
Rock Island Series Triptych • Mixed Media
America’s Only True Art Form

A visual buffet of work that draws upon the power of artists and our cultural modernity. But specifically America’s own music, Blues, Jazz and Hip Hop. African Americans have always been at the forefront of creating America's only true art forms, the most popular music genres of modern times. Putting the "J" in Jazz and “Hip” in Hip Hop music. The very fact that Africa from which most of our ancestors came, has influenced the way music is made and can be heard in African American music of the past and present. Johnson states that "this reason alone supports why I paint." The rhythmic spoken word and the hypnotic beats, created by some of the most talented African American producers, song writers, poets, musicians and performers today, has had a lasting influence on creative people world wide.

Blues Series

Blues Series
Living with the Blues • Watercolor

Blues Series

Blues Series
Ma Rainey • Watercolor

Blues Series

Blues Series
The Gospel of John • Watercolor

Blues Series

Blues Series
The Stoop • Watercolor

Blues Series

Blues Series
Blue Holiday • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Coltrane @ 4am • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Dude Indigo • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Mood Indigo • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
HipknowsUs • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Downgrade Ahead • Watercolor

Jazz Series

Jazz Series
Monk plays the jook joint • Watercolor

Hip Hop Series

Hip Hop Series
Only God Can Judge Me • Watercolor

Hip Hop Series

Hip Hop Series
Rap In Peace • Watercolor

Visual Artists Series

Visual Artists Series
Tribute to Jean Michel Basquiat • Watercolor

Visual Artists Series

Visual Artists Series
Tribute to Jacob Lawrence • Watercolor

Visual Artists Series

Visual Artists Series
Tribute to Romare Bearden • Watercolor

Literary Artists Series

Literary Artists Series
James Baldwin, Fire Next Time • Watercolor

Literary Artists Series

Literary Artists Series
August Wilson / Fences • Watercolor

Literary Artists Series

Literary Artists Series
Amiri Baraka, Indigopeopleology • Watercolor