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Richard Johnson

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

Richard earned his MFA in sculpture from the University of Iowa and resides in Jerome, Arizona (population 444). There was a time in Je- rome when it was not uncommon to see a parade of children head- ing down the streets in cardboard masks, body suits and large sculp- tures created by his students in the Jerome Kids’ Art Workshop, a program which he founded in 1990 and continues today.
In 1987 Richard received a Fulbright Fellowship for independent re- search into masking societies and masked rituals in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where he spent 10 ½ months, traveling, photographing and creating bronze sculptures. Richard’s residencies are beneficial to teachers as well as students. The students discover that universal symbols exist in color, form and design which transcend spoken lan- guage. While working on individual or collaborative projects, choic- es are made in form and color to express their own personalities or some message. The masks and sculptures do not hide one’s identity, but rather reveal individuality and purpose.
Richard is available for short-term projects, one or two-week artist in residence, teachers’ workshops, slide shows and DVD presenta- tions.
Most of the tools and materials needed are in use in most schools and community centers: scissors, staplers, pencils, paper, erasers, cardboard or poster-board, tempera paint or colored markers. Rich- ard has seven different project descriptions with photographs of the students art projects in pdf format, which

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