Driven by concept, steeped in symbolism, my work delves into the shared histories of humans, as told by animals. Borrowing from
Native American, Aboriginal, Hindu, Buddhist, Biblical and other ancient cultural traditions, I find the similarities in story and
symbol across cultures, and use animals to invigorate the sense of humanness. I seek to provide a sanctuary in my work where all are
created equal, and by avoiding the human form, everyone is invited into my narrative, to project onto the animals their own story or
emotion, providing endless meaning to each piece.
Johanna Mueller is a printmaker, artist and entrepreneur, born and raised in Denver, CO, now residing in Fort Collins, CO. She earned
a BFA in printmaking from The Metropolitan University of Denver and an MFA in printmaking from George Mason University in Fairfax,
VA. She has had the opportunity to speak to students about her work, the business of art, as well as demonstrate engraving methods at
institutions including: Aims Community College, Vanderbilt University, Bowling Green State University, Bethel College, Texas A&M
University of Corpus Christi, and many more. Johanna has been an artist in residence at the Jentel Artist Foundation in Banner, WY;
Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO; and was the recipient of the Laila Twigg Smith Artist Residency Program at the Donkey
Mill Arts Center, in Kona, HI.
Education: 2009 Masters of Fine Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Summa Cum Laude; 2004 Bachelors of Fine Arts,
Metropolitan University of Denver, Denver, CO, Cum Laude.
Awards & Honors: Best in Show, Pearl Street Arts Festival, Boulder, CO, 2016; First Place 2-D, Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden, CO,
2016; First Place, Webster Arts Fair, Webster, MO, 2016; UMB Bank Award, Laumiere Art Festival, Saint Louis, MO, 2016; Recipient:
Laila Twigg Smith Artist in Residence Program, The Donkey Mill Arts Center, Holualoa, HI, 2015; Second Place, 528.0 Regional
Printmaking Show, Redline Gallery, Denver, CO, 2015; First Place, Fort Collins Studio Tour Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO, 2014; Best
in Show, Madison Fine Arts Festival, Madison, WI, 2014; Best in Show, Utah Fine Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT, 2014; Best in
Show, Ann Arbor State Street Arts Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, 2014; First Place 2D, Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden, CO, 2014; First
Place 2D, Evergreen Fine Arts Festival,Evergreen, CO, 2014; Second Place 2D, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS, 2014.
Selected Publications: 2016 Cold Mountain, Cameron Scott, Blue Light Publishing. Cover Design. Wallowa, WA; 2015 Uppercase Magazine, April, Volume 25. Printmaking edition, feature artist; Uppercase Publishing Inc.; Calgary, AB Canada; Third Wednesday, Spring 2015. Illustration. Third Wednesday Press, Ann Arbor, MI
Selected Exhibitions: Solo: Feverish Migrations: Poetry and Printmaking, Carbondale Center for the Arts, Carbondale, CO, 2016; Johanna Mueller: Printmaker, Reiger Gallery, Bethel College, Newton, KS, 2015; Animal Ancestors, Leon Gallery, Denver, CO, 2012.
Selected Group Exhibitions: Mutual Language, O Gallery, Tehran, Iran, Juried by Ryan O’Malley, 2017; 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO, 2017; Clemson National Print and Drawing Show, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Juried by Sydney Cross, 2017; A Generous Kingdom, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, 2016; Press Play, Lincoln Center Art Gallery, Fort Collins, CO, 2016; Planting the Seeds: Pedagogy and Prints, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO, 2016; Print Austin: Bin Fest Print Expo, Canopy Arts Complex, Austin, CO, 2016; Repair, Repurpose, Catapult Creative House, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, 2016; Noosa Yogurt Support Local Culture Visual Arts Show, Bas Bleu Theater, Fort Collins, CO, 2016; 528.0 Regional Printmaking Show, Redline Gallery, Denver, CO, 2015; Creative Connections: Women in Printmaking, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX, 2015;
Print and Process, Art Gym Denver, Denver, CO, 2015; Technonatura, The Donkey Mill Arts Center, Holualoa, HI. Juried by Hiroki Morinoue, 2015.
Selected Collections: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO; Hatch Show Print, Nashville, TN; Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers, WI; Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan; Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR; Taubman Museum of Art, Richmond, VA; Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX; University of Mary Hardin Baylor
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA; And various private collections, worldwide.
Representation: The Artery, Fort Collins, CO; Art and Invention Gallery, Nashville, TN; Olsen Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, IA; The Smithery, Columbus, OH.