Angela Johnson grew up on the east side of Madison, WI. In 2000, she graduated with a BA in elementary education with a minor in art from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. After teaching elementary art for several years in Houston, TX, she moved back to Madison and attended UW-Madison where she completed her MA in Art Education in 2008. Her thesis project focused on creating and designing a space plan for the open art studio at the new Madison Children’s Museum which opened in August 2010. In 2013 Angela returned to UW-Madison to begin an MFA program with a focus in photography. While working on her MFA, she met Dr. Ahna Skop and became a lab collaborator and her MA exhibition “Translation” is on permanent view outside the Skop Lab. Her background in museum design helps to bridge complex science concepts through art in order make the content more accessible to the general public. She finished her MFA in 2016.

Angela has been honored with several grant funded artist residencies and led photography projects at three local elementary schools.


2016—Best in Sculpture, Museum of Wisconsin Art Members Show, West Bend, WI  

2015—Esther Hougen Taylor Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute

2011—Photographer of The Month, April 2011, The Center For Photography at Madison, Madison, WI

2010—Photographer of The Month, Oct. 2010, The Center For Photography at Madison, Madison, WI