James K. Johnson, Charleston, Ill.
From the artist: "As a sculptor, I have always been concerned with creating works of art that cause the viewer to pause and reflect upon their surroundings and, in doing so, become more aware of the environment in which they are passing. Each work of art that I have designed and fabricated is a reflection of past experiences that have shaped my life and the interest that I have in ancient cultures, especially the Maya and Inca, that used art as a means of understanding their place in the history of mankind. Equally important has been my use of the arch as a means of transforming the viewer from a place and time of activity to one of calm and reflection."
Johnson's art career spans more than 40 years. As a sculptor/artist he has participated in more than 60 regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions and completed numerous large-scale outdoor sculptures. As an educator, he held several positions at universities throughout the country and last served as professor and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Eastern Illinois University.