Artist Bio

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Hello, my name is Nitashia Johnson. I am a Nigerian-American, multimedia artist and educator from Dallas, Texas, who truly has a

passion for creating. I attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts from 2004-2008. I became an alum of Texas Woman’s University in 2012 and the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015.

 

For the past year, I have worked hard on my non-profit, The Smart Project, a creative after-school program structured for teens and aspiring mentors living in North Texas. Another of my most significant artistic accomplishments is The Self Publication collection, a photographic book series created to dismantle the stereotypes placed on those in the Black community. What started as casual photographs transformed into a book series showcasing the beauty of Black natives and their stories. I am working on the project alone to shine a light on community issues. As the work unfolds, I plan to film a short documentary series following five past participants. 

 

I love to create. I want to continue growing as an artist with outstanding leadership and thoughtful mentors. One of my latest projects is 

The Beauty of South Dallas is a project that captures the rapid change of a historical neighborhood due to socio-economic shifts, creating a document of South Dallas for future residents, visionaries, and developers.

I use my photography and design skills to make a difference in the world. My photographic work is in The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and The New York Times. In 2019, I became one of the first women selected for the Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence program. Please refer to my CV for recent exhibitions. 

CLIENTS:

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post

The Marshall Project

Dallas Morning News

Texas Monthly

Dallas Free Press

CNN News

NZZ News

NBC News

PUBLISHED WORK:

Dallas Contemporary (Carrie Mae Weems)

The New York Times

The Marshall Project

 

Features, Interviews, Awards, Fellows:

The New York Times

APA San Diego

Dallas Morning News

D Magazine

Sony Alpha Female Creator in Residence 

Rhode Island School of Design

Talley Dunn Gallery " Equity in the Arts"

Juanita J. Craft Artist Residency

101 Black Artist Living and Working in Texas

Lectures & Speaking Engagements

Comeback - Erica Cobb

The Power of Black Stories

Storytelling for Change Summit