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Lester Johnson
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Born 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lives in New York. Teaches at Yale University Lester Johnson (January 27, 1919 – May 30, 2010) was an American artist. As a figurative expressionist and member of the Second Generation of the New York School, painter Lester Johnson remained dedicated to the human figure as means of expression through the many stylistic changes of his oeuvre. In New York, Johnson exhibited at the Martha Jackson Gallery, Zabriskie Gallery, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, and James Goodman Gallery as well as having been included in group shows at the Guggenheim, The Whitney, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was elected a member to both the American Academy of Arts & Letters and National Academy of Design. His work was most recently shown in both the 2010 Armory Show and 2010 Art Chicago. Johnson lived and worked in New York City (on the Bowery), Springs, Milford (CT), Greenwich (CT), and Southampton, NY. ▪ 1919 Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota ▪ 1942–47 Studied at the Minneapolis School of Art, St. Paul Art School, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago ▪ 1947 Came to New York ▪ 1961–62 Artist-in-residence, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio ▪ 1964 Summer artist-in-residence, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ▪ 1964–89 Professor (Adjunct) of Painting, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut ▪ 1969–74 Director of Studies, Graduate Painting, School of Art and Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut Awards and Prizes ▪ 2004 Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters ▪ 2003 American Academy of Arts and Letters, Jimmy Ernst Award ▪ 1987 Elected Associate, National Academy of Design ▪ 1987 Brandeis University, Creative Arts Award for Painting ▪ 1973 Guggenheim Fellowship ▪ 1961 Longview Fellowship Massachusetts Institute of Technology ▪ 1942 Midwestern Artists Competition 1st prize ▪ 1941 St. Paul Gallery Scholarship ▪ 1940–41 The President’s Scholarship Minneapolis School of Fine Arts ▪ 1939 Alfred Pillsbury Scholarship