Roman Johnson in the News

African American painter Roman Johnson was the subject of an article in the Sunday, March 1 edition of the Columbus Dispatch:

Local Artist Roman Johnson’s Standing Growing After Death

Courtesy of columbusmemory.org, Arnett Howard and Roman Johnson at Emerson Burkhart's home.

Courtesy of columbusmemory.org, Arnett Howard and Roman Johnson at Emerson Burkhart’s home.


In regard to Johnson, Ohio History Connection curator Emily Lang states in the article:

He’s just not Emerson Burkhart’s protege anymore. He’s starting to get recognized as a great artist in his own right.

On why Roman Johnson is not better known, Lang commented:

He was immensely, immensely talented, but he never sold himself.

Johnson was the topic of a curator talk given by Ms. Lang at the Ohio History Center on February 28. On display for the program was the first ever painting by Johnson acquired by the Ohio History Connection. The painting, created by Johnson in 1987, depicts a Columbus house located near Woodland Avenue on the East Side. Johnson frequently painted scenes in the Olde Towne East and King-Lincoln neighborhoods.

To read more about Roman Johnson, click here to a previous post by Ms. Lang.

To find out about upcoming curator talks check the Ohio History Connection event calendar.

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