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2022 FST StudioProjects Fund recipient

Feb. 1st 2023

2022 FST StudioProjects Fund recipient, American artist Traci Johnson (b. 1998) welcomes us in her colorful studio space in Gowanus to discuss how positive energies find their way into her work.

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October 20, 2022

Here’s something a little bit different: A yarn sculpture (aka Rug) by Traci Johnson entitled Didn’t I Do It For You? Very cool, and quite the statement piece! Established Gallery of Brooklyn had this on sale for just $5,800.

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 October 7, 2022 - January 23

Belonging is a contemporary visual art exhibition highlighting 3 Brooklyn artists (Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche and Traci Johnson) who create work with fiber, cloth, thread and other textiles.

Curated by Grace R. Freedman of Why Not Art.

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September 8, 2022

The Affordable Art Fair NYC fair is thrilled to welcome Brooklyn-based, Established Gallery, as the inaugural Fellow to pilot the new Fellowship Program launching this September 2022!


September 27, 2022

Sensing Woman is a multisensory event taking place at C24 Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, for five days and four nights of Art by 50 contemporary visual artists, along with conversation, storytelling and music – altogether around the future of being female. All profits from this event will be donated to organizations working to protect autonomy over our bodies and improve maternal and sexual health, including the groundbreaking advocacy organization the Center for Reproductive Rights.


July 20, 2022

Traci Johnson is running to get their blood drawn and nails done before the opening reception of their solo show, Creatures of Desire, at Established Gallery in Brooklyn — an apt meditation on a day’s work of womanhood (and by that, we mean all bodies and minds who experience its nuances).


March 23, 2022

Traci Johnson’s work speaks to issues surrounding safety and social trauma. Their soft-sculptures rendered whimsically in warping form and bold color create a respite from the pressures of contemporary society,” states Schuppert. “Their work also references the fair’s long-term interest in art as a tool for therapy, for personal expression in the face of trauma or disability. We’ve been longtime partners with the nonprofit Art Therapy Project through whom I became exposed to the Affordable Art Fair before joining the team in a leadership capacity.”


Traci Johnson’s ‘Safe Space’

Young soft-sculpture artist brings a pop of color to Affordable Art Fair NYC

March 27,  2022

The annual Affordable Art Fair made a return to Chelsea last week, bringing mazes of gallery booths to the Metropolitan Pavilion in another successful showcasing of contemporary art from around the world. Joined by nine participating cities, the NYC fair ran from March 23 through 27 and featured thousands of works from both local and international galleries. Among creators was this year’s Young Talent Exhibition feature Traci Johnson, a Brooklyn-based textile and sculpture artist. Let’s take a look at their installation “Safe Space” and the inspiration behind the work.


March 14, 2022

The Affordable Art Fair has long been recognized as an entry point for curious art goers and new collectors engaging the art market often for the first time. In keeping with that, the fair will feature a “Young Talent Exhibition.” This year, this exhibition will entail a site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Traci Johnson, curated by the Brooklyn  nonprofit  Arts Gowanus, which advocates for local artists within their communities. Johnson’s practice crosses textile design, installation, and sculpture. Their work is characterized by bright, soft-sculpture artworks that imagine a world freed from the stratifications of race, class, and social status.


March 11, 2022

Programming Highlights

The Young Talent Exhibition features a site-specific installation by artist Traci Johnson, curated by Arts Gowanus. Specializing in textile design, installation, and sculpture, Johnson designs bright and warping soft-sculpture artworks that explore methods of comfort, creating a euphoric, healing safe space for themselves and others within their plush artwork.


March 10, 2022

This edition we're delighted to present Safe Space, a new body of work from artist Traci Johnson curated by Arts Gowanus Executive Director, Johnny Thornton. This exhibition explores a world absent from injury and free from judgement, and seeks to investigate how the human mind, soul and body can be soothed by calm euphoric spaces.

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February 23, 2022

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January 30, 2022

Everything about Traci Johnson’s work is unforgettable, bold, and welcoming. 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the artist specializing in textile design, installation, and sculpture, is driven by creating a healing place that escapes judgment. Johnson designs a reality that imagines a world without worry and trauma from race, class, social, and status. As Johnson explores these concepts, they work towards personal and shared resolutions. 

Traci Johnson’s work is part of the group show “Depth Perception,” curated by Morgan Everhart and Mel Reese. The show also features works by Andrew Keiper, Andrea Caldarese, Rachael Wren, and the curators Everhart and Reese. The exhibition is on view at The Yard City Hall Park in New York City through February 10, 2022.

We spoke with Johnson about materiality, the role the artist’s family plays in the creation process, and inspiring landscapes from Upstate New York. 

October 17, 2021

A recent FIT grad, textile artist Traci Johnson transformed her studio into a vivid, plushy dreamscape.

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September 13, 2021 - November 12, 2021

Dreamscapes unites six artists who creatively address issues of fantasy, spirituality and the human condition in their work. As societies begin to open up once again, this exhibition presents imaginary spaces that reflect on the regenerative powers of hope and imagination. Whether visually inspired by our interactions with nature and architecture, visions of outer space, or even vintage porcelain or video game design; the diverse range of sculptural artworks in Dreamscapes offer us a place to pause, reflect and engage in the joy of infinite possibilities as we anticipate the post-pandemic future ahead.


APRIL 24- JUNE 6, 2021

The exhibition “Form or Function” presents works that crosses over media and discipline, exploring the relationship of objects in between contemporary art, design and craft. “Form” and “Function” are often clearly defined, but here is an attempt to blur notions and create dialogue.

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