William Edward Johnston Biography

William Edward Johnston




African-American artist William Edward Johnston was born in Salem, Ohio on June 12,1917. Although a practicing artist, Johnston earned his BS degree at Alabama State College in 1963 and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. He also studied at Auburn University. His work included painting, mosaic and printmaking. He exhibited widely, including Atlanta Univ., 1951, 1956-57, 1963; Tuskegee Inst., 1960 (award); Tribune Tower, Chicago, 1962; Stillman College, 1963; Delta State College, MS, 1967; Frontal Images Municipal Gal., Jackson, MS, 1967; Masur Mus., Monroe, LA, 1969; Rochester Inst. Tech., 1970; Univ. Cincinnati, 1970; CI, 1971; Haiti Gal., Rochester, NY, 1972; 100 Am. Craftsmen Show, Lockport, NY, 1972; 15th Ann. Delta Art Show, 1972.

Johnston taught at the Mississippi Valley State College in Itta Benna, Mississippi. He exhibited at the Huntsville Museum of Art “Black Artists / South” in 1979, one of the most substantial exhibitions of Black artists of the '70s, curated by Ralph M. Hudson. William E. Johnston died in Itta Bena, Laflore County, Mississippi on September 17, 2001.