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Denise Johnson is aLecuter in Art History and has taught at Chapman University since 2014. She earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from UC Riverside and an MFA from Cal Arts with a focus in contemporary art theory and women's contributions to the western tradition. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University.

Denise has taught all periods of western art history from the prehistoric era to the present, including: Black Subjects in White Art History; Gender, Art, and Western Culture; the history of photography; and the art of the ancient Americas along with studio courses in black-and-white photography and drawing.

As well, Denise has curated a number of contemporary art exhibitions examining feminism, motherhood, and California's contested landscapes and has written for Make/Shift magazine. Denise was part of Chapman University's Getty Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative curatorial team and co-curated an exhibition of Orange, CA muralist, Emigdio Vasquez' easel paintings paired with works by contemporary artists in Fall 2017.

When not in the classroom or museum, Denise enjoys reading, yoga, silk-screening, fighting for social justice and supporting progressive efforts combatting climate change and inequality.

Portfolio of Denise Johnson's work
photo by Isaac Garcia