Sunday, November 12, 2017

Emma Johnson Résumé

Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Delta College, 2012-2015
Subjects studied: French, math, piano, biology, physics, inorganic & organic chemistry
• Delta College Honors Program
• French Club

University of Minnesota, B.A. in English (emphasis in poetry), 2006-2008
Subjects studied: English, writing, German, film studies
• Fluent in German, as per Language Proficiency Exam, 1/16/09
• Writer/Researcher, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, 2007
• Copy Desk Editor, The Minnesota Daily, 2006-07
• Radio K Volunteer, 2006-07

Rutgers University, National Student Exchange, 2007-08
Subjects studied: English, German, web authoring, interactive design
• Tutor, Plangere Writing Center, 2007

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
B.F.A. in painting and photography, 2000-2005 
Subjects studied: Fine art, media arts, graphic design, art history
• Learning Center Tutor, 2003-05
• Radio MCAD Volunteer, 2003-05

Macalester College
Macalester Exchange Program (MCAD sister school), 2003
Subjects studied: Philosophy

Parsons Paris School of Art and Design
Study Abroad, Fall 2002
Subjects studied: Fine art, French

Michigan Technological University
Post-secondary option, 1999-2000
Subjects studied: Statistics; art, writing, psychology, economics

Scott Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, 2017
Coca-Cola Scholarship, 2015-16
Zonta Club of Midland Scholarship, 2014-15 
Arthur J. and Bette L. Fisher Scholarship, 2014-15
M. Seth Babcock Scholarship, 2013-14 
• Cari-DeWall Obst Uptown Association Scholarship, 2002-04

“Darkytown Rebellion Installation: Viewers become a Kara Walker live action film,” Voices from the Gaps, University of Minnesota, 22 May 2013. Online.

“Kara Walker,” Voices from the Gaps, University of Minnesota, 20 May 2013. Online.

"From Writing Center to WRIT: Adding Reading & Technology Services to Our Writing Center." International Writing Centers Association Conference "Writing Center (r)Evolutions," Pittsburgh, PA, 9 Oct 2015.

Writer (freelance),  SOLŪTIŌ Web Marketing & Design, Midland, MI, 2017-Present 
•    Write blogs and web copy. [47 projects]

Writer (freelance), Midland Daily News (Hearst Corporation), Midland, MI, 12/2009—Present
•    Write stories and features for print and web publication on arts and entertainment, lifestyle, culture, politics and local events. Recently started writing book reviews and a column about my extended trip to Shanghai, with corresponding photography. Currently working on Palestine/Israel op-ed column. Print circulation 16,500+ daily and 18,000+ Sunday. [231 articles, including 85 front page]

Writer (Freelance), Great Lakes Bay Regional Lifestyle Magazine, Bay City, MI, 2010-Present
•     Wrote a profile piece for the March 2011 education issue. Wrote five scene descriptions for the November 2011 issue in the magazine’s “People Pics” section. Upcoming advertorials.

School Group Tour Guide / Center Educator, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art / Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI, 02/2009-Present
•    Research background information on science and art exhibitions. Design and lead tours [60 to date] for ages preschool through adult. Collaborated with colleague to create guide for “Art of the Brick” exhibit. Created 20-page talking points guide for “Out of this World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television” exhibit. Other exhibits included: Rodin, Herman Miller, Mid-Century Modern, and Leonardo da Vinci. Training for Spark!Lab Smithsonian.
WRIT Center Consultant, WRIT Center (Writing, Reading, and Information Technology), Delta College, 2013-15
•    Worked one-on-one with students to improve their writing and computer skills; provided online feedback to student papers; presented information about the WRIT Center in English classrooms at Delta.

Graphic Designer & Staff Writer, The Delta Collegiate, 2012-13
•    Honorable Mention, Column, Serious, Michigan Community College Press Association, “Investing in universal pre-school is a step in the right direction,” 2013 

  Proofer/Editor/Writer (freelance), ClearRiver Advertising & Marketing, Midland, MI, 2/10—8/10
•    Proofread and edited material for print and web; wrote profile cards, flyers, newspaper ads, press releases, brochures and testimonials for posters, flyers and websites. Clients included: Gerber/Nestlé, Gratiot Medical Center and MidMichigan Health* (which serves a population of 700,000). [Worked on 162 projects.] *Currently University of Michigan Health System

Artist, Emma Johnson, Writer/Artist/Musician, 2001-Present
    Exhibited work in 25 exhibitions internationally (2 solo shows). Sold work at MCAD Art Sale and sell artwork at Northwood Gallery in Midland, MI. Winner for best art piece in 2009 issue of Ivory Tower Art and Literary Magazine published by the University of Minnesota. Work in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, and websites. 

Freelance Art Instructor, Creative 360, Midland, MI, 3/09—2012
•    Design and teach a variety of art classes and workshops for children and teenagers; collaborate with other art instructors to develop curriculum; act as a teaching assistant; delegate tasks to a teaching assistant when leading a class; team up with meta4 to design and teach art/art appreciation at St. Brigid’s Catholic School in the future; designed and taught art workshop at Montessori elementary school.

Freelance Art Faculty, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Museum School, Midland, MI, 2/10—2011
•    Designed and taught drawing classes for children.
Visual Resources Technician, College of Visual Arts Library
, St. Paul, MN, 2005-06

•    Processed slide requests from instructors at the college; shot slides from art books using 35 mm and digital SLR cameras; labeled slides; created files and maintained the slide database; maintained the 33,000 slides/digital images in the library’s collection; scanned slides and created digital files; delegated tasks to work-study student.

Violinist, Midland Community Orchestra, 2009-Present. 
Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter/Violinist/etc., 105 music performances.
Actor, Frances, “Squirrel,” directed by Thalia Drori, Minneapolis, 2015.
Actor, Kid #3, “BuddyLee, Guidance Counselor,” directed by Jon Nowak, Buddy Lee/ MTV, Fallon Worldwide, Minneapolis, MN, 2004. Starred in 6-minute Lee Jeans commercial running two weeks on MTV2 primetime show “Control Freak.”
Actor, Medical Lab Assistant, Toxic Energy: Little Miss Potentiality Returns,” directed by Thalia Drori, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2002.

1.     Mexico
2.     Costa Rica
3.     Canada
4.     France
5.     England
6.     China
7.     Thailand
8.     Germany
9.     Israel
10.  Palestine

German - Studied 3 years at the college level, passed a fluency test; but haven't spoken it in a while

French - Studied 1 year at the college level; currently self-study almost every day for ~1hr.

Spanish - Studied 4 years in high school; haven't spoken it in a while

Mandarin - Studied 10 weeks through a community program; haven't spoken it in a while


Monday, November 6, 2017

Squirrel (La Ardilla) is playing in Grenada, Nicaragua, on Nov 30

Squirrel: The Movie
30 November at 19:0020:00 UTC-06
Pan De Vida Granada
406 Calle La Calzada, 3.25 blocks towards Lake Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua
A woman's life spins out of control when she promises her son that she'll get an evil cop fired who pepper-sprayed a baby squirrel. A dark comedy about living with male violence. Features Granada's own Dreamlander, Mary Vivian Pearce as the sleazy school principal. View the trailer here:

In English with Spanish subtitles.

Come eat, drink and watch independent film with us!

La vida de una mujer gira fuera de control cuando ella promete a su hijo que ella obtendrá la despedida a un policía malvado quien rocía una ardilla bebé con gas pimienta. Una comedia oscura sobre la vida con violencia masculina. Cuenta con la propia “Dreamlander” de Granada, Mary Vivian Pearce como la directora escolar sórdida.
En Ingles, con subtitulos en español.
Ver el tráiler aquí:

¡Ven a comer, beber y ver la película independiente con nosotros!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sanford native wins national truck driving competition

Midland Daily News, 10 Sept 2017. Online.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I played Frances in the film Squirrel, directed by Thalia Drori Ramirez. The premiere will be on March 19 in Oakland, CA.

Information from Facebook:

Liberated Lens Film Collective presents a dark night of comedy shorts by Thalia Drori Ramirez and Cineastas de Granada.

An evening of comedy shorts by filmmaker Thalia Drori Ramirez, including a premiere of her latest film, Squirrel, which features Mary Vivian Pearce (Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Female Trouble) as the school principal. Drori Ramirez will also present a comedy by the students of Cineastas de Granada, a video production program she founded for teen girls in Granada, Nicaragua. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

Squirrel Trailer:

Admission: Pay what you can. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ida 2003-2017

Although this post isn't about my work, I wanted to dedicate a post to my cat Ida.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Church of Sainte-Geneviève

Jacques-Germain Soufflot
designed a beautiful church.
The Church of Sainte-Geneviève,
also known as the
Paris Panthéon,
has transformed itself like a
Madonna persona change.

In 1758
construction started.
Before the last brick was laid
the government took over.
Then it changed its mind.
The French did not sell.
They used it as a temple
under Napoleon (the) I
and buried heroes.
Aux grands homes la pat-
rie reconnaissante.

Then it became Catholic
under King Louis Philippe.
Napoleon (the) III said,
"Continue the church."

was Sainte-Geneviève's next phase.

Next it was a physics lab.
Jean-Bernard Foucault
proved the world is spinning 'round
by hanging a pendulum
from the domed ceiling.
The world truns clockwise.

Marie Curie died.
Her ashes were scattered there.

Jacques-Germain Soufflot
designed a beautiful church.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Neoclassical architecture and sculpture in France

Architectural influences
Seventeenth-century France
defies Italian Baroque,
says 'yes' to classical style.

Ancient Chinese art

The Middle Kingdom in China
'Qin' becomes 'China,' 
proclaimed the center of the world.
Port cities gleam but
Yellow River brings sorrow.
Yet, Nomads join anyway.

Friday, January 6, 2017


Watchtowers converge
(w/) pagodas stone and wooden.
What a handsome pair.

Work consulted: 
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. 1995. New York: revised ed., Harry N. Abrams, Inc., and Prentice Hall, Inc., 1999.