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014. A Conversation with Ron Johnson

In today’s episode, we sit down with contemporary painter and VCUarts professor Ron Johnson to discuss fighting Joe Rogan, music, creativity and sports. From his background as a college athlete and later as a member of the band 50 Watt Alarm Clock, Ron leads us through the experiences in his life that brought him to painting, receiving a Pollack Grant Award and teaching. His most recent project, The Abstract Athlete, explores the collision of art, sport, and science through a unique “sports culture” approach to art training and breaks down the stigma of being an athlete and artist to inspire artists of all ages.

Ron Johnson was born in 1968 in Columbus, Ohio.  He attended Ohio State University (B.F.A. 1999) and Virginia Commonwealth University (M.F.A. 2003).  Recent solo exhibitions include, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York City, NY, Duane Reed Gallery St. Louis, MO and upcoming shows at and Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH and Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray KY.  He is included in many private and public collections, including Altria, Markel Corporation, Capital One, Hilton Columbus, and more.

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