Title: Librarian (Retired), Artist
Company: Charlotte Johnson Studios
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois, United States
Charlotte Lee Johnson, Retired Librarian and Artist at Charlotte Johnson Studios, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education, library sciences, and art.
Ms. Johnson always wanted to pursue a career as an artist, having won awards and earning money towards her college fund from her artwork while she was still in high school. Knowing how difficult it would be to make a living as a professional artist, in 1974, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in art education and integrated liberal studies. With teaching jobs in the United States scarce at the time of her graduation, she decided to continue her education by obtaining a master’s degree in library science and media. This combination, and her love of travel, led to her first job as a primary school teacher in Victoria, Australia. While there, she was recruited to be the director of the Boronia High School Community Library, a new “joint library” concept that was being explored there. She held these positions from 1977 to 1980 when the travel bug bit her again. She spent a year traveling across Asia, Europe and Canada working as a free-lance photographer.
Back in the United States, she accepted an academic librarian position at Oklahoma State University. From 1983 until 2012, she was employed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in various roles within the library, including the Director of User Services and Scholarly Communications Librarian. In 1992, she served as a People to People Citizen Ambassador to the national libraries of Russia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. She served at the national level of various academic library and information science organizations and has a lifetime membership in the American Library Association. Her many roles within the Illinois Library Association won her the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year title in 2012. Throughout her career at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Ms. Johnson was also involved in faculty governance and held the role of faculty club president for many years. She is still active as an associate professor emerita, serving on the Emeriti Faculty Association Board and working with current faculty as a research journal and scholarly book editor. She also enjoys lifetime membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.
Always having an interest in computing for art and publishing, Ms. Johnson served on the international standards committee that created the epub book format. She and her husband became known as ebook evangelists, organizing and speaking at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and Mexico. They are currently the co-owner of (r)Evolutionary (e)Books in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Never abandoning her love of art, she has been granted numerous awards for her artwork, with her photographs, artist’s books, and multimedia sculptures featured in exhibits and museums worldwide. As a hand papermaker, she was invited to document papermaking villages in China in 1990 and to participate in the 1st International Symposium for Artists Books in Egypt in 2008. Charlotte Johnson Studios was officially created in 2012. She and her husband continue to pursue their artwork and love of travel through international art residencies, having done so in Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ms. Johnson has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, as well as the 61st edition of Who’s Who in America, the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, and the 2nd edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
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