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, but she knew it would be difficult to make a living that way. In 1974, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in art education and integrated liberal studies. At that time, her sister was exploring a career as a librarian, which is what inspired Ms. Johnson to return to school one year later and obtain a master’s degree in library science. She later went on to acquire two more degrees, a master’s in public relations from Oklahoma State University in 1983, and a master of fine arts from Southern Illinois University in 1984. As a result of her vast educational background, Ms. Johnson was granted the opportunity to travel with her work. From 1977 to 1980, she was the director of the Boronia High School Community Library in Victoria, Australia, where she also taught in their education department. She went on to work as a freelance artist and photographer in Asia, Europe, and Canada in 1980. Back in the United States, she worked within the libraries of Oklahoma State University and Southern Illinois University from 1983 until 2011 in several different roles. She is still employed with Southern Illinois University as an associate professor emerita and she is currently the co-owner of (r)Evolutionary (e)Books in Edwardsville, Illinois. In 2012, Ms. Johnson opened an art studio, Charlotte Johnson Studios.
Ms. Johnson has a multitude of awards to speak to her professional success. In 1992, she was named as the People to People Citizen Ambassador, and in 2012, she was named as the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year. She cites this experience as a career highlight because she was able to retire as a librarian on such a positive note. Since 1968, she has also been granted numerous awards for her artwork, which has been featured in exhibits and museums all over the world. 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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