Stephanie Johnson, Public Art Program Manager

In her role as Public Art Program Manager, Stephanie Johnson (she/her) guides the Public Art Program in the selection and installation of artwork. This process includes building community partnerships while engaging new opportunities to support locally and nationally recognized artists. We bring art to the streets and public places of Boise!

“I enjoy working in the public art field because our efforts create a sense of place and offer informal opportunities to experience art in a variety of media, any time of day, without having to pay admission to a museum.”

Stephanie was born and raised in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. She holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration with a focus in Museum Studies from the University of Oregon. Her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Archaeology with a minor in Scandinavian Studies lead her to spend time in Norway studying at the University of Oslo. Prior to joining the Arts & History team, she directed the nationally recognized Gallery Without Walls public art program as Public Art & Program Manager for the Arts Council of Lake Oswego collaborating with the community and working with over 100 different artists during her time there.

Her previous work includes Curator of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, internships in the curatorial and collections departments of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame & Museum in NM, Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum in CO, and the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in OR. In her work she has curated a number of exhibitions ranging from historical and cultural to fine art, working with nationally recognized artists.