About The Project
“Some leave their marks on this Earth by what they have written. Others by what they have drawn and painted.
Joni Johnson left her mark in both ways. She was an artist with her pen.
And she was an artist with her brush. And she enriched human kind as few others have.”
The Honorable Andrew Jacobs, US House of Representatives, Congressional Record, March 21, 1989
Joni T. Johnson was a prolific Indiana artist who created thousands of pieces of original artwork during the course of her lifetime, with a particular focus on pen and ink and watercolors.
Johnson was known as an eclectic, generous artist and catalyst for the creative environment in Indianapolis during the 1960’s and 1970’s. A student of the Heron School of Art and later, the founder of the Talbot Street Art Fair in Indianapolis, her work hangs in the East Wing of the White House and has been reported to have been collected by such notables as Katherine Hepburn, Vincent Price, and Harry Belafonte. In addition to a successful career as a working artist, Johnson was often known to gift pieces to friends, nearly always bestowing her art with personal inscriptions and/or original poetry.
This is a noncommercial site created to celebrate the work of Joni T. Johnson. In the spirit of preserving – and spreading – Joni’s work in the digital age, we encourage owners and collectors of her extraordinary artwork to share their collections by posting it to this website. Those wishing to keep information private, but contact other collectors, may email info (at) Joni T. Johnson.