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Megan Arney Johnston

Stillwater, MN

I am a curator, writer, educator, and activist who utilizes socially engaged practices to connect with audiences. Slow Curating is my praxis and I work in radical museology. I'm interested in where art intersects with visual culture, civic engagement, and activism. My passion is focusing on creating an inclusive environment for audiences in museums using curating and social practice. 

BIO: Megan Johnston is an independent curator, museum specialist, and educator who utilizes socially engaged curatorial practices. Her work centers on fundamental questions about art, its display, and mediation. Johnston is a noted specialist in social engagement, coining the term Slow Curating in 2011. Her latest projects include creating community-based history exhibitions at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater, MN. Arney Johnston has worked in rural museums in Ireland, the UK and the USA including Portadown, N Ireland, LaGrange, GA, Fargo, ND, Sligo, Ireland, and Rochester, MN. She will receive her PhD in socially engaged curatorial practice in regional museums from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Arney Johnston has produced more than 350 exhibitions over her 20-year-career. She has written dozens of exhibition catalog essays and several articles in academic journals in addition to presenting on social practice and radical museology at numerous international conferences.