Fall 2021: Amanei Johnson
Name: Amanei Johnson
School: University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
Major/Concentration: Visual Arts
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022
Location: Pine Bluff, AR
Chicago-based artist Amenei Johnson began creating art since she was able to pick up a pen. She went from drawing on the walls as a kid to creating online exhibitions and being involved in HBCU alliance with museums and galleries. Art will forever be her passion, and she considers herself her greatest masterpiece. Amenei works in many mediums of art and finds herself exploring what it means to create art. She hopes her art will reach the spirit and consciousness of each individual and inspire them to create change. This change could be from within, or change to the environment around them. Amenei's art is meant to be a catalyst of vibratory change, and present a reflection of the viewer.
What does being a Black girl who paints mean to you?
Being a black girl who paints, defies societal norms placed upon black men and women at a young age. The word 'black' brings empowerment, instead of being a label pushed upon by predominantly white institutions. It is a reminder of my ability to transform labels of oppression to labels of empowerment.