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TAC Featured Artist Exhibit: Facial Expressions and Masks

January 9, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TAC Featured Artist: Denise Sawyer-Johnson

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About the Artist:
I am new to art making. After 6 years of inspired intentionality, creating, practicing, and sharing my work, I am still reluctant to call myself an “artist”. Prior to 2016 I had never painted or drawn anything.

My interest in faces is fueled by 30+ years of collecting various prints, statuary, masks, original works, and paintings by artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and the US.

I find faces quite intriguing because of the beauty, depth and character conveyed in the eyes, mouths and expressions of people and pictures that I observe. Much of my work consists of composite likenesses of faces that have made an impact on me.

In 2016-2017, I had the privilege and honor to study acrylic painting with Donna Mason (, who continues to encourage me.  Additionally, in 2016-2017, I exhibited at The Mansion House Gallery-Valley Arts Association, Meritus Medical Center, Maloo’s Pub, and the Western Maryland Arts Council – all in Hagerstown, MD.

My works have been selected for 3 juried shows and an art fair. I have sold works to collectors in Atlanta, Maryland, DC, Savannah, Orlando, Miami, and Boston. I have received a best in class (mixed media)1st place award in 2018, 2 honorable mentions. I have also exhibited at the lobby gallery at the Players by the Sea Theater and at Reddi Arts galleries. Additionally, I was the featured artist at the Jacksonville ballet in September-December 2021, and currently at TAC. I am currently participating in the “And Justice For All” art exhibition until May 2023.
My budding interest in mixed media provides an outlet for me to add texture to my works on canvas using a variety of found objects, flatware metals, and a range of eco-friendly materials. I am proud to introduce masks into my collection of creations.

​Some of my other interests include yoga, cooking, and coaching others. Recently I accepted a full-time position responsible for building organizational bench strength and a leadership pipeline for a non-profit.

Artist Contact Info:
Artist Denise Sawyer-Johnson


January 9, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Art Center Cooperative
(904) 233-9252
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Age Range
All Ages


The Art Center Gallery
320 E. Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202 United States
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