Mr. Johnson earned an MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; his graduate work included printmaking, book arts, painting, and drawing. He was awarded two Teaching Assistantships from Louisiana State University Art Department. He has a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas; where he focused on intaglio, relief, and lithography.
After graduate school Mr Johnson spent four years 2000 to 2004 working as the gallery director for the University of Texas at Tyler. From 2000 to 2004 he taught computer and foundation courses at Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. From 2004 to 2006 he served as the Art Program Director for StoneMetal Press in San Antonio, Texas where he offered workshops and classes in printmaking, painting, collage, and book arts. Since 2000 he has co-owned and operated Johnson Brothers Productions and in 2011 Arts Talk with the Johnson Brothers a 30 minute live internet talk radio program was created where he and his brother Dennis interview various artists, actors, writers and other creative individuals about their work and process.
His recent solo exhibitions include Paintings: Duane Johnson, at Joan Derryberry Gallery at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee; Easy Target: Narrative Connections, at StoneMetal Press; The Visit, Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center, Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas. He has had two exhibitions with artist Amy Gerhauser; His & Hers x2: Duane Johnson & Amy Gerhauser, Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery, Frost Center for the Visual Arts, Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, Texas and His & Hers, recent work by Duane Johnson & Amy Gerhauser, One9zero6 Gallery, San Antonio, Texas.
His work has been included in numerous juried international and national exhibitions, including UMKC National Print Exhibition, UMKC Gallery of Art, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri; 30th Bradley International Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; School Days: Cafeteria Plan, Bonsack Gallery, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, Missouri; Iowa Biennial 2004, Project Art Main Gallery, The University of Iowa, Iowa City Iowa; and Art & Social Activism, Olin Fine Arts Center Gallery, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Johnson regularly presents at conferences, conducts workshops, and gives artist talks. He currently lives outside of Austin, Texas.