Profile: Marie E. Johnson-Calloway (1920-2018)

Marie Edwards Johnson-Calloway was an American artist. She worked in the fields of painting and mixed-media assemblage.

Born Marie Edwards in Pimlico, Baltimore, the African-American Johnson-Calloway first attended Coppin State Teacher’s College. Edwards taught in the Baltimore School District for several years. In 1952 she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland, in art education.

In 1968 she received a Master of Arts in painting from San Jose State University as a Graduate Studies Experienced Teacher Fellow. She taught at universities and colleges in the Bay Area until she retired from teaching in 1983. 

Johnson-Calloway has worked with the Bay Area Women Artists of Northern California on community-based projects. The Oakland Art Museum is among institutions which contain examples of her work. Johnson-Calloway has also taught at San Francisco State University and at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Twice-married (Arthur Johnson, M.D. and Charles Calloway. M.D.), she has two children (daughter April Watkins, and son, Art Johnson),and four grandchildren, and lived in Oakland, California. She served as president of the San Jose chapter of the NAACP, and was long active in civil rights as well.

Johnson-Calloway died in February 2018 at the age of 97.

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