Kara Cobb Johnson is an American Artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois.
She has been recognized by The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to participate in The Center Program at The Hyde Park Art Center and curated the work of contemporary Chicago Artists at Chicago Art Department in Pilsen (as part of Katherine & Kara with her arts partner Katherine Lampert), The District 24 Police Station in Rogers Park and the Trailside Museum of Natural History(independently) and MileNorth Hotel (commissioned by The Hyde Park Art Center as part of Katherine & Kara).
The Illinois Arts Council grant funded a solo exhibition of her works at The University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation where she collaborated with the Fabrication Lab and mentors to create a new permanent transparent vinyl artwork spanning across the East 53rd street buildings second floor windows. She is an alumna of Ragdale Artist Residency in Lake Forest and The Graham School at The University of Chicago.
Kara creates work from a conceptual core. Her focus is to create harmony within a picture plane, installation space, or sculpture. This authentic, playful, creative investment honestly scribes the dual natured demands of American womanhood and motherhood. The use of her hand and body moving around a work or through a space is also of import, making the work tactile and immediate in conception and commitment, but contemplative and cathartic in creation and consumption. Often works are renamed as time passes and according to where a work is displayed which can change the meaning it can evoke in each new setting.
Kara is a mother of 3 and wife of 19 years to her best friend and husband, Steve. She can be found in her garage studio or at the dining room table with her dog nearby or if she's lucky, in nature blowing bubbles or on the trail.