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 (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's work is self reflective. Subject matter, while simple, is handled with emotional consideration. She provides authentic, playful, creative investment in natural imagery and childhood games to honestly scribe the dual natured demands of American womanhood and motherhood. She uses repetition, symbolism, color, materials and scale to make sense of and differentiate her art-work from beautiful presented contrived marketing products. Her work emphasizes her hand that makes it. It is tactile and immediate in conception and commitment, but contemplative and healing in creation and consumption.
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 painting with her dog nearby, grilling out, or blowing bubbles.