About

Johnna Marcil Eck is an artist living and working in Omaha, NE.  Her BFA in drawing and painting is from Creighton University.  Subsequent to that she was awarded a half-tuition merit scholarship to Graduate School at the University of Chicago.  There she studied with Vera Klement and Herbert George and graduated with an M.F.A. in painting.  Immediately following, she was invited to exhibit her artwork at Midway Studios and the David and Alfred Smart Gallery of Art in Chicago.  Upon returning to Omaha to study art education, she was hired to join the faculty at Creighton University where she was Lecturer of Fine Arts.  Post-graduate courses recently completed at the School of the Art institute of Chicago and the Kansas City Art Institute, Johnna Eck is Adjunct Art Instructor at Metropolitan Community College, teaches art at Skutt Catholic High School and exhibits her work throughout the region.

cv – Johnna Marcil Eck

12720 Leavenworth RD, Omaha NE, 68154

johnna.eck@gmail.com | 402.889.0863

1987 MFA, University of Chicago, Chicago IL

1985 BFA,Creighton University, Omaha NE

1990 BSEd, University Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha NE

POST GRADUATE STUDY

2020

Studio Incamminati Philadelphia School of Contemporary Art Remote Workshop, Omaha NE

2019

   Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO

2017

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2015

   School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

2010

Certificate of Catholic School Leadership Creighton University, Omaha, NE

WORK EXPERIENCE

2017-Present

   Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn NE- Adjunct Art Instructor

2015-Present 

   University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha NE AP Dual Enrollment Honors Art Instructor

2001-Present

   V.J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha NE Art Instructor

1990-2001

   Omaha Public Schools Omaha, NE Art Instructor

1988-1990

   Creighton University Omaha NE-Lecturer of Fine Arts

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2020

Secondary Art Teacher of the Year Award, Nebraska Art Teacher Association

NATA Artist Educator Exhibit, Virtual Juried Exhibition, Omaha, NE

2019

 Kimmel Harding Nelson Arts Center, Nebraska City NE Nebraska Art Teacher Association Invitational

Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE- Nebraska Biennial Juried Exhibition

2018

   Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha NE Benefit Art Auction Juried Exhibition

   Walker Art Gallery, University NE-Kearney, Kearney NE Artist Educator Juried Art Exhibit

   Noyes Art Gallery, Lincoln NE Focus Gallery Invitational

   Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn NE Faculty Art Exhibit

2017

   Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE- Bemis Center’s Benefit Art Auction Juried Exhibition

   Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE- Nebraska Biennial Juried Exhibition

   Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE- Nebraska Art Educator Association Invitational 

   Noyes Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE Focus Gallery Invitational

   Kansas City Art Institute Painting Gallery, Kansas City, MO Invitational

2015

   Weber Fine Arts Gallery, University of NE-Omaha Nebraska -Art Educator Association Invitational Exhibit

   Betty Rymer Gallery at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL- Group Exhibit

   Apollon Art Space, Omaha NE participating artist

   Ferguson Studios, Omaha NE participating artist

   Hot Shops Studios, Omaha NE participating artist

2014

Lounsberry-Williams Studios, Omaha NE participating artist

2013

Lounsberry-Williams Studios, Omaha NE participating artist

2012

Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha NE commissioned paintings in commons

2009

   Omaha Artists and Beyond, artists’ social networking group founder with over 1.4K members

1997

   Thirteenth Street Gallery, Omaha, NE-Exhibiting Member 

1996

   Lied Center for Education in the Arts-Creighton University, Omaha, NE-Purchase Award, Invitational 

1995

   Creighton University Art Gallery, Omaha, NE Women’s Invitational

   Thirteenth Street Gallery, Omaha, NE-Exhibiting Member 

1994

   Hillmer Art Gallery, College of St. Mary, Omaha NE Invitational

   Thirteenth Street Gallery, Omaha NE-Exhibiting Member 

1993

   Thirteenth Street Gallery, Omaha NE-Exhibiting Member 

1990

   Creighton University Art Gallery, Omaha, NE Two person Invitational

1987

   David & Alfred Smart Gallery, Chicago, IL Invitational Exhibition

   Midway Studios, University of Chicago, Chicago IL Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibit

1985

   University of Chicago, Chicago IL Half Tuition Merit Scholarship for Graduate Study in Art

   University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE Full Tuition Merit Scholarship with Stipend for Graduate Study in Art

Artist Statement

Reaction to my subject matter, or to the latest layer of paint, is the driving force of my creative process.  Either way, I’m compelled to respond with expressive line, exaggerated color, and juxtaposition.  Bright alternates with dull, cool with warm, dark with light, and smooth with rough. Scraping through these layers accentuates the visual contrasts. This push and pull of acrylic, oil, or mixed media demand solutions based on my reactions.  Ultimately the completed artwork continues the conversation with each viewer.  Expressive artists such as Vera Klement, Gerhard Richter, Sam Gilliam and Willem de Kooning fuel inspiration for my process.