John “Wiley” Johnson, Jr.
Wiley Johnson is a 34-year-old “outside artist” from Raleigh, NC who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD. He has taken a few classes, but been inspired by life around him, walks in many parks, and various museums. Painting has been peaceful, happy experience and a therapeutic way for him to spend his time alone, particularly after his only sibling, a brother, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2011.
Current Exhibits/Available for Purchase at:
Raleigh Women’s Club, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612-4811-Jan. 2020 (Solo exhibit)
Extraordinare Art Gallery and Emporium, Triangle Town Center, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616
Artspace Gift Shop, 201 Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Upcoming Solo Exhibits:
MOFU, 321 S. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601-Feb. 2020
Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, NC - 3/1/2021-4/15/2021
Recent Past Exhibits/Sales Events
Brushes with Life Gallery, NC Memorial Hospital, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 2013-2019
An Evening with Arts Access, NC Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC- 12/3/2019
Artspace Spring Market, 201 Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-May 4, 2019
ImaginAbility Conference, Brooks Ave. Church of Christ, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh, NC-2/23/19
Levin Jewish Community Center,1937 West Cornwallis Rd., Durham NC 27705- Feb. 2018 and 2019
An Evening with Arts Access, Artspace, 201 E. Davie St. Raleigh, NC 27601-11/27/2018
“The Walls We Build: (dis)Ability” -Pleiades Arts Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701- May 4-25, 2018- Guest artist
ULTRALIGHT II: sponsored by Visual Art Exchange at United Arts Council- 410 Glenwood Ave., Ste 170, Raleigh, NC "Uplifting" was Wiley’s entry. May 4 - 25, 2018
ULTRALIGHT: sponsored by Visual Art Exchange, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh NC 27601. "Darkness Streams" was Wiley’s entry. May 5-25, 2017
Earlier Exhibits/Sales Events :
Wiley was a First-place winner at the local and district Woman’s Club of Raleigh local Arts Festival in 2013 and received a certificate of merit for his entry at the state level. He received several awards at the local level in 2014 and had a month exhibition at the Woman's Club with King N. Godwin. Wiley has also displayed paintings at Mercury Studio in Durham, NC and Extraordinary Ventures in Chapel Hill, NC. Other establishments that have displayed his paintings include: Affordable Creative Framer & Art, Isaac Hunter’s Tavern, Sertoma Art Center and , and HANDmeUPs in Raleigh, NC.