The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts
2001 - 2017
The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in
2001, the centenary of the birth of William H. Johnson. Inspired by
Johnson's story, the Foundation sought to encourage early-career
African American artists by awarding annually one $25,000 William H.
Johnson Prize and at least one $1000 Finalist Prize. Visual artists
working in all media were encouraged to apply, and between 2002 and
2017, more than $400,000 was awarded to 16 Prize Winners and 25
Victoria Dailey and Steve Turner established the Foundation and
served as board members throughout the Foundation's existence. The
following board members also served at various times:
Janine Barrois, Ralph Clark, Robert C. Davidson, Jr., William J.
Galloway, Eungie Joo, Dee Kerrison, Bernard Kinsey, Arthur Lewis, Hau
Nguyen, V. Joy Simmons, M.D. and Franklin Sirmans.
Extraordinary financial support was provided by JoAnn Busuttil, Eileen
Norton and the Steve Martin Charitable Trust.
The jury process was organized by Rebecca Snodgrass (2002-2014)
and Kris Kuramitsu (2015-2017).
Thank you to every artist who submitted an application; every juror
who served on a selection committee and every supporter who made a