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Marie Johnson-Calloway

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Apples
Favorite Time of Year:
March
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You Don't Know Where You're Going Until You Know Where You've Been.

Birthplace

Born:
4/10/1920
Birth Location:
Pimlico, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Apples
Favorite Time of Year:
March
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You Don't Know Where You're Going Until You Know Where You've Been.

Birthplace

Born:
4/10/1920
Birth Location:
Pimlico
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Biography

Marie Johnson-Calloway was born Marie Edwards on April 10, 1920, in Pimlico, Maryland. Johnson-Calloway attended an all girls’ high school in Baltimore, Maryland, and received her teaching certificate from Coppin Teachers College in Baltimore in 1939. Receiving her B.A. degree from Morgan State University in 1952, Johnson-Calloway would later earn her M.F.A. degree from San Jose State University in California. In 1975, Johnson-Calloway received her doctoral equivalency degree from San Francisco State University.

During the early 1950s, Johnson-Calloway traveled around the United States with her first husband, U.S. Air Force doctor Arthur Johnson. While Johnson was stationed in Alaska, Johnson-Calloway held her first art exhibit. After Johnson-Calloway’s husband left the service, her family moved to San Jose, California, where she was hired as the first African American public school teacher in San Jose. Continuing to paint while running San Jose’s Mecca Art Gallery, Johnson-Calloway later became an art teacher for the Santa Clara School District. In 1969, Johnson-Calloway became an assistant professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and San Jose State University. From 1973 to 1983, Johnson-Calloway worked as an associate professor in the art department of the San Francisco State University.

Johnson-Calloway’s paintings, based on her memories of life in the South, have been exhibited throughout the United States and Japan. Some of Johnson-Calloway’s exhibits included Hope Street: Church Mothers, Mama’s Room, Passages, and Marie Johnson-Calloway On Stage: A Retrospective, 1950-1999. Many of Johnson-Calloway’s creations are part of permanent museum collections and private collections. A sought after presenter and lecturer, Johnson-Calloway received awards from the Women’s Caucus for the arts of Northern California, the San Francisco Library Foundation Award, the Pioneers of African American Art, and the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts.

Johnson-Calloway passed away on February 11, 2018 at age 97.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marie Johnson-Calloway lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her mother's childhood in Manning, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her mother's educational work for the African American community in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes meeting her estranged paternal aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her education in segregated Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about skipping grades in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her school years in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes influential teachers at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her childhood best friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her father's funeral
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes attending Coppin Teachers College in Baltimore, Maryland and her early teaching career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her teaching and job with the War Production Board
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marie Johnson-Calloway remembers living in a trailer in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her art and creative writing classes at Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her family's move to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1952
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marie Johnson-Calloway remembers starting to paint in Alaska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her life and artwork in Alaska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes integrated living in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes moving to San Jose, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marie Johnson-Calloway recounts finding a teaching position in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marie Johnson-Calloway remembers integrating her neighborhood in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about adjusting to San Jose, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her friendship with HistoryMaker Willy T. Ribbs' family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her graduate art studies at San Jose State College and Stanford University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marie Johnson-Calloway remembers organizing an NAACP chapter in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about resistance to civil rights issues at Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her curriculum on African American artists at San Jose State University in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes African American professors at San Jose State University in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marie Johnson-Calloway remembers her involvement with the Selma Civil Rights March, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marie Johnson-Calloway remembers her involvement with the Selma Civil Rights March, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her experience in the 3rd Selma Civil Rights March
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her trip to Ghana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marie Johnson-Calloway explains how she was hired to teach art at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marie Johnson-Calloway remembers participating in various art shows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about the origins of her assemblage work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about awards and publicity for her art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her exhibit 'Hope Street'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marie Johnson-Calloway explains the evolution of her art from abstract to autobiographical
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marie Johnson-Calloway explains how she creates an assemblage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her various artistic mediums and styles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her friendship with jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marie Johnson-Calloway recounts her son's reunion with jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about the other artists in her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marie Johnson-Calloway reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marie Johnson-Calloway shares her values and message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Marie Johnson-Calloway reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Marie Johnson-Calloway describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Marie Johnson-Calloway talks about her second husband, Charles Calloway
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Marie Johnson-Calloway narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Marie Johnson-Calloway narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Marie Johnson-Calloway narrates her photographs, pt. 3