In His Words
My [CCA] degree provided me with the technical skills and professional contacts to fuel my ever-expanding desire to make. The instructors I bonded with during my time at CCA are still active supporters of my endeavors. I left the college with a business-oriented approach to getting my artwork — and myself — out into the world.
Mark Johnsen is a current interdisciplinary artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in the Marin Headlands, where he practices printmaking and photography.
He’s had his work featured at such venues as Alite Designs, and in partnership with The North Face, Johnsen was commissioned to make a body of prints that document U.S. Route 395 in California’s eastern Sierras. The resulting work comprised a solo artist exhibition in Tokyo in July of 2015. The work was directly inspired by Utagawa Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō.
Additionally, from his relationship with The North Face, Johnsen taught printmaking practices to Japanese students during several public workshops.
Carole Jeung introduced me to printmaking, brought in interesting guest lecturers, and prepared me for life outside of college and in the art world.
Susan Ciriclio strengthened my visual communication skills through rigorous critique and writing. She also helped me market myself as an artist and understand the professional market.
Franklin Williams was an endless fountain of inspiration. His talks and one-on-one mentorship continue to make an impact in my daily life.
Today Johnsen works the media manager of the Media Services on the San Francisco campus, where he continues to connect professionally.