|About the Artist:
Mary Shannon Johnstone received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (’96), and MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (’01). She has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, Durham, Raleigh, and Rochester. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Best of Competition awards in the North Carolina Annual Photographers Exhibition. Her work has appeared in American Photo, Outdoor Photography, Popular Photography, and Peterson's PhotoGraphics. Her work was also selected by Algonquin Books as the cover image for "If You Want Me To Stay", a novel by Michael Parker. In 2008, Johnstone was chosen as one 15 photographers for the highly competitive "Pause, To Begin" photography project. Most recently Johnstone was awarded the 2009 Carter Foundation Scholarship from Maine Media Workshops. She is also one of Photolucida's 2009 Critical Mass Top 50 photographers, which was awarded by vote from over 200 gallery directors and curators nationwide. Currently her work is featured on the 2009 cover of the North Carolina Literary Review and the Winter issue of Visual Overture Magazine. Johnstone is a tenured Associate Professor of Art at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.