John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces new senior curator



December 11, 2019
Sheboygan, WI

Contact: Patricia DuChene

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., has named Kaytie Johnson as senior curator. Johnson will assume her duties at the Arts Center in early February.

“Kaytie comes to us with a wealth of experience in curatorial leadership areas that will help propel the Center forward,” said JMKAC Associate Director Amy Horst. “Under her guidance, I am confident that our talented and creative team will continue to develop exhibitions that are relevant to and engage in meaningful dialogue with all our audiences.”

Johnson currently serves as the Bruce Kamerling curator at the San Diego History Center. She has over twenty years’ experience curating and a solid record of developing ambitious, reflective and timely exhibitions, publications and public programs. Johnson fills the Arts Center position vacated by Karen Patterson, who left in June to become the curator at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, PA.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be joining the outstanding team at John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The Arts Center’s national reputation for groundbreaking exhibitions and its exceptional and unique collection are truly inspiring,” said Johnson.

As Bruce Kamerling curator of the San Diego History Center, Johnson oversees all aspects of the Museum’s fine art collection, related exhibitions, research and interpretative programs. Johnson previously served as the Rochelle F. Levy director and chief curator for The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, and director and curator of University Galleries, Museums and Collections at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN. Johnson has developed and presented over 75 exhibitions, and has written for numerous catalogues and publications. She holds a MA in art history and a BA in art history from Arizona State University.

“With her experience developing dynamic and inclusive contemporary art exhibitions and related multidisciplinary programs, we look forward to Kaytie joining us in carrying the Arts Center’s mission forward and engaging with all the communities we serve,” said John Michael Kohler Arts Center Director Sam Gappmayer.

Johnson was selected following a national search guided by Museum Search & Reference. 

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Founded in 1967, JMKAC has achieved national recognition for its innovative programs featuring artist-built environments and for its original exhibitions of contemporary art.

The Arts Center is acclaimed for its efforts in preserving and raising awareness of artist-built environments within the greater context of contemporary art. Its collection of works from these unique sites, now totaling approximately 25,000 objects, is world renowned. In summer 2020, JMKAC will open its new 58,000-sq.-ft. Art Preserve located on 38 acres on Sheboygan’s west side. The Art Preserve will provide the public and researchers with year-round access to its collection through curated tableaux and visible storage.  

The Arts Center’s facility in downtown Sheboygan will continue to present exhibitions and programs that promote understanding and appreciation of the work of contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications.

The Arts Center has a long history of creating exhibitions and presenting performing arts that are primarily artist-driven and is especially interested in providing a platform for artists who have been overlooked or underrepresented.