Select Projects

PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER (Pittsburgh, PA) 2019 - Jan 2021

Lead Curator. “The United” an exhibition focused on the topic of immigration. 

Pittsburgh Glass Center is an important arts organization in Pittsburgh that is helping the city connect its history as a major producer in glass to its creative future through the innovative use of glass as art.


Assistant Director

Casey Droege Cultural Productions is an artist-run/woman-owned business dedicated to building the Pittsburgh arts community by offering accessible, quality art experiences that connect the local and the global, encourage the growth of a local arts economy, and build a diverse arts audience. Along with their three keystone programs, they support creatives and businesses through exhibitions, commercial ventures, public programming, and consulting services.

Small Mall (Pittsburgh, PA) 2018 - Jan 2019

Small Mall is the concept store for Casey Droege Cultural Productions, an experimental retail space selling and showcasing art and design objects from some of the region's most talented makers.

SIX x ATE (Pittsburgh, PA)  2016 - Jan 2019

A roving dinner and lecture series promoting Pittsburgh artists. To date, SIX x ATE has produced nineteen distinct, themed curatorial events that have been hosted at venues including MOCA, Cleveland; Carnegie International’s Apartment and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

CSA PGH, Community Supported Art (Pittsburgh, PA)  2016 - Jan 2019

An innovative twist on the agricultural model, CSA PGH is part of a national artist-driven movement that commissions artists to produce works that are then grouped and sold to the public as shares.  To date, the program has commissioned close to thirty artists and produced over 200 shares.    

Select Press:

PGH Photo Fair (Pittsburgh, PA)  2016 - Jan 2019

Pittsburgh’s first and only art fair promoting photography within the contemporary and fine-art market. Each year, 13 dealers and photography projects exhibit museum-quality prints and photo-based art spanning the history of the medium, from 19th Century vintage prints to contemporary photography, alongside photographic books and photo-based magazines. 

Select Press:

  • NEXT Pittsburgh. Baron, Jennifer. “One-of-a-kind PGH Photo Fair returns to Carnegie Museum of Art.” April, 2017 

  • Post Gazette. “Photography Talks.” February, 2017

  • Post Gazette. “Collectors can browse and buy books and photographs at Pittsburgh   Photo Fair.” May, 2016

  • The Glassblock. “Photography, the Art Market, and Pittsburgh: The PGH Photo Fair Returns.” May, 2016

Select Visiting Artist Lectures/Presentations/Critiques

2018 - Present Member of the Network for Arts Administrators of Color (NAA). Pittsburgh, PA

2019 Critique. New Hazel Theater CSA Program. ‘You Can Call Me Al’ Is A Story Worth Telling. Pittsburgh, PA

2018 - 2019   Factory Fellow Member. Mattress Factory Museum. Pittsburgh, PA

2018             Guest Curator. Brew House Association. The Distillery Program. Pittsburgh, PA

2018 Lecture. GPAC (Greater Pittsburgh Art Council). Project Planning/Management Steps and Components lecture. Pittsburgh, PA

2018              Keyword International Awardee. Carnegie Museum of Art and Kelly Strayhorn Theater: Research, a public symposium, and a publication. community/keyword-international/ Pittsburgh, PA

2018 Advisory Panel Member of Alloy PGH. Rivers of Steel Arts and Kipp Gallery of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA

2018 Living Book Nomination. Carlow University’s Grace Library-Human Library. Pittsburgh, PA

2017 Lecture. Grove City College, Why contemporary Art is Important, Grove City, PA

2017             Lecture. Flight School Fellowship. Project Planning. Pittsburgh, PA

2017 Panel Discussion. Multi Hyphenate. CDCP Gallery a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Pittsburgh, PA

2017 PechaKucha Presentation. City of Asylum, Pittsburgh, PA

2017 Studio visits. CSA PGH 2017. Pittsburgh, PA

2017 Lecture and workshop. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Pittsburgh, PA

2017             Critique. New Hazel Theater CSA Program and Glassblock. Choreographer Lindsay Fisher Lets Us In Over Exposed. Pittsburgh, PA

2015 Critique. Luis Noboa Naranjo Museum. Abstract Series of Artist Marcos Santos Espinel. Guayaquil, Ecuador

2015 Juror. Book Launch. “About the Genius Medardo.” Guayaquil, Ecuador  


2018   Camouflage, Artists, Jo-Anne Bates, John Eastman, Ivette Spradlin, Lenore Thomas and Scott Turri. CDCP Gallery, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2018   Mingle/Mangle, Artists: Darnell Chambers, Lenka Clayton, Larry Cressman, Caldwell Linker, Jovencito de la Paz and Rachel Schmidhofer,  CDCP Gallery, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2017  “may you live in interesting times”, Artists: Sarika Goulatia, Brenda Rogers and Thomas waters. Curator: Vicky A. Clark, CDCP Gallery, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2017         CSA PGH Small Mall Market, Selected CSA Artists, Space Gallery, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2017         Quid Pro Quo, Artists: Rose Clancy, Ashley Jones, Mark Franchino & Naomi Chambers, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, (Indiana, PA)

2017         CSA PGH Remix, Artists: Past CSA PGH editioned artwork along with new work from selected alum, CDCP Gallery, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2016   State-Of-The-Art Inconveniences, Artists: Rodney Allen Trice & Dyer Fields, GalleriE Chiz, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2016         Narratives: reveries of Reality, Artists: Linsay Feuer, Elizabeth Fortunato & Brian Sesack, GalleriE Chiz, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2016   OUT: A Salon de Refusés from the AAP 105th Annual Submissions, Featured 17 local artists, GalleriE Chiz, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2016   Anthropology: Tales of Land, Sea & Sky, Artist: Cynthia Consentino, GalleriE Chiz, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2016         Et Tu Brut, featured 9 from the US and Canada, GalleriE Chiz, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2016  Ramín, Artist: Aurora Zanabria, Plaza Garibaldi, (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 

2014         305 Mega Pascales, Artist: Claudia Muñoz, Anthropological and Contemporary Art Museum, (Guayaquil, Ecuador)

Select Additional Press 

  • Independent short film. Bernabo, David. “Cooking with Johanna Lasner.” March, 2018.

  • Expreso Newspaper. Coronel, Maria Josefa. “Johanna Lasner: El Arte Transforma la Vida Humana.” February, 2018.

  • Porter Loves Creative. “Multidisciplinary Artist Johanna Lasner.” December, 2017.

  • Recital online magazine. Bernabo, David. “Producing Culture: An interview with Johanna Lasner” September, 2017.

  • The Glassblock. “Photographing Neoliberalism: A Conversation with Daniel Shea.” April, 2017.

  • The Glassblock. “Photography Shapes Our View of the World: An interview with Melissa Catanese.” March, 2017.

Community Work

2008 - Current  Translator and Photographer, Mill Woods Assembly Medical & Dental Mission Program (Guatemala city, Guatemala)

2016 - 2017      Volunteer, GalleriE Chiz, (Pittsburgh, PA)

2016   Photographer, “Latinas Connect” Committee (Pittsburgh, PA) 

2016    Volunteer, Mattress Factory Museum, (Pittsburgh, PA)

Professional Experience

2009 – 2012   RUSVM Preparatory School, all levels Spanish teacher, English Pre-K Teacher & Art Teaching Assistant. St. Kitts, West Indies

2007  Independent Film, Assistant Set Designer. Edmonton, Canada

2003 – 2005  TC Televisión, Tv Set Designer. Guayaquil, Ecuador

2002 – 2005  Interior Designer. London, England. Private residential design clients, planning and presenting mood boards, color palette and finishes selection. Also, consulting about budgeting, interpretation of blueprints, design process.

1998 – 2002  Paint Effects Artist. London, England. Application of paint effects for residential projects: marble, wood,            distressing, stucco, stone, washes etc.

1997 – 2002 Health Centers, Administrative Office Manager. London, England.

1993 – 1996 American Airlines, Security Supervisors & General Manager Assistant. Guayaquil, Ecuador

1989 – 1995 tv cable s.a., Administrative Office Manager. Guayaquil, Ecuador


2008 - 2017 University of Specialties Espíritu Santo, Curator and Critic of Art. Magna Cum Laude. Guayaquil, Ecuador 

2017            Node Curatorial Studies Online, Key Moments in the History of Curating. Berlin, Germany

2016            Node Curatorial Studies Online, Project and Processes of Artist Creation & Conceptualization. Berlin, Germany

2016            Node Curatorial Studies Online, Exhibition Design. Berlin, Germany

2016            Node Curatorial Studies Online, New Curatorial Strategies, Beyond the White Cube. Berlin, Germany

2015            Node Curatorial Studies Online, Art Gallery Management. Berlin, Germany

2015            Node Curatorial Studies Online, Contemporary Photography. Berlin, Germany   

2015            Node Curatorial Studies Online, Art & Marketing. Berlin, Germany

2000 - 2002 Richmond Adult & Community College, HNC Interior Design. London, England 

1998 - 999   Richmond Adult & Community College, Access Interior Design. London, England 

1996 - 1997 East Berkshire College, Creative Studies. Langley, England 

1989 - 1991 Catholic University Santiago of Guayaquil, Law School. Guayaquil, Ecuador


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