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.
CASEY DROEGE CULTURAL PRODUCTIONS (Pittsburgh, PA) 2016 - Jan 2019
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bencivenga, Natalie and Bauknecht, Sara. “Setting the SEEN: Shop regionally made gifts at these new local shops” video interview December, 2018 https://liber.post-gazette.com/video/?v=5979655803001
Artsy. Chernick, Karen. “9 Communal Art Programs That Pay Artists to Create Experimental Work.” April, 2018.
Moxie Magazine, Nicolette Kalafatis. “Small Mall, Bridging the Gap for Local Artists”. November, 2018.
Table Magazine. Fall issue. 2018.
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.
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. https://kelly-strayhorn.org/ 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.
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)
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
Spanish, English and French