Transforming Lives, Transforming Generations
Ms. d'Elaine Johnson has used her own life as an example of being the very best of what lies within the human spirit. Ms. Johnson owes her education to winning art scholarships from Central Washington University where she graduated at the top of her class with a bachelor's degree in art education. Later she earned a master's in fine arts from the University of Washington.
From 1954 to 1978, Ms. Johnson taught art, mostly in high schools. Once becoming a full-time artist, she produced a collection of over 1,000 pieces exploring themes related directly to myths of the sea and world cultures through symbolic imagery. During her distinguished career, she has exhibited more than 700 times around the globe; is a many-time recipient of awards, recognitions, and scholarships; and is listed in university, regional, national, and international Who's Who Scholars.
Ms. Johnson is an advocate and inspiration to Edmonds CC students and her art can be found gracing the walls of multiple buildings across campus with large features in Lynnwood Hall and Mill Creek Hall. The
Ms. d'Elaine Johnson's husband, the late Mr. John Johnson, once said, "We have put into place our trust into the most secure investment possible, the hearts and minds of our worthy young people."
The Johnson's endowed gift will elevate the arts, music, drama, and horticulture programs at Edmonds Community College. Additionally by establishing a robust scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in arts, music, drama, and horticulture, the Johnson's will pass on their legacy of art excellence and provide hope and inspiration for future generations.