Richard Johnson earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing from the University of Iowa, and has resided in Jerome, Arizona (population 450) since 1980. He lives in a sculptural house of his own design. In 1987 Richard received a Fulbright Fellowship for independent research in the traditional masked rituals in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where he spent 10 1/2 months. Upon his return he founded The Jerome Kids' Art Workshop, and in the early and mid 1990's it was quite common to see a parade of children on the streets of Jerome, showing off their masks, costumes and sculptures created in the workshop. Twenty years later (today), the program continues.
Most recently, Richard has been developing workshops and seminars which benefit both students and teachers. These workshops meet the Nevada State's learning objectives and standards for art at the various age and grade levels.