Mariah Johnson was born in 1991 in upstate New York. She began her art education studying drawing, painting, graphic design; as well as digital and film photography at Hudson Valley Community College, where she acquired her Associate of Science, in Fine Art degree in 2012. While there, she was selected to be apart of two juried exhibitions in the campus gallery, where she worked as a receptionist at the front desk and installing/deinstalling exhibitions. During this time, she received multiple awards from The Teaching Gallery on campus for 'Excellence in Fine Art' and 'Excellence in Gallery Management.' While pursuing her degree, her professor; fine artist and musician, Thomas Lail, was very influential and encouraging, leading her to apply, and ultimately, the opportunity to showcase her painting Final Sill Life (2011,) which was selected for two exhibitions at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York; ‘The 2012 Spring SUNY Art Student Exhibition,’ and ‘The 2012 Best of Show SUNY Art Student Exhibition.’ Additionally, between 2011-2014, she was represented and promoted by local commercial gallery, ART!, in Troy, New York by local artist Mary Wheeler.
Furthering her education, Mariah went on to receive her Bachelor's of Science, in Visual Arts, from the State University of New York at New Paltz, Magna Cum Laude in 2014. During her two years there, she was featured in three exhibitions; including A Collective (2014,) for graduating BSVA students, for which she was also worked as co-curator, specifically towards installation. While attending SUNY New Paltz, Mariah cultivated an acute attention to form and materials through courses focusing on three-dimensional studio practices, which continues to resonate in her current work. The series of works from this time consist of alluring representations of memories, and focuses on tender, emotional associations that people place on belongings; whose forms have been manipulated or created to represent the fragility of memory and how that may affect perceptions of objects over time.
Mariah Johnson currently lives and works in Boston, MA while attending the Massachusetts College of Art and Design as a MFA Candidate in the General Three Dimensional Program. In 2015, she exhibited her work in the group exhibition; Thing. Place. Person. at Arnheim Gallery. Along with continuing her studio work, Mariah works as a teaching assistant in multiple studios at MassArt including ceramics, handmade paper, bookmaking, and artist writing; as well as volunteers working with Clay for Change for Haley House in Boston.