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The shopping mall is where it all began. As a child, Johnny Cohen could be found wide eyed, hands pressed against the immense, glass windows at the striking displays of Neiman Marcus.  The silhouettes, colors, and stage lighting left him starry eyed. This excitement moved into his playroom where he replicated the colors, inventory, and sounds. 

 

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a BA in Advertising, he found a niche, creating art as a tool for branding. Johnny worked as a visual merchandiser, installing displays to enhance the customer experience. He decided to develop his skills in fashion merchandising, pursuing an MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Luxury and Fashion Management. He quickly realized graphic prototypes and business plans weren't enough. He transitioned to the sculpture program because getting his hands dirty brought back those exciting, childhood memories. Johnny collects consumer goods that are fascinating-whether it be the shape, function, or color making their way into unique compositions that reflect on consumer culture. 

 

Currently, Johnny is a Visual Arts Teacher at Cherokee High School. He teaches introductory courses focused on the elements of art and principles of design. He also teaches upper level courses with advanced processes in drawing, painting, and sculpture. He challenges his students to think like artists in order to discover their own creative process and create a body of work.