Johnny Coleman has created sound installations for Arts institutions throughout the U.S. including the following: Fort Wayne Museum of Art, N’Namdi Contemporary Center for the Arts (Detroit), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH.), MOCA Cleveland, Akron Museum of Art, SPACES Gallery (Cleveland), Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, El Centro Cultural (San Diego, CA), Randolph Street (Chicago, Ill), California Center for the Arts (Escondido, CA), Hall Walls (Buffalo, NY), William King Museum of Art (Abington, VA), University of Northern Iowa, Wooster Art Museum (Wooster, OH), and David Zapf Gallery (San Diego, CA). Over the last twenty five years, he has worked collaboratively with a range of poets, musicians, dancers, and visual artists across the United States. Additionally, he has performed on stage at BAM, Majestic Theater: Next Wave Festival ’96, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the following: Fort Wayne Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The California Center for the Arts, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and extensive private collections.
Johnny Coleman holds a joint appointment in the departments of Art and African American Studies at Oberlin College. Research interests include the African roots of the banjo, furniture design, and the maroon communities of the Great Dismal Swamp.