2004 MFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston

2001 BFA San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco


Nominated for 2011 Santa Fe Prize. Center Santa Fe

Nominated for 2010 Baum Award. SF CameraWork

Runner Up- 2008 Aperture Portfolio Prize

Recipient- Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant


Paris Photo LA. Represented by Pictura Gallery. Los Angeles CA.

Pulse New York. Represented by Pictura Gallery. New York NY.

Landscapes, Henry Zarrow Center for Art. University of Tulsa. Tulsa OK (solo)

Regarding Leisure. University of North Florida Art Gallery. Jacksonville FL.

Works from the Permanent Collection. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City. MO

Other Pictures, Alibi Fine Art. Chicago IL (solo)

Postmodern Documents. Syo Gallery. Daegu, South Korea.

Postmodern Documents. ADM Gallery. Nanyang Technological Institute. Singapore.

Postmodern Documentary Photography. Purdue University. West Lafayette IN (catalogue)

The National. Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Fort Wayne IN

The Middle. The University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery. Lawrence KS

Local Weather Pictura Gallery. Bloomington IN (solo)

Festival Internacional de Fotografia. Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (catalogue)

A Total Spectacle. Atomic Centre. Winnipeg, Canada

In God We Trust. Zacheta National Gallery of Art. Warsaw Poland

Post Human Nature. International Humanities Center. University of California-Santa Barbara

Green. Silver Eye Center for Photography. Pittsburgh PA

Multicultural Expressions of Faith. Xavier University Art Gallery. Cincinnati OH. (catalogue)

DIY: Photographers and Books. Cleveland Museum of Art, OH. (catalogue)

Summer of Photography Festival. Brussels, Belgium

City Pictures. Corridor Art Space. Gould Evans Architecture. Kansas City MO (solo)

Transience Gallery Huit. Penang, Malaysia. (catalogue)

Politicizing Aesthetics. University of South Dakota. Vermillion SD

Overlook. Spray Booth Gallery. Kansas City MO

An Exchange with Sol Lewitt (organized by Cabinet Magazine) Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
North Adams MA. (catalogue)

Local Weather. Gallery Kayafas. Boston MA (solo)

Local Weather Alibi Fine Art. Chicago IL (solo)

Transience. 2011 Gallery Huit Salon. Arles, France. (catalogue)

Suburbia. Platform Gallery. International Humanities Center/ University of California-Santa Barbara

Mega Churches. 930 Art Center. Louisville KY (solo)

City Pictures. Pictura Gallery. Bloomington IN (two person show with Aaron Collusi)

Departures. Ben Shahn Art Gallery. William Paterson University NJ.

Snow. XL Projects. Syracuse University. Syracuse NY.

Mega Churches. Redux Contemporary Art Center. Charleston SC (solo)

Mega Churches Gallery Kayafas. Boston MA (solo)

Foci Art. In conjuntion with Art Miami Basel. Miami FL

Urban Legends Rural Myths. Purdue University. West Lafayette IN (catalogue)

Mega Churches. Beach Museum of Art. Kansas State University (solo)

Mega Churches. Silver Eye Center for Photography. Pittsburgh PA (two person show)

From the Inside Singer Editions. Boston MA

Rear Window. Flatfile Gallery. Chicago IL (solo)

City Pictures. Gallery Kayafas. Boston MA (solo)

DeCordova Annual Exhibition. DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Lincoln MA (catalogue)

After Hopper. Bonni Benrubi Gallery. New York NY

Eirik Johnson and Joe Johnson. Angie Newman Johnson Gallery. Ainslie Arts Center, Alexandria, VA (two person show)

City Pictures. SCAT Gallery. Somerville MA (solo)


It's Nice That. Com Joe Johnson Photographs the Uneven Playing Field of Reno's Neon Landscape

A Very Short Introduction to African American Religion. Essay by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Oxford University Press

Making Suburbia. Essay by Assistant Professor Charity R Carney. Steven F. Austin State, Texas University of Minnesota Press.

Megachurches Use Elaborate Sets and Easy Parking to Amplify God’s Voice. By Pete Brook Wired Magazine/ Raw File.

Provocative, politically minded artwork challenges consumer culture and art’s place within it. By Steven Leyden Cochrance. Winnipeg Free Press

DIY: Photographers and Books. Barbara Tannenbaum. Cleveland Museum of Art

Mega Churches. Editorial Feature. Esquire Magazine-Russian Edition Print

Politicizing Aesthetics. Monica Herman. University of South Dakota Art Galleries

Joe Johnson.Review. Ann Wilson Lloyd. Art in America

Mega Churches. Esquire Magazine On-Line Russian Edition

Joe Johnson/Alibi Fine Art. Michael Weinstein Newcity Art Chicago IL

An Exchange with Sol Lewitt. Regine Basha. Mass MoCA/Cabinet Magazine (catalogue)

Into the Wild Unknown. Cate McQuade. The Boston Globe

Religion and Rituals. YVI Magazine #4 The Netherlands

On Any Given Sunday. Diane Heilenman. Louisville Courier Journal. Louisville KY

Mega Churches by Joe Johnson. Erica Lawson. Louisville Arts Review. Louisville KY

Inaugural Exhibition/Alibi Fine Art. Michael Weinstein Newcity Art. Chicago IL

A Vegas Style Staging of the Scripture. Kate McQuade. The Boston Globe

Intended Consequences: Redux Photography Exhibitions Explores Cultural Connotations of Sacred Space. Adam Parker Charleston Post and Courier

Detailed Images of the Megachurch Phenomenon. Interview by Alison Zavos. Feature Shoot

Boston Exposures: Photographs by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson. Greg Cook. Boston Phoenix

Mega Churches. Feature. Daylight Magazine Multimedia Podcast

‘Surface’ Goes Beyond that with Depths to Engage the Audience. John Carlos- Cantu Ann Arbor News

Reflecting the Here and Hereafter. Cate McQuaid Boston Globe

Controlled Chaos. Cate McQuaid Boston Globe

Renegade Art. Christopher Millis Boston Phoenix

DeCordova Annual Exhibition. Leon Ni Artscope Magazine

Local Color at DeCordova. Alexander Stevens Wellesley Townsman

Lucia Pagliari and Others After Hopper. Grace Glueck The New York Times


Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Boston MA
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City MO
Beach Art Museum. Kansas State University
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Lincoln MA
Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Fort Wayne IN


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City MO
Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh PA
San Francisco Art Institute
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Lincoln MA
Beach Museum of Art. Kansas State University
Redux Contemporary Art. Charleston SC
930 Art Center. Louisville KY
Museum of Greater Lafayette. West Lafayette IN
Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green OH
Providence College- Providence Rhode Island
Rhode Island College- Providence Rhode Island
Indiana University. Bloomington IN
Massachusetts College of Art. Boston MA
Columbia College. Columbia MO
Stonehill College. Easton MA
Emerson College. Boston MA