Charlie J. Johnston: Turning Life into Art

Charlie J. Johnston: Turning Life into Art

Explorer Glacier, Turnagain Arm Alaska by Charlie Johnston

February 29 - October 24, 2020

The Prehistoric Museum, USU Eastern presents Charlie J. Johnston: Turning Life into Art. The exhibition opens to the public Saturday, February 29th in the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the second floor of the museum.

This exhibition tells the story of naturalist Charlie J. Johnston, through his paintings, natural history collections, and detailed sketch books. He served as the Curator of Exhibitions at the Science Museum of Minnesota, as the first national Interpretive Specialist for the Fish and Wildlife Services, and as artist and naturalist for the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center of Minnesota and for Oregon’s West Eugene Wetlands Partnership.

Charlie JohnstonCharlie was selected as the Artist in Residence for the Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim in 2007. He has had solo exhibitions in Moab, Salt Lake City, and galleries in Oregon, Minnesota, and featured in the Alaska Parks. Charlie splits his year between Alaska and Utah painting, journaling and exploring the west with his wife Elaine. “I made my art an integral part of my life and my careers”.  CJ.

The Prehistoric Museum is located at 155 East Main Street, Price, Utah. The museum features fossils and artifacts from Utah. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. General admission rates apply.

For questions please contact: Head of Exhibits:
Sandra Budd, 435.613.5760,

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