Boneyard Arts Festival


Congratulations to Judith Adnama Johnson!

40 North is thrilled to announce the Signature Image for the 2017 Boneyard Arts Festival! After evaluating 80+ outstanding submissions, a panel of local arts professionals selected Judith Adanma Johnson's "Berühre mein Herz" (Touch My Heart), multimedia collage, to be the signature image of the 2017 Boneyard Arts Festival!

 “In the past, my work has been very reactionary.  I would dance and paint alone and without fearing any judgement.  There was very little thought involved and I let myself see the colors of the music and paint it.  There is definitely still an element of that, but my pieces have become more intimate and slow.  I have to make each decision very carefully when I collage.  My initial drawing and painting retains that level of reaction, but when I choose to cut, place, and combine them, it has to be very careful and thoughtful.  This way of working has been a challenge for me, but a very exciting challenge!  "Berühre mein Herz", which translates to Touch My Heart, was an absolute joy to create.  It is the product of self-acceptance, and allowing myself to take joy in the moments I may usually ignore.  2016 was a year of bad news, hard work, illness, and strife.  Taking time to slow down, look around, and listen, has been essential to my happiness and positivity, and I think that's reflected in this piece.  The name is important to remember while looking at this work as well.  It's positive and joyful, yet it's a request.  I'm asking to be touched.  The universe has answered with a resounding YES.  I'm excited to continue walking this path.”

 Judith Adanma Johnson is an artist working in the Champaign Urbana area.  Judith graduated with a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.F.A. in Art Therapy from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in 2003.  Since graduation, she has had her work shown in many juried group shows and solo shows in the Chicago area and locally.  Judith lives in Mahomet, Illinois with her husband and two sons.  She is on the autism spectrum along with her eldest son, and credits that for her unique sensory experiences and approach to creating art.  She works in an abstract expressionist style collaging different materials together and, using vibrant colors and various textures, creates an interactive experience with the viewer. 

About Boneyard

Presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West, the Boneyard Arts Festival is a four-day event showcasing the broad range of creative activity flourishing in our community. Its goal is to bring together local artists, businesses and organizations for a special event showcasing the art of Champaign County.

More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique countywide celebration that takes place in a wide variety of venues (over 90!) -- both traditional (theaters, cafes, galleries & museums) and non-traditional (salons & retail stores) -- and features the work of literally hundreds of artists. Sculptors, weavers, painters, photographers and other visual artists join musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds in sharing their creativity throughout Champaign, Urbana, U of I Campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

The festival stimulates cultural, economic, social and educational growth by providing an opportunity for people of every age, background and interest to participate.

*provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors
*demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses
*illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business
*demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces
*promote the cultural vibrancy of our community -- a great place to live and visit * bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts
*provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community
*celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County

Kelly White
Executive Director