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James E. Johnson ’66 has been inducted as an AIGA Fellow in The American Institute of Graphic Artists in 2020. 

The AIGA Fellow program recognizes mature designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standard of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as their local AIGA chapter. Contributions in education, writing, and leadership, as well as reputation and the practice of design, are given equal consideration. The Fellow Award is the highest honor an AIGA chapter may bestow upon one of its members.

The AIGA Fellow Award, created to recognize the careers of long-time members of the graphic design field, celebrates those who have made a “significant contribution to raising the standard of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community.” The Award is the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon its members. 

Johnson has worked as a visual artist, graphic designer, and educator for over fifty years. His graphic design firm, JohnsonPLUSJohnson, has worked with clients such as the Minnesota State Fair, the LynLake Neighborhood, the MTC Light Rail System, the Minneapolis Skyway System, and a number of Fortune 500 companies. 

Johnson has previously taught at MCAD and is the co-founder of the Minnesota Graphic Design Association. His work has been exhibited internationally, most notably for the National Gallery of Art in Images of an Era: The American Poster and for the Walker Art Center in Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History.  

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