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ATEC MFA Student’s Work Featured in New York Times

ATEC MFA student Nitashia Johnson’s work was featured in a photo essay published June 19 in The New York Times. In “Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America,” essayist Debra Willis describes the photos as “deeply insightful storytelling” that express identity in a time of global pandemic, unemployment and protests to end police brutality.

Johnson was invited to submit photos by Times staff whom she had met during Sony Corp.’s six-month Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program in 2019 when she had exhibits in New York and Los Angeles.

Johnson said she selected photos that represent her documentation of the ways in which she was able to amplify Black voices as an artist and also to find rest and peace during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent racial protests.

Johnson, who is working on a Master of Fine Arts in creative practice, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. She is the creator of “The Self Publication,” a photographic book series that combats stereotypes of the Black community.

Read about Nitashia Johnson in the UT Dallas News Center story “Geospatial Researcher, Fine Arts Student Earn Recognition.”