Richard Johnston

1942 – 2017

Born in Kankakee, Ill, Richard’s family relocated to Southern California when he was young.  Attending ceramic artist Marguirite Wildenhain’s Pond Farm, El Camino College, working for Charles and Ray Eames, led Richard to Cranbrook Academy of Art earning an MFA in small metals. Upon graduation, Richard was lured to the mountains of Utah by Doug Snow, also a Cranbrook graduate. Richard taught for the next 25 years, building a legacy of public work and establishing The Depot in North Salt Lake. He transitioned from Director of the Salt Lake Art Center to founding Director of the Robert Fullerton Museum of Art at California State University San Bernardino and Professor of Art for the next 25 years. He retired to northern Utah in 2016.

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