Tonika Lewis Johnson

“In this day and age, how we transport information is primarily visual. It’s through the application of photography and visuals that allows artists to tell their stories”

Tonika Johnson is a visual artist/photographer from Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood. She was featured in Chicago Magazine as a 2017 Chicagoan of the Year for her photography of Englewood's everyday beauty, countering its pervasive media coverage of poverty and crime. Her "Everyday Englewood," photography was exhibited at Loyola University's Museum of Art (LUMA) in early 2018. Her current project, Folded Map, visually investigates disparities among Chicago residents while bringing them together to have a conversation, was also exhibited at LUMA in 2018 from July-October. In January 2019, Columbia College Chicago named a scholarship after her.
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A 2017 Chicagoan Of The Year  
Chicago Magazine

Creator of Folded Map 
Chicago Tribune

The Next Generation of Philanthrophy
Columbia College Chicago