Darlene Johnson, PSA

3950 South Pin Oak Avenue

New Orleans, Louisiana 70131


Darlene is a signature member of The Pastel Society of America. She is the recipient of a five-week study residency from Association des Amis de la Grande Vigne, Atelier d’Ariste, Manoir de Ferron, Dinan, France.

Also the recipient of a four week residency at Montana Artists Refuge in Basin, Montana. USA. Her work has been selected for inclusion in The Art Embassies Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She also has been featured in the newsletters of Degas Pastel Society of New Orleans, Central Texas Pastel Society and Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.

A selected list of her scholarships and exhibitions includes:

Jazz Fest Featured Artist Basin, Montana 2005.

Zigler Museum of Art  3 Person Exhibit  Jennings, Louisiana  2005

Best of Show  New Orleans Art Association New Orleans, LA 2005

One Woman Exhibit Arts & Frames Gallery, Covington, Louisiana 2005

The Degas Pastel Society 10th Biennial National Exhibition- Bryant Gallery, New Orleans and Lauren Rogers Museum of Art,

Laurel, Mississippi. 2004

Honorable Mention, LaFond Galleries’ Tenth Annual National Juried Pastel Competition, Pittsburgh, PA  2004

One Woman Show, Millbrook Gallery, Picayune, Mississippi. 2004

Eleventh Annual National Exhibition. “Renaissance in Pastel” Connecticut Pastel Society- Norwich,

Connecticut   2004

Sabbatical- Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico   2004

Group Show, Brew House, New Orleans, Louisiana  2004

First Place- New Orleans Art Association- New Orleans, Louisiana

Honorable Mention, LaFond Galleries Ninth Annual National Juried Pastel Competition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2003

Purchase Award, Degas Pastel Society, 13th Membership Exhibition, New Orleans, 2003   

One Woman Show, Millbrook Gallery, Picayune, Mississippi, 2003

Purchase Award, 40th Annual Judged Show, Artists Guild, Unlimited, Morgan City, LA, 2003

Pastel Society of West Coast 16th International  “Pastels USA”, 2002

The Salmagundi Club, 25th Annual Juried Non Member Exhibition, New York City, 2002

The 7th Annual “No Dead Artist”, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, 2002

“Art With a Southern Drawl XI”, University Of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, 2002

First Place, New Orleans Art Association Members Show, 2002

One Woman Show at Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, 2002

PSA scholarship for study with Sally Strand, PSA, MP, 2001

Artist mini grant, Louisiana Division of the Arts, 2001

First place, 39th Regional Juried Exhibition, Slidell Art League, Slidell Louisiana, 2001

PSA scholarship for study with Ramon Kelly, PSA, 2000

Degas Pastel Society 8th Biennial National Exhibition Museum Tour, 2000

Pastel Society of North Florida 6th Biennial National Exhibit, 2000

Best of Show and Purchase Award, 37th Annual Judged Show, Artists Guild, Unlimited, Morgan City, 2000.

Honorable Mention, 5th Annual National Pastel Exhibition, La Fond Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1999

Award of Excellence and Honorable Mention, Degas Pastel Society Members’ Exhibition, 1999

PSA scholarship for study with Albert Handell, PSA, MP, 1998

First Place, Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition, 1998

First Place, “Postcards From All Over”, Irving, (Texas) Art Association, 1998


Darlene has studied pastel at the John McCrady Art School in New Orleans, watercolor and drawing at Tulane University and color and design at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. She has taken academic classes at the University of New Orleans and Delgado College. She has studied privately with many national and international pastel artists.


Her memberships includesignature member Pastel Society of America, New Orleans Art Association, Degas Pastel Society, which she serves as vice president, the Arts Council of New Orleans and West Bank Art Guild.


Galleries that are currently displaying her work:


Zigler Museum of Art, Jennings, LA

Arts & Frames Gallery, Covington, LA

Chez Cle’ment LLC, Baton Rouge, LA

Performing Arts Association Fine Art and Craft Sales Gallery, Foley, AL