Jean Johanson

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Jean Louise P. Johanson (October 3, 1911 – March 1, 2000) was an American sculptor, mosaic artist, and jewelry designer.

She was a student of sculptor Dudley Pratt, and took two summer classes with Alexander Archipenko during his visits to the University of Washington in the 1930s. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1934. She had a solo show at the Seattle Art Museum in 1944 and won numerous gallery awards during her career.

Johanson produced sculptural ornament for several buildings in the Seattle metropolitan area. She produced freestanding works as well, including a bronze fountain installed at Seattle's Westlake Center. She was also known for her pebble mosaics. Joseph Young called her "among the foremost in the use of sandcast pebble mosaics". Her mosaic "Men Come and Go Like Waves of the Sea," named after a quotation attributed to Chief Seattle, is installed at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington.

Johanson was the wife of architect Perry Johanson.


  • Beers, Carole. "Jean Louise Johanson, Seattle artist." Seattle [Washington] Times, night final edition, March 5, 2000.
  • Moore, Bernice Starr (1947), Art in Our Community, Caxton, p. 163 .
  • Seattle Arts Commission, A Field Guide to Seattle's Public Art, Seattle Arts Commission, 1991
  • Young, Joseph (1963), Mosaics: Principles and Practice, Reinhold, p. 66 .
  • Graduation date from death notice in Columns: The University of Washington alumni magazine, June 2000.

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