Johannes Barfield is a multimedia artist from Winston-Salem, NC who works in photography, video, sculpture, and sound installations. His work revolves around the black American experience and how institutions and systems of power and influence are connected to the amplification and nullification of blackness. 


In his work, Johannes examines: urban and rural environments as a space for creative exchange, his childhood memories, acts of violence provoked by poverty, internet age lynchings by police who receive immunity, the music played at family cookouts, the public school system in the south, and how systems of control are implemented through the open road and car culture.



2018 MFA in Photo+Film, Virginia Commonwealth University, Summa Cum Laude, Richmond, VA

2014 BFA in Design & New Media, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC



2020 10 Under 10 Award 2020, VCU Alumni, Richmond, VA

2019 Mint Museum Atrium Health Best in Show Award, Charlotte, NC

2018 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, Richmond, VA

2018 VCU Black History In The Making Award, Richmond, VA



2020 The Merriweather District AIR Residency, Columbia, MD

2019 The Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, MA 

2019 The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY

2018 ACRE Residency, Southeastern US Equity Scholarship, Steuben, WI

2018 MASS MoCA Residency, North Adams, MA


2020 Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art - Augusta University, Forever Yesterday, Augusta, GA

2020 Hudson D. Walker Gallery, De-Extinction Elixir, Provincetown, MA

2020 CAM Raleigh, Raliegh Fine Arts Society Exhibition, Raleigh, NC

2020 PAAM Museum, Fine Arts Work Center 2020 Fellows Exhibition, Provincetown, MA

2019 Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival & Symposium, Washington, DC

2019 ACRE Projects, Disrupting Domestic, Chicago, IL

2019 The Gatewood Gallery, Jewels, Greensboro, NC

2019 The Mint Museum, Coined In The South, Charlotte, NC

2019 1708 Gallery, Cabin Fever, Richmond, VA

2018 The Anderson, MY EYES DUE SEE, Richmond, VA

2018 FAB Gallery, I’d Rather Not, Richmond, VA

2017 FAB Gallery, SAD., Richmond, VA 

2017 Former Tobacco Drying Warehouse, What We Do Is Secret, Richmond, VA

2016 FAB Gallery, How’s My Driving?, Richmond, VA

2016 U Haul Truck, Current Elements: Satellite Art Fair, Richmond, VA

2016 Clearwater Gallery, Son, Brother, Father, Concord, NC

2015 Field Projects Gallery, Show #28: Impossible Geometries, New York, NY

2015 Southfirst Gallery, After “The Girl Made of Butter”, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Hanes Brand Theater, A Genealogy Study with William Paul Thomas, Winston-Salem, NC

2015 Milton Rhodes Art Center,  Art Nouveau: Present Tense, Winston-Salem, NC



The Provincetown Independent, February 20, 2020, Johannes Barfield takes his art on the road


The Charlotte Observer, December 16, 2019, Mint Museum’s ‘Coined in the South’ showcases innovative work by 45 Southern artists


VCU News, February 13, 2020, Photo alum wins $10,000 Best in Show prize at Southern arts exhibition


The Charlotte Post, October 31, 2019, Creativity first, last and always for artist Johannes Barfield


VCU News, July 5, 2018, Art graduate’s fellowship-winning installation provides perspective on the black experience