Mark Lenn Johnson,
President of Art Inc. Kentucky
Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Johnson has dedicated virtually his entire career to helping Kentucky's entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. After his initial career in banking, Johnson transitioned to the non-proft small business/economic development industry. From there, he was recruited to work at and later to directly oversee the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Small Business Services Division within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. It was during this time that Johnson began pursuing his own aspirations of becoming an artist.
After spending almost ten years in state government helping entrepreneurs and artists, Johnson returned to Community Ventures to oversee its business and mortgage lending program. All the while, however, he continued to pursue and expand upon his own artistic endeavors.
As a result, in 2016 he was invited to show a collection of his abstract paintings at one of New York City’s largest art shows. Later that same year, he was also invited to show his creative photography work at an exhibit at the Louvre in Paris, France. And, in early 2017, Johnson was recognized by an international art magazine at a ceremony in Florence, Italy, as one of the world’s Top 60 Contemporary Artists of the Year.
His work can be found in a number of private collections as well as on permanent display at Eastern Kentucky University's John Grant Crabbe Main Library.
With very special appreciation to the following individuals for their support and participation on Art Inc. Kentucky's advisory board.
Denise Estelle Brown
Patrick J. Mitchell
Phyllis Alcorn Spencer