About johanna seasonwein


Johanna Seasonwein, PhD, founded The Seasonwein Group after more than a dozen years as a university instructor and museum curator-educator. A dynamic and engaging teacher and coach, she is passionate about the power of art to cultivate critical thinking, improve communication, and increase empathy in our daily interactions with colleagues, clients, friends, and family.

Johanna’s years of experience teaching in the classroom and museum gallery revealed the possibilities of using art as a way to develop communication and problem-solving skills. At Princeton University, she was one of a select group of educators supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance university art museums as laboratories for cross-disciplinary learning. Her innovative approach to teaching and curriculum development brought classes in the arts and sciences into the campus museum and led to a 35% increase in faculty and student engagement. Most recently she was the Senior Curator of Western Art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, where she organized thought-provoking programs and exhibitions on a range of topics.

Trained as a medieval art historian, she has taught courses at Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of Oregon Honors College. Johanna received her PhD, MPhil, and MA degrees in art history from Columbia University and her BA in art history from Johns Hopkins University. A native of suburban Washington, DC, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon.