Joseph H. Johnson currently serves as Instrument Shop Coordinator/Sculpture Technician at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, in 2002, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Texas at San Antonio, in 2005. During his tenure in graduate school he was a three-time recipient of "The Graduate Art Scholarship" and a one-time recipient of "The Honorary Graduate Faculty Scholarship for the Humanities." In 2002, he was individual winner of the university's "College of Liberal and Fine Arts Graduate Research Conference Competition" for his practice in sculpture.
Upon completion of his education, Johnson's career as an artist found opportunity working in partnership with Paleontology. From 2005-2014 he worked with Phil Fraley Productions, Inc. (PFP); a natural history museum exhibit fabrication company who specialized in mounting genuine dinosaur fossils. At PFP Johnson served as supervisor of the company's metal working studios and as a senior exhibit artist and fossil preparator. Utilizing scientific research and the guidance of many renowned paleontologists, he managed a staff of metal craftsmen who mounted a repertoire of dinosaur specimens combining dynamic poses with scientifically accurate skeletal articulations. He also collaborated in the development of many sculptures, models, and dioramas. Examples of his artistry and metal craft with PFP can be found in permanent exhibits at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, California, The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas, The Museum of York County in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity at the University of Singapore, Singapore.