Professor Tomi Johnston is the head of the Art History department at PVCC. She has been teaching Art History at PVCC since 2006, beginning as full-time in Fall of 2014.
Professor Johnston has a diverse scholarly background, with specialties in Dutch Baroque, Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Pre-Columbian Art of the Americas. She wrote the MCCCD curriculum for ARH 240 - Art and Architecture of the Islamic World.
A frequent traveler, Professor Johnston believes that art is best experienced in person. In June of 2016, she and Professor David Bradley led a study abroad program to Cuba. She is currently putting together another study abroad program to Italy, scheduled for June of 2023.
Professor Johnston is also very dedicated to making the study of Art History more affordable. She and her team of adjuncts, assisted by the PVCC OER team, converted the Art History Survey courses (ARH 101 and 102) to an OER format, saving each student hundreds of dollars. She is currently working on transferring that body of work into the MOD Pressbooks, to make it more streamlined and accessible.
Professor Tomi Johnston was a winner of the 2020 NISOD Excellence Award. She is very humbled and touched to also be recognized for Women’s History Month here at PVCC.
Her prior participation in Women’s History Month @ PVCC included organizing and hosting a Take Back the Night event on the PVCC campus March 28, 2016.
Professor Johnston teaches the following courses: ARH 100 - Introduction to Art; ARH 101 - Prehistoric through Gothic Art; ARH 102; Renaissance through Contemporary Art; and ARH 201 - Art of Asia.