President's Award: Honoring Roy Sumner Johnson

Roy Sumner Johnson, owner and director of Sumner & Dene, has been in the art business for 43 years. He has owned galleries in Taos, Santa Fe, San Diego, and Albuquerque. He was the founding president of the Taos Spring Arts Celebration, Director of the Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, and founding Executive Director of Magnifico! Albuquerque Festival of the Arts. He taught a college course for 10 years “The Business of Art” teaching artists how to make a living creating art and working in the arts. He has served on the boards of the Albuquerque Little Theatre, Art in the Schools, Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Albuquerque), New Mexico Science Olympiad, Santa Fe Gallery Association, and is the past chair of the Albuquerque Downtown action team.

Roy created the give your love art fundraiser for the New Mexico Aids Services and was the host of the Little Houses Art Auction Benefiting Offcenter. During his tenure with the Albuquerque Art Business Association, Roy was the founder of the Local Treasures Program, served as Treasurer & Vice President, and led the charge on the Albuquerque Art Showcase.

Roy holds a BFA from the University of San Francisco with a degree in advertising and illustration from the San Francisco Academy of Art. He also holds a self proclaimed Masters Degree in gift wrapping. At the end of 2022, Roy is retiring and selling Sumner & Dene Art Gallery. He will be missed.

Thank you Roy, for all you have done for the AABA and for the greater arts community!