SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Though known in the sports world as a professional baseball pitcher, Randy Johnson is also a longtime photographer, and many of his works will be on display at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts through Spring Training.
Johnson studied photojournalism from 1983 to 1985 while attending the University of Southern California, where he had a full athletic scholarship for baseball. Baseball became Johnson’s occupation for two decades, but his love for photography never left. Following his 2010 retirement, he was able to refocus on this passion.
His photography shows the same dedication to craft that has long defined his major league career. And the intensity that has made him a Hall of Fame pitcher and World Series winner is now reflected in his artistry.
This exhibition at the Center Space gallery opens Feb. 23 and runs through April 28. It will showcase images from Johnson’s travels, which have given him the opportunity to capture everything from motorsports to major musical artists. This exhibition focuses on scenes from multiple African safaris.
“Photography has taken me on an amazing journey, but it’s only just beginning,” Johnson says. “I look forward to visiting places I’ve never been, shooting things I’ve never seen and getting better each and every day.”
Not only has Johnson been able to learn from some of the best photographers in various fields, his work has also been featured in multiple publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin and Metal Hammer. His concert photography has even found its way into tour programs, posters, books and websites.
An opening event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, is open to the public. The artist will be in attendance, and refreshments will be provided. The Center Space gallery is located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251. For information, visit ScottsdaleArtsLearning.org/exhibitions or call 480-499-8587.
Through its dynamic partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and outreach opportunities for the community while fostering active engagement with the arts among individuals, businesses, educational institutions and government agencies. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multidisciplinary arts organization, offering an exceptional variety of programs for both residents and visitors through Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, Canal Convergence and Civic Center LIVE.
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