Kelly Johnston

Retired Cartographer
About the Speaker

Kelly Johnston is a Missouri native, earning degrees from the University of Central Missouri and Indiana University. He's been a software developer, cartographer, and taught mapping at the University of Virginia and Drury University.

Growing up, Kelly was immersed in architecture working alongside his father, a master carpenter.

Kelly and his wife Mary Jo restored their 1914 Missouri home, recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kelly leads tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright house at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has visited more than 50 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the world.

Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright

Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright to be America's greatest architect. His 'organic architecture' helped popularize open floor plans, light-filled rooms, and connections to nature, all still in demand today. Here in Missouri, Wright worked with forward-thinking families to design four unique houses and clashed with building authorities while constructing a controversial church. Who were these Missourians on the cutting edge of architectural design and why do Wright's creations remain relevant nearly sixty years after his death? Kelly Johnston's talk "Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright" will help you see Missouri's buildings with new eyes.

All Maps Are Lies!

Maps spur our imagination. Maps transport us. In maps we trust. But all maps are lies.

Filled with example maps from the Show Me state and beyond, Kelly Johnston's talk 'All Maps Are Lies' will forever change the way you look at maps. You'll come away as a more informed and discerning map reader with an understanding that "not only is it easy to lie with maps, it is essential".