Annetta Johnson St. Gaudens: Narratives of a Family Legacy

Fine Arts Building Gallery, Los Angeles, Sept. 12 - Nov. 10, 2019

811 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Opening Reception: Art Walk Thursday, Sept. 12, 6-8pm

Curated by Priscilla Schwarz, Ph.D., Lecturer in Art History, Oklahoma State University
Annetta "Nettie" Johnson St. Gaudens (1869-1943) is part of a legacy of acclaimed sculptors. Teacher to her younger brother Burt W. Johnson (1890-1927)--creator of the Fine Arts Building's distinctive sculpture--Nettie studied with and was assistant to the greatest turn-of-the century American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), and later married his brother Louis (who altered the spelling of his last name). 

Although trained in the large marbles and bronzes of the Beaux-Arts/Naturalist style, Nettie transitioned into her personal "impressionistic" style. This exhibition focuses on Nettie's small terra cotta sculptures and water colors that depict the family she loved: her siblings, their children, and her son. Also typical of her style are playful figures of children and animals. A partial exception to this theme is the 1918 lunette Salvation, an expression of her pacifist politics and socially conscious ideals.

Cradled within the Fine Arts Building's amber-colored display cases, these small art works pull the viewer back in time to the artist's personal world. Included are original artworks as well as copies of archival photographs from the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, NH.
Nettie's great-nephew Casey Schwarz, a member of the ongoing legacy, is represented in this exhibition by his small preparatory studies for his marble sculptures.
The lobby gallery is open daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


As part of the monthly Downtown Art Walk, a reception will be held

on Thursday, September 12th from 6-8 pm in the gallery of the Fine Arts Building at 811 W. 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Join us for Live Jazz by Granville "Danny" Young 

& tasty flavors from local Brazilian favorite, Wood Spoon.
The self-guided public art phenomenon known as the Downtown Art Walk brings thousands of art lovers and community members to an ever-evolving Downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown celebrates the arts on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the galleries, artist studios, and cultural institutions of the Historic Core, including the Fine Arts Building. More info at:


Annetta Johnson St. Gaudens: Narratives of a Family Legacy 


Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12th 6-8pm (Downtown Art Walk)

Second Reception: Thursday, October 10th 6-8pm 


The Fine Arts Building - Historic Cultural Monument
811 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90017
Gallery Hours: 8am-8pm daily 


Art Meets Architecture         


Art Meets Architecture presents 21st Century art in extraordinary architectural settings. The Fine Arts Building is an architectural treasure, built in 1926 by Walker & Eisen in Romanesque Revival style. The interior opens to a two-story lobby that hosts monthly art exhibitions.