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Sargent Claude Johnson
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Boston, MA
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San Francisco, CA
Sculptor. Johnson began his art studies at the Worcester (MA) Art School. After coming to San Francisco in 1915 to attend the PPIE, he opted to remain. He continued his art training at the Arthur W. Best School as well as the CSFA from 1919-1923 and again from 1940-1942. At that school Johnson was greatly influenced by teachers Stackpole and Bufano. His first recognition came in 1925 at a local exhibition, and, in that year, began showing with the Harmon Foundation of New York (an organization founded to consider the achievements and obtain recognition of outstanding black American artists). Johnson both exhibited and provided statuary for Treasure Island during the GGIE of 1939. During his early years in the SF Bay area he was a resident of Berkeley and taught at Mills College until 1948. He then moved back to SF and lived on Telegraph Hill at 1507 Grant Avenue. A retrospective of his work was held at the Oakland Museum in 1971. Working with wood, ceramic, and stone, he specialized in African-American subjects. (Hughes 1989)