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Abstraction at Johnson Atelier

Identifier: MS-65


The collection consists of photographic materials and articles related to the creation of Georgia O'Keeffe's Abstraction sculpture at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. Photographs depict apprentices Betsy Bowen and Jacquie Bresadola posing with the unfinished sculptures, and Georgia O'Keeffe with co-executive directors Herk van Tongeren and Ron Young at Johnson Atelier with Abstraction. Materials date from 1978-1982.


  • Creation: 1978-1982, undated

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research purposes. Born-digital materials require advanced notice to ensure availability of equipment.

Copy and Reproduction Restrictions

Copies may be made for research purposes only.

Biographical and Historical Note

J. Seward Johnson Jr. founded the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture (Princeton, NJ) in 1974 as a casting and fabrication facility with an emphasis on education. As such, the Institute had a robust apprenticeship program for hands-on learning as well as strong inclinations to experiment with new methods and techniques, working directly with sculptors to achieve their desired artistic outcome. Georgia O'Keeffe worked with the Johnson Atelier for the casting of her sculpture, Abstraction.


7 items

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged into two series: Photographic material and Articles.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum by Betsy Bowen in 2022.

Credit Line

Gift of Betsy Bowen.

Existence and Location of Originals

For digital copy prints and digital files, location of the original photographs is unknown.

Related Materials

Existence of additional related materials in the Seward Johnson Atelier archives.

Georgia O'Keeffe Abstraction Photographs (MS.15 / RC.2010.2) and Abstraction on Johnson Atelier Truck (MS.67 / 2022.7) are located at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Ownership and Rights

This collection is the physical property of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The Museum holds rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Contact the Archivist for further copyright and publication information as it pertains to this collection.

Explanation of Rights

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ashley Baranyk in 2022.

Finding Aid to Abstraction at Johnson Atelier, 1978-1982, undated
Ashley Baranyk
August 2022
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Repository

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe NM 87501 US