Stickney Memorial Art School
Pasadena has a history of fostering great artists ….
One of the forgotten art schools trained students for twenty-five years and employed some of the most venerable names in California art history.
In 1896, Miss Susan Homer Stickney, heiress to an Eastern mustard company fortune, built “Stickney Hall” on the corner of Fair Oaks and Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena in memory of her sister, Anna Stickney Whitney. It was almost an exact replica of the Anne Hathaway Cottage in Stratford on Avon in England. Miss Stickney dedicated it to the cause of art in Southern California. In its early years, the hall was used as an art gallery and as the meeting place for the Shakespeare Club. It also hosted drawing and design classes for Throop Academy, the high school unit of Throop Polytechnic Institute.
About 1914, Miss Stickney presented the building to the Pasadena Music and Art Association for use as an art school. The Stickney Memorial School of Fine Arts opened at 300 Lincoln Avenue under the direction of Raffaello Montalboddi. Many well-known California artists were associated with the school over its twenty-five year history. Richard Miller, Jean Mannheim, Benjamin Brown, Howell Brown, Alson Clark, Ernest Batchelder, Millard Sheets, and Grace Clements were all teachers or lecturers at the school. Mentions of the school’s curriculum, exhibitions and activities appeared regularly in the local papers.
From 1935 through 1938, the school was located at 699 E. Walnut. It disappears from the directories after that date.
Directors or Principals of the Stickney School:
1914-1915 Raffaello Montalboddi
1916-1918 Channel Pickering Townsley
1919-1922 Guy Rose (Alson S. Clark)
1923-1925 Mary Allen
1926-1929 Mary Van Dugteren
1930-1931 Alson S. Clark
1932-1935 Frank McLean
1938 Mrs. Grace McLean
As listed in the Pasadena City Directories
Images: Top right: Stickney School of Art (B8-h1); bottom left: Richard Emile Miller (1875-1943). The Coral Necklace, 1917. Oil on canvas, 119 x 125 cm. (2000.019.0028)
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