Janna Ireland
Janna Ireland

There is Only One Paul R. Williams highlights the work of the first certified black architect west of the Mississippi River. Paul R. Williams (1894-1980) who was a Los Angeles native that built a successful architectural practice decades before the Civil Rights Movement. His graceful designs and mastery of myriad architectural styles made him impossible to ignore.

In the course of his 50 year career, he designed nearly 3,000 buildings. He designed municipal buildings and private homes. He designed banks, churches, hospitals, and university halls. He designed public housing projects and mansions for celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.

If you have ever spent an afternoon driving around Los Angeles, you have seen a Williams building or two.

Artist Bios

  • Janna Ireland

    Janna Ireland was born in Philadelphia, but has chosen Los Angeles as her home.

    She holds an MFA the from UCLA Department of Art and a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Ireland is the 2013 recipient of the Snider Prize, presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago.

    Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago, and in group exhibitions across the United States and internationally. She has been published in ApertureArt PapersVice, and the Los Angeles Times.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

There is Only One Paul R. Williams

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