St. Louis, Nena Sylvia Toy. (raised in Lincoln, NE; active San Francisco, CA, 2012)

Bibliography and Exhibitions


New York (NY). Ceres Gallery.
NENA ST. LOUIS: Origins.
Solo exhibition. Seemingly the first solo exhibition this self-proclaimed feminist gallery has given to a black woman in its 25+ year history. It was followed by another solo exhibition for St. Louis in 2007.

New York (NY). Ceres Gallery.
NENA ST. LOUIS: Precious Things.
October 30-November 24, 2007.
Solo exhibition.

San Francisco (CA). Sargent Johnson Gallery, African American Art & Culture Complex, Main Public Library.
The Sculpture of NENA ST. LOUIS: "And They Were Fruitful" (A Dedication to the African Diaspora).
August 1-September 17, 2005.
Solo exhibition of hand carved and painted figurative wood sculpture by artist Nena St. Louis.


CHICAGO (IL). WomanMade Gallery.
Women of the African Diaspora.
October 7-November 10, 2005.
Group exhibition. Juried by Kymberly Pinder. Artists and exhibited works are as follows: Linda Ammons, Elizabeth Axtman, Sunshine Best, Anita L. Bowden, Monica J. Brown, Heather Davis, Raquel Dowdy, Colette Gaiter, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Tabetha Handy, Monica Harris, Juarez Hawkins, Shannon Hill, Candace Hunter, Teresa Jenkins, Virginia Jose, Nzuji De Magalhaes, Luisa Menano, N. Masani Muhammad, Joyce Owens, Donna Radcliffe, Deborah E. Roberts, S. Denise Rouse, Duhirwe Rushemeza, Nena St. Louis, Kasha Stewart, Scheherazade Tillet, Constance White, Alison Williams, Tamasha Williamson, Jessica Wimbley.

NAPA (CA). Off the Preserve! Gallery, di Rosa Art Preserve.
Art and Nature.
Group exhibition. Included: Nena St. Louis.

NEW YORK (NY). Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery.
Baba: Black Artists' Expression of Father.
May 28-June 21, 2008.
Group exhibition. Curated by Kheven LaGrone. BABA, which means "father" in several languages in Africa including Swahili, Shona, Zulu and Ndebele, brings together an eclectic mix of Black visual artists and media, including painting, ceramics, photography and mixed media. Artistic styles represented in the exhibit will range from abstract to figurative; from illustrations to sculpted felt dolls. Included: Perez Asante, Jason Austin, Aleathia Brown, Anthony Grimes, Karen Henderson, Cynthia Farrell Johnson, Karen Oyekanmi, Sharon Pittman, Joseph Robinson, Malik Seneferu, Nena St. Louis, TaSin Sabir, and Samuel O. Williams.

NEW YORK (NY). Ceres Gallery.
Ceres Gallery Revisited.
February 15-May 14, 2006.
Group exhibition. Included: Nena St. Louis.

SACRAMENTO (CA). Sacramento Temporary Contemporary.
Bird Pillars.
Collaboration by Nena St. Louis and Cherie Hacker. Ceramic sculpture, paintings and video.

SAN FRANCISCO (CA). San Francisco Main Library.
Resilience: My Culture, My People, Me!.
August 16-October 26, 2008.
Group exhibition of African American art. Part of the AfroSolo Arts Festival XV. Curated by Khevan Lagrone. Included: Opal Adisa, Traci Bartlow, Elouise Burrell, Christine Carmel, Karen Carraway, Duane Cramer, Keina Davis, Jim Dennis, Alan Kimara Dixon, Idris Hassan, Stephanie Johnson, Ajuan Mance, Ramekon O'Arwisters, Justice Renaissance, Joseph Robinson, Michael Ross, TaSin Sabir, Nena St. Louis, Orlonda Uffre, Wanda Whitaker, Z'ma Wyatt.

SAN FRANCISCO (CA). San Francisco Public Library.
United in Peace: Visual Artists Leading the Way.
August 15-October 15, 2010.
Group exhibition of paintings, wood sculptures, stained glass, cartoons, photography and mixed-media pieces. [A part of AfroSolo Arts Festival 17.] Included: April Martin Chartrand, Nena St. Louis, Malik (Seneferu), Tomye Neal-Madison, Justice Renaissance, Thomas Robert Simpson, Fely Tchaco, Morrie Turner, Z'ma Wyatt.