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Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Veloric, Cynthia  Search this
Sande Webster Gallery  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript 149 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 52 min.
An interview of Charles Searles conducted 1991 June 13, by Cynthia Veloric, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Searles discusses his early life in Philadelphia; military service; discovering African sculpture; attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; being included in the 1969 exhibit "New Black Artists"; traveling to Europe and Africa on a Cresson Fellowship from the PAFA; his experiences in Nigeria; exhibiting and teaching in Philadelphia, moving to New York City; his work in various media; subject matter; interest in dance and music; participating in Recherché; and being represented by the Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Charles Searles, 1991 June 13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 4779 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Charles Robert Searles (1937-2004) was a sculptor, painter and muralist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York, N.Y.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
African American artists  Search this
Recherch√© (Group)  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Artists  Search this
African American art  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art