Oral history interview with Howard Finster, 1984 June 11
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-
Place of publication, production, or execution:
District of Columbia
Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes analog
Transcript: 60 p.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Howard Finster conducted 1984 June 11, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Finster speaks of his early childhood; his earliest vision; working as a preacher and a repairman; the construction of his GARDEN OF PARADISE; his mission in life; dealers and exhibitions; and his Chapel of the World's Folk Art Church, Inc.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Howard Finster, 1984 June 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
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.
Howard Finster (1916-2001) was a self-taught visionary artist and minister from Georgia. Full name: William Howard Finster.
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001