Oral history interview with James Penney, 1981 August 21-December 6
Penney, James, 1910-1982
Brown, Robert F.
Benton, Thomas Hart
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
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2 sound tape reels (3 hr., 9 min.)
Transcript 79 p.
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 9 min.
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An interview of James Penney conducted 1981 August 21-December 6, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Penney speaks of his education at the University of Kansas and at the Art Students League; studying painting with George Grosz and Thomas Hart Benton; his work with Moses Soyer on WPA murals in New York City; working as Vice-President of the Art Students League in the 1940s; and as a painting instructor at Hamilton College, 1948-1976.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with James Penney, 1981 August 21-December 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
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.
James Penney (1910-1982) was a painter and educator.
These interviews are 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 others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001