Oral history interview with Louis Bunce, 1982 December 3-13
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983
Lafo, Rachel Rosenfield, 1951-
Callahan, Kenneth L.
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
Kharouba Gallery (Portland, Or.)
Portland Art Museum (Or.)
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Transcript: 78 pages
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 43 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Louis Bunce conducted 1982 December 3-13, by Rachel Rosenfield, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Bunce speaks of his family background and education at the Portland Museum Art School; attending the Art Students League in New York and studying under Max Weber, Boardman Robinson and others; returning to Portland during the Depression and working on WPA projects; his interest in jazz and its influence on his work; his involvement in the Northwest arts community; his interest in landscapes and figures; teaching at the Portland Museum Art School; founding the Kharouba Gallery; developing his interest in the graphic arts; and the current Portland art scene. He recalls Kenneth Callahan.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Louis Bunce, 1982 December 3-13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Location of Originals:
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
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.
Louis Bunce (1907-1983) was a painter, printmaker, and educator from Portland, Oregon.
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001