Oral history interview with Ben E. Shute, 1965 June 4
Shute, Ben E. (Ben Edgar), 1905-1986
Doud, Richard Keith
Harris, Julian H.
Bush-Brown, Margaret Lesley
Art Institute of Chicago
High Museum of Art
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
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Transcript: 11 pages.
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 32 min.
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Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
An interview of Ben E. Shute conducted 1965 June 4, by Richard Doud, for the Archives of American Art. Shute speaks of coming from the Art Institute of Chicago to teach at the High Museum of Art; how in terms of art in 1928 in Atlanta, it was considered a dark age, due to the fact that art was hardly being taught anywhere; how he had little to do with the WPA, but felt it helped the arts in Georgia a great deal; his major interests in the art field; and the state of art in Georgia. Shute recalls Julian H. Harris, Wendell Jackson, Margaret Bush-Brown, Edward Shorter, Bill Halsey, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ben E. Shute, 1965 June 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Ben E. Shute (1905-1986) was a painter in Atlanta, Georgia.
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
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