Oral history interview with Milford Zornes, 1965 June 30
Zornes, James Milford, 1908-2008
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002
Sheets, Millard Owen
Chamberlain, F. Tolles
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
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Transcript: 31 pages
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hrs., 46 min.
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Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
An interview of Milford Zornes conducted 1965 June 30, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art. Zornes speaks of his childhood; never intending to become an artist until junior college in California; teaching art class; a workshop he is holding in his studio at Mt. Carmel, Utah; studying with Millard Sheets and F. Tolles Chamberlain and their influence; the murals he worked on under the Federal Art Project; being drafted into the army and working as an army artist; working an engineering job at Thule Air Base in Greenland; illustrating books; his thoughts on the Federal Art Project and his experiences with it; and how President and Mrs. Roosevelt chose his watercolors to be permanently housed in the White House. He recalls Maynard Dixon, Robert Ortley[?], Millard Sheets, Tom Craig, F. Tolles Chamberlain, Nelbert Chouinard, William Manker, David Scott, Thomas Beggs, Paul Sample, Sisqueiros, Orozco, Hartley Burr Alexander, George Biddle, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Milford Zornes, 1965 June 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
James Milford Zornes (1908-2008) was a muralist, painter, and illustrator from Mt. Carmel, Vermont.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001