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Oral history interview with Milford Zornes, 1965 June 30

view Oral history interview with Milford Zornes, 1965 June 30 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Zornes, James Milford, 1908-2008
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002
Subject:
Chamberlain, F. Tolles
Sheets, Millard Owen
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
California
Physical Description:
Transcript: 31 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hrs., 46 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Summary:
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.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Milford Zornes, 1965 June 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
James Milford Zornes (1908-2008) was a muralist, painter, and illustrator from Mt. Carmel, Vermont.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Federal aid to the arts
Illustrators
Interviews
Mural painting and decoration
Muralists
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13222
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213986
AAA_collcode_zornes65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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