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Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee, 1995 January 11

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Interviewee:
Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-2001
Interviewer:
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-
Subject:
Acheson, Alice
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme
Crosby, Caresse
Cross, Bernice
Gates, Robert Franklin
Groves, George
Knaths, Karl
Marin, John
Noland, Kenneth
Phillips, Duncan
Phillips, Marjorie
Taylor, Prentiss
Tworkov, Jack
Watkins, Law Bradley
West, Hal
Phillips Studio House
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Maryland
Physical Description:
Transcript: 33 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 33 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee conducted 1995 January 11, by Liza Kirwin, at Calfee's home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for the Archives of American Art.
Brown and Calfee speak of their roles in Phillips Studio House. They recall Law Watkins, Karl Knaths, Duncan Phillips, Bernice Cross, Bob Gates, Marjorie Phillips, Alice Acheson, John Marin, George Groves, Harold West, Adelyn Breeskin, Kenneth Noland, Jack Tworkov, Caresse Crosby, Prentiss Taylor, and many others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee, 1995 January 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available on-line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/brown95.htm
Funding:
Funding for the transcription of this interview provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Women's Committee.
Biography Note:
Brown, an art administrator in Washington, D.C., managed the sales gallery of the Phillips Studio House from 1933-1937. Calfee, a painter and sculptor, taught at the art school affiliated with Studio House from 1933 until it closed in 1945. Phillips Studio House, founded by C. Law Watkins, Associate Director of the Phillips Memorial Gallery, was both an art school and commercial gallery. It opened in November 1933, and closed in 1945 upon Watkins' death. In 1946 Calfee and a group of artists affiliated with the school were asked to form the first art department faculty at American University for which he served as its department head until 1954.
Provenance:
This interview is 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 administrators.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art schools
Art teachers
Art, Modern
Arts administrators
Interviews
Painters
Sculptors
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13083
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216198
AAA_collcode_brown95
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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