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Oral history interview with Ellen Lanyon, 1975 Dec. 5

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Lanyon, Ellen, 1926-2013  Search this
Crawford, James, 1944-  Search this
Berdich, Vera  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen  Search this
Buehr, George Frederick  Search this
Carleback, Julius  Search this
Ginzel, Roland  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Hirsch, Joseph  Search this
Hoff, Margo  Search this
Lasansky, Mauricio  Search this
Rupprecht, Edgar A.  Search this
Schniewind, Carl Oscar  Search this
Watson, Dudley Crafts  Search this
Abercrombie, Gertrude  Search this
Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting  Search this
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5 Sound tapes, 5 in.; 214 Pages, Transcript
Interview of Ellen Lanyon conducted by James Crawford for the Archives of American Art.
Lanyon speaks of family background; interests in art and music and collecting objects and antiques; her early art education; remembrances of 1933 Chicago World's Fair; Art Institute; Oxbow Summer School of Painting; her work and techniques; exhibitions; Institute of Design; marriage and move to University of Iowa; Iowa art department, Iowa print group; Fulbright to England; travel in France and Italy; return to Chicago; founding of graphic workshop; Hairy Who group; The Imagists; Seven and Up exhibitions; Red Grooms in Chicago; and commissions. She recalls George Buehr, Margo Hoff, Dudley Crafts Watson, Vera Berdich, Joseph Hirsch, Carl Schneiwind, Kathleen Blackshear, Mauricio Lasansky, Gertrude Abercrombie, Julius Carleback, Roland Ginzel, and Edgar Rupprecht.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ellen Lanyon, 1975 Dec. 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for this interview was provided by Matilda Wilson.
Biography Note:
Ellen Lanyon (1926- ) is a painter and printmaker in New York and Chicago, Ill.
Language Note:
English .
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
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women muralists  Search this
Women  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
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Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
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Archives of American Art