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Oral history interview with Viola Patterson

Interviewee:
Patterson, Viola, 1898-1984  Search this
Interviewer:
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-  Search this
Names:
Group of Twelve (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949  Search this
Patterson, Ambrose, 1877-1966  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Extent:
57 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 Oct. 22-29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Viola Patterson conducted 1982 Oct. 22-29, by Martha Kingsbury, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, in the artist's home in Seattle, Wash.
Patterson speaks of her education; family background; her early interest in art; studying at the University of Washington art department; the influence of Japanese artists; teaching art to children; her husband, Ambrose Patterson, and his life and career; and working on murals with Jose Clement Orozco and Diego Rivera. She recalls Alexander Archipenko. Patterson was a member of the Seattle area progressive artists' collective known as the "Group of Twelve."
Biographical / Historical:
Viola Patterson (1898-1984) was a painter from Seattle, Wash.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 33 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.patter82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90149e58a-5439-4922-aadb-4c5546e44592
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-patter82
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Linda Farris Gallery records

Creator:
Linda Farris Gallery  Search this
Farris, Linda  Search this
Names:
Barry, Lynda, 1956-  Search this
Bruskin, Grisha, 1945-  Search this
Clough, Charles, 1951-  Search this
Landfield, Ronnie, 1947-  Search this
Luce, Charles, 1947-  Search this
Lucero, Michael, 1953-  Search this
Markovitz, Sherry  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Noah, Barbara  Search this
Pepper, Beverly  Search this
Extent:
13.4 Linear feet (13 Boxes, 1 sol, 1 ov folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Lectures
Photographs
Sound recordings
Visitors' books
Date:
1969-1995
Summary:
The records of Seattle's avant-garde Linda Farris Gallery measure 13.4 linear feet and date from 1969-1995. The bulk of the records consist of artists' and exhibition files. Also found are gallery business correspondence, administrative files, event files, reference files, records of sales, scattered legal files, the personal papers of gallery owner Linda Farris, and printed materials.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Seattle's avant-garde Linda Farris Gallery measure 13.4 linear feet and date from 1969-1995. The bulk of the records consist of artists' and exhibition files. Also found are gallery business correspondence, administrative files, event files, reference files, records of sales, scattered legal files, the personal papers of gallery owner Linda Farris, and printed materials. Business correspondence is with galleries, dealers, publishers, museums, and other businesses. Administrative files are varied and include advertising and promotion materials, exhibition schedules, mailing lists, guest books, a scrapbook, and gallery history.

Artists' files are found for many contemporary American artists that interested Linda Farris or were represented by the gallery. The contents of each file vary but many include photographs and slides, writings, correspondence, and printed materials. Files for Lynda Barry, Grisha Brusking, Charles Clough, Ronnie Landfield, Charles Luce, Michael Lucerno, Sherry Markovitz, Louise Nevelson, Barbara Noah, and Beverly Pepper are particularly rich. Exhibition files are for Linda Farris Gallery exhibitions and include printed materials, correspondence, loan and consignment agreements, and photographs.

Event files cover anniversary celebrations, lectures, panel discussions, and receptions. There are 17 sound cassette recordings of "Art Now" lectures and "Focus" panel discussions. Scattered reference files contain collected materials on subjects of interest to the gallery. There are scattered financial, sales, and legal files. Sales records cover 1970-1979.

Linda Farris' personal papers contain printed materials about her and the gallery and other materials concerning her professional and curatorial work outside of the gallery. There is also a transcript of an oral history with Farris and a news interview.

Printed materials include published books and magazines, clippings and exhibition catalogs and announcements.

Photographs are scattered throughout adminstrative files, exhibition files, event files, and Linda Farris' personal papers.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1975-1991, undated (Box 1; .7 linear feet)

Series 2: Administrative files, 1970-1995, undated (Box 1-2, 14; 1 linear feet)

Series 3: Artists and Exhibition files, 1969-1995, undated (Box 2-9, 15; 6.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Events files, 1971-1990, undated (Box 9, 14; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 5: Reference files, 1969-1994, undated (Box 9-10; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Financial, Sales and Legal files, 1970-1995 (Box 10; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 7: Linda Farris Papers, 1972-1995 (Box 10-11; .9 linear feet)

Series 8: Printed Materials, 1970-1995 (Box 11-14; 2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
The Linda Farris Gallery was Seattle's leading venue for contemporary art during its twenty-five years of operation.

Linda Farris opened Gallery East in Bellevue in 1970, and a year later moved to Pioneer Square in Seattle, changing the name to Linda Farris Gallery in 1973. The gallery continued to present contemporary art there until closing in December 1995. Art dealer Linda Farris began representing a group of promising artists, all graduates of the University of Washington. Greg Kucera of the Greg Kucera Gallery noted in an article for the Seattle Weekly, "Their work could be loosely seen as a movement, complete with aesthetic interrelationships, convenient marriages, an unintelligible manifesto in the form of Dennis Evans' quirky pronouncements…" From the same article he states, "Her avant-garde gallery changed forever the nature of being an art dealer in Seattle." It was among the three or four most influential galleries in the Pacific Northwest.

The gallery held exhibitions of many nationally known contemporary artists, including Sam Francis, Louise Nevelson, and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as Northwest artists Jeffrey Bishop, Dennis Evans, Sherry Markovitz, Nancy Mee, Norie Sato, and Patti Warashina. The latter group started with the gallery and remained loyal at the time of its closing in 1995.

Art dealer, collector and free-lance curator Linda B. Farris (1944-2005), a native of San Francisco and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (1966), was an active participant in and style setter for the Seattle art world for the twenty-five years she was in business. As a member of the art community she actively supported the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Pilchuck Glass School, and Seattle Art Museum's Contemporary Art Council, and served on the boards of directors of Henry Art Gallery and Factory Visual Arts. Farris curated "Eight Seattle Artists" in 1981 for the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art and "Self Portraits" in 1983 for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. She also led the movement to keep Henry Moore's "Vertebrae" from leaving Seattle, and instituted a series of talks, panel discussions, performances, and tours in her gallery, and in and around Seattle.

This note draws heavily on the Archives of American Art's West Coast Regional Collector Paul Karlstrom's collection description written upon acquisition of the papers.
Related Materials:
An oral history interview with Linda Farris conducted in 1975 by Sally Swenson, is located in the University of Washington University Libraries Digital Collections.
Provenance:
The Linda Farris Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art by owner Linda Farris in 1995 at the time she closed the gallery.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)  Search this
Art -- Washington (State) -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States  Search this
Transcripts  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Washington (State)
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Lectures
Photographs
Sound recordings
Visitors' books
Citation:
Linda Farris Gallery records, 1969-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.lindfarr
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a88eaff1-cd31-4f5b-a7bf-1e2648ae6b2d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lindfarr

Oral history interview with LaVerne Krause

Interviewee:
Krause, LaVerne, 1924-1987  Search this
Interviewer:
Kolisch, Marian W.  Search this
Names:
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983  Search this
Extent:
81 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 Apr. 17-Aug. 18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of LaVerne Krause conducted 1983 Apr. 17-Aug. 18, by Marian W. Kolisch, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, at the artist's studio, in Portland, Or. Krause speaks of her youth and family background; her education at the University of Oregon; the difficulties in being a parent while trying to pursue an art career; developing her own style and avoiding trends; her economic and personal difficulties; her travels to the Southwest, Europe, and Norway; her involvement in civic and art activities; and the public's changing tastes in art. She recalls Louis Bunce.
Biographical / Historical:
LaVerne Krause (1924-1987) was a painter, printmaker, and educator from Portland, Or.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 12 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Occupation:
Painters -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Educators -- Oregon  Search this
Printmakers -- Oregon  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.krause83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94845924c-7262-4af2-8a3b-c88c2c8f6d19
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-krause83
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Oral history interview with Edith Feldenheimer

Interviewee:
Feldenheimer, Edith, 1900-  Search this
Interviewer:
Kolisch, Marian W.  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording (ca. 2 hr.))
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 Nov. 23-Dec. 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edith Feldenheimer conducted 1982 Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, by Marion W. Kolisch, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, in the artist's home, in Portland, Or.
Feldenheimer speaks of her family background; her education in Europe; her early interest in the visual arts and the theater; Reed College and its art program and role in the community; her art collection; archaeological trips to France and Czechoslovakia; understanding contemporary art; and the stature of Oregon and Northwest art.
Biographical / Historical:
Edith Feldenheimre (1900-1984) is an art patron and collector from Portland, Or.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art patronage -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art patrons -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.felden82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw966f0f172-d438-4680-8964-a24244a74bcf
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-felden82
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Guy Anderson

Interviewee:
Anderson, Guy, 1906-1998  Search this
Interviewer:
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-  Search this
Names:
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound cassettes (Sound recording)
86 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 February 1-8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Guy Anderson conducted 1983 February 1-8, by Martha Kingsbury, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
Anderson speaks of his education; his career; the Great Depression and its impact on art and on him; working in the Seattle Art Museum in the 1930s; murals in the 1930s; the Spokane Art Center; vegetarianism; his travels in Alaska, Mexico, and Japan; meeting Morris Graves; religious painting; and the importance of the human figure to art.
Biographical / Historical:
Guy Anderson (1906-1998) was a painter, from LaConner, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 27 minutes.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Figurative art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- Washington (State) -- History  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.anders83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92c973680-13a7-424e-842b-2a4228b0f8b3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-anders83
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Oral history interview with Rudy Autio

Interviewee:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Harrington, LaMar, 1917-2005  Search this
Names:
Bray, Archie  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
99 Pages (Transcript)
1 Item (Audio excerpt: 1 sound file (3 min. 33 sec.), digital)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 October 10-1984 January 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Rudy Autio conducted 1983 October 10-1984 January 28, by LaMar Harrington, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Autio speaks of growing up in Butte, Montana; his first art experiences; his education at Montana State College; his Navy service; working for Archie Bray, a brickmaker; working in carved brick and chimney pots; his interest in Indian customs; working with Peter Voulkos, and Voulkos' style; abstract expressionism; the importance of universities, organizations, and publications to ceramic art; going to Helsinki and learning about Finnish crafts; his thoughts on architectural art; his work methods; and his work in porcelain.
Biographical / Historical:
Rudy Autio (1926-2007) was a sculptor and ceramist from Missoula, Montana.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 27 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Sculpture, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Pottery -- 20th century -- Montana  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Ceramicists -- Montana -- Missoula -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Montana -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.autio83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91f400dbb-5023-442e-ac97-f0f65b36c99b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-autio83
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Oral history interview with Louis Bunce

Interviewee:
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983  Search this
Interviewer:
Lafo, Rachel Rosenfield, 1951-  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kharouba Gallery (Portland, Or.)  Search this
Portland Art Museum (Or.)  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth, 1905-1986  Search this
Robinson, Boardman, 1876-1952  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
78 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 December 3-13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Louis Bunce conducted 1982 December 3-13, by Rachel Rosenfield, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
Bunce speaks of his family background and education at the Portland Museum Art School; attending the Art Students League in New York and studying under Max Weber, Boardman Robinson and others; returning to Portland during the Depression and working on WPA projects; his interest in jazz and its influence on his work; his involvement in the Northwest arts community; his interest in landscapes and figures; teaching at the Portland Museum Art School; founding the Kharouba Gallery; developing his interest in the graphic arts; and the current Portland art scene. He recalls Kenneth Callahan.
Biographical / Historical:
Louis Bunce (1907-1983) was a painter, printmaker, and educator from Portland, Oregon.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 43 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Painters -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bunce82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dde1094f-ff48-4425-a04d-57b8be9959c3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bunce82
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Oral history interview with Kenneth Callahan

Interviewee:
Callahan, Kenneth, 1905-1986  Search this
Interviewer:
Prince, Sue Ann  Search this
Names:
Group of Twelve (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Seattle Art Museum  Search this
Anderson, Guy, 1906-1998  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Extent:
75 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 October 27-December 19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Kenneth Callahan conducted 1982 October 27-1982 December 19, by Sue Ann Kendall, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
Callahan speaks of his childhood in Montana; his education; working as an illustrator; early shows of his work; mural commissions; the Northwest arts community, particularly Morris Graves, Guy Anderson and Mark Tobey; changes in his subject matter and interests; the increasing abstraction in his painting; the fire in his studio; his relationship with the Seattle Art Museum, where he worked as a curator for 20 years; collectors he has known; experimenting with other media; and contemporary art and its future.
Biographical / Historical:
Kenneth Callahan (1905-1986) was a painter, muralist, writer, and curator from Long Beach, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 27 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.callah82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f4fd83e5-f7a4-412d-add2-aa314479d613
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-callah82
Online Media:

Northwest Visionaries film production records

Topic:
Northwest visionaries (Video)
Creator:
Levine, Ken M.  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Guy, 1906-1998  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth, 1905-1986  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Horiuchi, Paul, 1906-  Search this
Juvonen, Helmi, 1903-1985  Search this
Levine, Ivory Waterworth  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Extent:
15.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1976-1980
Scope and Contents:
Records from the production of a documentary featuring the work of several Pacific Northwest artists, including Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, Helmi Juvonen, Margaret Tomkins, and George Tsutakawa. Artists are interviewed in their studios. Features early film clips of Mark Tobey.
Records include sound recordings of interviews with 19 artists; partial transcripts of interviews and production notes; motion picture film outtakes of interviews, paintings, artists working, nature scenes, and Seattle; a sound recording labeled "Flute and piano compositions" by Mark Tobey; and video copies of the finished film.
Provenance:
Donated by Kenneth and Ivory Waterworth Levine, 1985-1987.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Kenneth and Ivory Levine, Iris Film and Video. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Northwest school of artists  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Northwestern States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.leviken
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e7db22cf-24f9-4228-956f-261060f7661b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-leviken

Oral history interview with Wesley C. Wehr

Interviewee:
Wehr, Wesley, 1929-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-  Search this
Names:
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Extent:
109 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 May 26-September 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Wesley C. Wehr conducted 1983 May 26 - September 22, by Martha Kingsbury, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project in Seattle, Washington.
Wehr speaks of meeting the artists Morris Graves and Mark Tobey, their fame, their personalities and his relationship with them; his own background and education in music, poetry, paleobotany, and painting; the Seattle art scene and changes in it during the 1960s; and important Seattle collectors.
Biographical / Historical:
Wesley C. Wehr (1929-2004) is a painter and writer from Seattle, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 4 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wehr83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97fa8f5d8-50e1-4508-9a0b-66edc96e254c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wehr83
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Carl Morris

Interviewee:
Morris, Carl, 1911-1993  Search this
Interviewer:
Prince, Sue Ann  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Wash.)  Search this
Fuller, Richard E. (Richard Eugene), 1897-1976  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Extent:
44 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 Mar. 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Carl Morris conducted 1983 Mar. 23, by Sue Ann Kendall, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, at the artist's studio in Portland, Or.
Morris speaks of his family background; his early interest in art; his education at the Chicago Art Institute; becoming the head of the Spokane Federal Art Project; the changes in art during the 1930s; the Northwest arts community and his relationship to it; mysticism; and collectors, including Dr. Richard E. Fuller. He recalls Clyfford Still.
Biographical / Historical:
Carl Morris (1911-1993) was a painter from Portland, Or.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 42 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Painters -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.morris83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9932fd27a-13cb-4f34-bd0c-69cddccda862
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-morris83
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Oral history interview with Tom Robbins

Interviewee:
Robbins, Tom  Search this
Interviewer:
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-  Search this
Names:
Kendrick, William Philip  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Extent:
47 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1984 March 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tom Robbins conducted 1984 March 3, in La Conner, Wash., by Martha Kingsbury, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
Robbins speaks of his youth; the importance of his first trips to New York; meeting Barnett Newman and William Philip Kendrick; the influence of Oriental art; his drug experience; his research on Jackson Pollock; coming to Washington State and working as an art critic; the impact of the 1962 World's Fair on art; and style versus content in art.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Robbins (1936- ) is a writer and critic from LaConner, Wash.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 28 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art criticism  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Authors -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.robbin84
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ed46c84e-57c7-47bf-a4d8-5a9ca62a3383
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-robbin84
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Oral history interview with Maurine Hiatt Roberts

Interviewee:
Roberts, Maurine Hiatt, 1897 or 1898-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shores, Kenneth, 1928-  Search this
Names:
Contemporary Crafts Gallery (Portland, Or.)  Search this
Extent:
62 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1984 August 29-31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Maurine Hiatt Roberts conducted 1984 August 29-31, by Ken Shores, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, at the artist's home, in Portland, Or.
Roberts speaks of her background; her childhood in Kansas; her early influences and interests including theater design and costumes; her education; the founding of the Contemporary Crafts Gallery; the influence of Lydia Herrick Hodge; the Northwest art community; various exhibits and workshops she participated in; her dedication to education and promotion of art and craft; and teaching weaving and other activities.
Biographical / Historical:
Maurine Hiatt Roberts (b. 1897 or 8) was a painter, illustrator, and teacher from Portland, Or.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Handicraft -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Artisans -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.robert84
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw916f67c31-9826-4f26-9e66-f30942339292
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-robert84
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Oral history interview with Michele Russo

Interviewee:
Russo, Michele, 1909-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Van Cleve, Jane  Search this
Names:
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
49 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 August 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Michele Russo conducted 1983 August 29, by Jane Van Cleve, at the artist's studio in Portland, Or., for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Russo speaks of his youth and educational background; attending Yale University Art School; his participation in social activism; working on WPA projects; the development of his interest in painting; the lack of a gallery system on the West Coast; themes that recur in his work; the fire at the Fountain Gallery; the pressures on contemporary artists; and West Coast art styles.
Biographical / Historical:
Michele Russo (1909-2004) was a painter from Portland, Or.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 42 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Painters -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.russo83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99b4d52a0-155a-41db-8899-267fe077f949
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-russo83
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Oral history interview with Arlene Schnitzer

Interviewee:
Schnitzer, Arlene, 1929-  Search this
Interviewer:
Guenther, Bruce  Search this
Names:
Fountain Gallery of Art  Search this
Extent:
77 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1985 June 7-8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Arlene Schnitzer conducted 1985 June 7-8, by Bruce Guenther, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, at the Fountain Gallery of Art, in Portland, Or.
Biographical / Historical:
Arlene Schnitzer (1929-) is the founder and director of the Fountain Gallery in Portland, Or.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 43 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.schnit85
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94b429814-f0ea-4846-af7b-4e59f8d93009
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schnit85
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Oral history interview with Paul Thiry

Interviewee:
Thiry, Paul, 1904-1993  Search this
Interviewer:
Clausen, Meredith L.  Search this
Extent:
97 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 September 15-16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Paul Thiry conducted 1983 September 15-16, by Meredith L. Clausen, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project at the artist's home.
Thiry speaks of his early years in Nome, San Francisco, Paris, and Seattle; the decision to become an architect; his early designs; the influence of Japanese architecture; his work in public housing architecture; current trends in architecture; regional influences; church design; shopping center design; the Beaux Arts style; and the importance of history and diversity in modern design.
Biographical / Historical:
Paul Thiry (1904-1993) was an architect from Seattle, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 16 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Architecture -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Architects -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.thiry83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99b1492b9-536e-4301-bf24-5806dd766cd7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thiry83
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Oral history interview with Edward B. Thomas

Interviewee:
Thomas, Edward B., 1920-1984  Search this
Interviewer:
Olbrantz, John  Search this
Names:
Henry Art Gallery  Search this
Seattle Art Museum  Search this
Anderson, Guy, 1906-1998  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth, 1905-1986  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Extent:
84 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 April 28-May 10
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edward B. Thomas conducted 1983 April 28-May 10, by John Olbrantz, at the artist's home in Seattle, Washington, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Thomas speaks of his family background and early art experiences; his education at the University of Washington; printmaking and its role in Northwest art; his role as education director at the Seattle Art Museum; the development of the museum under Richard E. Fuller; contributors to the museum; the impact of the 1962 World's Fair; the Northwest art scene; exhibitions at the museum; interaction with the Henry Gallery and other museums; and his future plans. He recalls Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey.
Biographical / Historical:
Edward B. Thomas (1920-1984) was an educator and museum curator from Seattle, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 9 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Topic:
Prints -- 20th century -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Educators -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.thomas83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fb8bdaf4-cf0c-4d0d-a935-ea35153931d5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thomas83
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Oral history interview with Margaret Tomkins

Interviewee:
Tomkins, Margaret, 1916-  Search this
Interviewer:
Guenther, Bruce  Search this
Names:
Artists Gallery (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
FitzGerald, James, 1910-  Search this
Extent:
39 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1984 June 6
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Margaret Tomkins conducted 1984 June 6, by Bruce Guenther, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project at the artist's studio in Seattle, Washington.
Tomkins speaks of her childhood in Los Angeles; her education; the art collections in the Los Angeles area; the importance of the WPA project; the founding (with her husband James Fitzgerald) of the Artists Gallery in Seattle in 1958; being a woman artist and a working mother; finishing Fitzgerald's work after his death; her current work; and the influence of abstract expressionism.
Biographical / Historical:
Margaret Tomkins (1916-2002) was a painter from Seattle, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 21 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.tomkin84
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92c2994bb-84a1-4dd0-9a01-cce7113256be
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tomkin84
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Oral history interview with Alden Mason

Interviewee:
Mason, Alden, 1919-  Search this
Interviewer:
Harrington, LaMar, 1917-2005  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Fred  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Extent:
4 Sound cassettes (Sound recording)
94 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1984 Jan. 13-Feb. 21
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alden Mason conducted 1984 Jan. 13-1984 Feb. 21, by LaMar Harrington, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, at the artist's home in Seattle, Wash.
Mason speaks of his family background; early interests; his educational background at the University of Washington; his friendship with Fred Anderson; the development of his interest in art; teaching at the University of Washington; his students; his participation in the Artists' Gallery (Seattle, Wash.); the Northwest arts community and some of the artists, dealers and galleries involved in it; his exhibitions; his methods and style; his mural in the Washington State Senate chambers; and his philosophy.
Biographical / Historical:
Alden Mason (1919-2013) was a painter in Seattle, Wash.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 54 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mason84
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b8fafee4-b0a4-4025-963d-4bdd90070099
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mason84
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Oral history interview with Rachael Griffin

Interviewee:
Griffin, Rachael  Search this
Interviewer:
Guenther, Bruce  Search this
Names:
American Society of Aesthetics  Search this
Timberline Lodge (Mount Hood, Or.)  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound cassettes (Sound recording)
69 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 Feb. 19-20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Rachael Griffin conducted 1983 Feb. 19-20, by Bruce Guenther, in the artist's home in Portland, Or., for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
Griffin speaks of her family background and education; the WPA and the building of the Timberline Lodge; the art scene in Portland in the 1930s and 1940s; her involvement with the American Society of Aesthetics, the JOURNAL OF AESTHETICS and other organizations; her work with local artists; arts funding; and current activities.
Biographical / Historical:
Rachael Griffin (1906-1983) was a curator from Portland, Or.
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 others.
Topic:
Curators -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.griffi83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9006572e0-ea58-4408-b616-4025bde18463
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-griffi83
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