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Oral history interview with Michael W. Monroe, 2018 January 22-March 1

Interviewee:
Monroe, Michael W., 1940-  Search this
Monroe, Michael W., 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
Herman, Lloyd E., 1936-  Search this
Subject:
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Renwick Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Arts -- Management  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17549
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)393144
AAA_collcode_monroe18
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_393144
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Oral history interview with Ramona Solberg, 2001 March 23

Interviewee:
Solberg, Ramona L., 1921-2005  Search this
Solberg, Ramona L., 1921-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Halper, Vicki  Search this
Subject:
Day, Russell  Search this
Hall, Laurie  Search this
Harrington, LaMar  Search this
Ho, Ron  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Maloof, Frieda  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Marshall, John  Search this
Pence, Coralyn  Search this
Penington, Ruth  Search this
Slemmons, Kiff  Search this
Tompkins, Don  Search this
Woell, J. Fred  Search this
Worden, Nancy  Search this
Central Washington State College  Search this
Edison Vocational School  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
University of Washington  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Technique  Search this
Jewelers -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12835
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)226997
AAA_collcode_solber01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_226997
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ramona Solberg

Interviewee:
Solberg, Ramona  Search this
Interviewer:
Halper, Vicki  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Central Washington State College -- Faculty  Search this
Edison Vocational School -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of Washington -- Students  Search this
Day, Russell  Search this
Hall, Laurie  Search this
Harrington, LaMar, 1917-2005  Search this
Ho, Ron  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee, 1943-  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Maloof, Frieda  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Marshall, John, 1936-  Search this
Pence, Coralyn  Search this
Penington, Ruth, b. 1905  Search this
Slemmons, Kiff  Search this
Tompkins, Don  Search this
Woell, J. Fred, 1934-  Search this
Worden, Nancy  Search this
Extent:
35 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 March 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ramona Solberg conducted 2001 March 23, by Vicki Halper, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Solberg's apartment, Seattle, Washington.
Solberg speaks of her family background and childhood in Seattle; her jewelry studies with Ruth Pennington at the University of Washington in Seattle and her use of found objects; her service in the Unites States Army; attending the Edison Vocational School on the GI Bill and pursuing a masters degree in jewelry at the University of Washington; studies with Coralyn Pence; her travels to Mexico and her fascination with pre-Columbian objects; enameling in Norway; collecting beads from around the world; her book, "Inventive Jewelry-Making" (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1972); leading tours for a Seattle-based group, "Friends of the Crafts," to the Middle East, Asia, Antarctica, and elsewhere for 16 or 17 years; teaching at Central Washington State College and creating her first bead and found object pieces there in 1956; her fondness for turquoise, lapis, and coral; inviting Don Tompkins to teach at Central Washington State College; Tompkins's "tongue-in-cheek" use of metals; her desire to make jewelry that can "shake, rattle, and roll"; teaching and workshops; her use of preliminary sketches; her soldering technique; fasteners; the weight of her jewelry; the "restraints of jewelry"; her lack of interest in making matched sets and bracelets and rings; the lack of social commentary in her work; her series of pieces inspired by the book, "Watership Down;" the influence of Fred Woell and his use of "American throw-aways"; her involvement with the Northwest region of the American Craft Council; her association with a group of jewelers in the Northwest including Ron Ho, Laurie Hall, Nancy Worden, and Kiff Slemmons; making beaded fibulas; curating exhibitions such as Ubiquitous Bead (1987) and Ubiquitous Bead II (1998) at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle; exhibitions at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle and the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle; working in small spaces; getting into the exhibition Objects: USA "through the back door"; her status as an international artist; pricing her work; her pieces in museum collections; and her health. She recalls Russell Day, Jack Lenor Larsen, Sam and Frieda Maloof, John Marshall, Marvin Lipofsky, LaMar Harrington, Mary Lee Hu, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Ramona Solberg (1921-2005) was a jeweler from Seattle, Washington. Vicki Halper is a curator at the Seattle Art Museum.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 13 min.
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.
Topic:
Art -- Technique  Search this
Jewelers -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.solber01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b1828bbb-30f3-403c-9455-424d2bde6e1a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-solber01
Online Media:

Silver in service

Author:
Castle Gallery  Search this
Georgia State University Art Gallery  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
9 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
1987?]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7230 .S58 1987
NK7230.S58 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_382853

Oral history interview with Michael W. Monroe

Interviewee:
Monroe, Michael W.  Search this
Creator:
Herman, Lloyd E.  Search this
Names:
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Renwick Gallery  Search this
Extent:
8 Items (sound files (3 hr., 59 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
71 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2018 January 22-March 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Michael W. Monroe conducted 2018 January 22-March 1, by Lloyd Herman, for the Archives of American Art, at the home of Michael Monroe and at the home of Lloyd Herman, in Seattle, Washington.
Monroe speaks of his childhood in Racine, Wisconsin; his Danish immigrant community and early exposure to Danish design; early experiences of art-making; his art and teaching education at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee; experiences with Midwestern art museums in adolescence and young adulthood; his graduate art education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art; his work as gallery director at SUNY Oneonta in the early 1970s; his approach to evaluating and curating craftwork; his curatorial tenure and close collaboration with Herman at the Renwick Gallery; securing the Renwick's Albert Paley gates; his lifestyle in the Washington, DC area; the American craft movement's shift towards the marketplace, social media, and quick do-it-yourself methods; organizing the "Craft Multiples" traveling exhibition; the beginning of the Renwick's collections policy; organizing "Celebration: A World of Art and Ritual;" organizing the White House Collection of Crafts and its eventual transfer to the Clinton Presidential Library; his continued involvement with the craft world after retirement from the Renwick; his tenure as executive director of the Bellevue Arts Museum; his mentorship of young craft artists; and his sense of the past and future of American crafts. Monroe also recalls Sylvester Jerry, Cherry Barr Jerry, Robert Verizer, Robert Kidd, George Ortman, Julius Schmidt, Richard DeVore, Steve Frykholm, Jon Eric Riis, Arturo Sandoval, Gretchen Bellinger, Bernadette Monroe, Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, William Harper, Wendell Castle, Françoise Grossen, Claire Zeisler, Sarah Booth Conroy, Sheila Hicks, Dale Chihuly, Arthur Mason, Jane Mason, Betty Ford, Joan Mondale, Rosalynn Carter, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Paul Gottlieb, Peter Joseph, Matthew Kangas, Mark Haley, Nora Atkinson, and others. Herman recalls Susan Mellon, Joshua Taylor, Paul Gardner, Charles Eldredge, Elizabeth Broun, Paul Smith, Rose Slivka, Diane Douglas, Janet Kardon, William Morris, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Michael W. Monroe (1940- ) is director emeritus of the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington. Lloyd Herman (1936- ) is the founding director (emeritus) of the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. who resides in Seattle, Washington.
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.
Restrictions:
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Arts -- Management  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.monroe18
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw962a4c55d-eb2d-49eb-bf85-a031dfe33257
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-monroe18
Online Media:

A tapestry of memories : the art of Dinh Q. Lê : [exhibition] Bellevue Arts Museum

Title:
Art of Dinh Q. Lê
Author:
Lê, Dinh Q. 1968-  Search this
Catalani, Stefano  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Lê, Dinh Q. 1968-  Search this
Lê, Dinh Q. 1968-  Search this
Physical description:
82, [6] p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
In art
Place:
Vietnam
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Art and the war  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_917880

American landscape paintings : selections from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta / Peter Morrin and Eric Zafran ; assisted by Ann Schierman ; [exhibition] organized by the High Museum of Art and WAAM/The Art Museum Association

Author:
High Museum of Art  Search this
Morrin, Peter  Search this
Zafran, Eric  Search this
Schierman, Ann  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Western Association of Art Museums  Search this
Subject:
High Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1981
19th century
Topic:
Landscape painting, American  Search this
Landscape painting  Search this
Call number:
ND1351.5 .H52 1981X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_509972

Knitted, knotted, twisted, & twined : the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu / [foreword by Stefano Catalani]

Title:
Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu
Knitted, knotted, twisted, and twined, the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu
Author:
Hu, Mary Lee 1943-  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Catalani, Stefano  Search this
Subject:
Hu, Mary Lee 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
150 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Biography
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2012
Topic:
Gold jewelry  Search this
Silver jewelry  Search this
Jewelers  Search this
Jewelry--History  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086139

Gold standard

Author:
Gralnick, Lisa 1956-  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Gralnick, Lisa 1956-  Search this
Gralnick, Lisa 1956-  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Gold in art  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.G73 A4 2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_986118

William Morris : native species : the George R. Stroemple collection / William Warmus

Title:
Native species
Author:
Warmus, William  Search this
Morris, William 1957-  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Morris, William 1957-  Search this
Stroemple, George R Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
124 p. : col. ill. ; 42 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Oregon
Date:
2006
C2006
21st century
Topic:
Glass art--History  Search this
Glass art--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_817333

Garry Knox Bennett : call me chairmaker / foreword by Michael W. Monroe, director and chief curator ; essays by Matthew Kangas; Glenn Adamson; Arthur C. Danto ; and Stefano Catalani

Title:
Call me chairmaker
Author:
Bennett, Garry Knox 1934-  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Danto, Arthur C. 1924-2013-  Search this
Catalani, Stefano  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Bennett, Garry Knox 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
20th century
Topic:
Chairs--History  Search this
Chair design--History  Search this
Furniture design--History  Search this
Call number:
NK2715 .B46 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_818663

David Chatt : two hands, twenty years and a billion beads

Title:
Two hands, twenty years and a billion beads
Author:
Chatt, David 1960-  Search this
Catalani, Stefano  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Chatt, David 1960-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
C2005
21st century
Topic:
Glass beads  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Glass sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NK3650.5.U64 C43 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825357

Storm cycle : an artist responds to Hurricane Katrina / Thomas Mann

Author:
Mann, Thomas 1947-  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Mann, Thomas 1947-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Disasters in art  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Hurricane Katrina, 2005  Search this
Call number:
NK7398.M35 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825387

Barbara Cooper : re:growth

Title:
Barbara Cooper, regrowth
Re : growth
Author:
Cooper, Barbara 1949-  Search this
Brunetti, John  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, Barbara 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Wood sculpture, American  Search this
Charcoal drawing  Search this
Call number:
NB237.C64 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_849390

Luminous : January 13-June 17, 2001, Bellevue, Washington : Iole Alessandrini, James Carl ... / [organized by Bellevue Art Museum and curated by Brian Wallace]

Title:
Luminous
Author:
Wallace, Brian  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Light art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746264

Art, a fair legacy : the journey from fair to museum / Sherry Grindeland

Author:
Grindeland, Sherry  Search this
Subject:
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.) History  Search this
Physical description:
114 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (State)
Bellevue
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Art museums--History  Search this
Call number:
N516.B47 G75 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_777193

Heir apparent : translating the secrets of Venetian glass : September 6 through November 16, 1997, Bellevue Art Museum

Author:
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Italy
Venice
Washington (State)
Seattle
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
Glass art  Search this
Call number:
NK5101.B4 B45 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_784233

Women's Caucus for Art honor awards for outstanding achievement in the visual arts : 14th annual exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum ... Bellevue, Washington 98004, 23 January to 14 March 1993 : 14th annual ceremony 7:00 p.m., Tuesday 2 February 1993 ... Courtyard Ballroom ... Seattle, Washington / WCA

Author:
Women's Caucus for Art  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Goldman, Shifra M. 1926-  Search this
Graves, Nancy 1940-1995  Search this
Women's Caucus for Art Awards  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
1993]
20th century
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N8354 .W89 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_688806

George Tsutakawa / Martha Kingsbury ; with an introductory essay by Sumio Kuwabara

Author:
Kingsbury, Martha 1941-  Search this
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Kuwabara, Sumio 1924-  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Physical description:
156 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
N40.1.T876 K5 1990
N40.1.T876 K5 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405585

Fabled cloths of Minangkabau / Anne and John Summerfield

Author:
Summerfield, Anne 1917-  Search this
Summerfield, John 1917-  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Santa Barbara Museum of Art  Search this
Utah Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Indonesia
Sumatra
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Textile fabrics  Search this
Textile fabrics, Minangkabau  Search this
Call number:
NK8980.A3 S87 1991
NK8980.A3S87376 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_426727

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