An interview of Stanley H. Witmeyer conducted 1985 June 22, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Witmeyer speaks of his childhood in Palmyra, Pennsylvania and moving to Rochester, New York at the age of nine; attending Edison Tech High School; his devotion to painting and basketball in high school; receiving a basketball scholarship to Syracuse University but deciding instead to attend the Mechanics Institute in Rochester (now the Rochester Institute of Technology); taking his first job with the L.M. Berry Company (then part of the Rochester Telephone Company); getting an offer from Eastman Kodak Company to play basketball for their professional league; quitting the team to attend Buffalo State University to study arts education; taking a job in Cuba, New York as an arts administrator in the public school system; teaching art in grades K-12 in Cuba, New York; receiving a scholarship to attend the Charles Woodbury School in Maine; receiving a scholarship to attend graduate school at Syracuse University, but leaving after a semester after getting drafted into the army during World War II; serving with the 30th Battalion in the mapping division in Hawaii; returning to Syracause University after the war to finish his MFA in design; joining RIT as an instructor in 1946; becoming the director of RIT's school of art and design in 1952.
Biographical / Historical:
Stanley Herbert Witmeyer (1913-2011) was a painter and art administrator of Fairport, N.Y.
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 35 min.
These interviews are 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.
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
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Scope and Contents:
Biographical data, correspondence, Iroquois Art Association file, lectures, writings, printed materials and photographs.
Biographical data, including a proof page for WHO'S WHO and a faculty evaluation for Witmeyer by the Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology; correspondence mostly regarding Witmeyer's career, achievements and other professional matters; Iroquois Art Association file containing correspondence, notices of meetings, membership lists, and questionnaires; the texts for two undated lectures: "The Challenge to Art Education," and "The Graphic Communicator";
miscellaneous writings, including "A Program for a Graphic Communications Curriculum," "A Proposal for a Program School of Art and Design/Rochester Institute of Technology," "The Arts and Crafts in Retrospect in this 150th Anniversary of the Rochester Institute of Technology,"; printed materials including clippings and a copy of Witmeyer's A SEARCH FOR MEANING, published in 1961; and 7 photographs of Witmeyer. Also includes correspondence, reports, proposals for space requirements, moving plans for a new campus for the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Biographical / Historical:
Art school director; Rochester, N.Y. Served as Director of the School of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1952-1968, and as Associate Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1968-1973.
Donated 1985 by Witmeyer.
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An interview with Hans Joachim Barschel conducted 1994 September 14, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Barschel discusses his childhood during World War I and the 1920s in two Berlin suburbs, Charlottenburg and Pankow, as the son of a civil engineer and his wife, whose father was a factory foreman; the contrast of the ludicrous militarism of the late Wilhelmine Germany with the straightened but liberalized circumstances of life in the Weimar Republic which followed; and his first acquaintance with foreign cultures during a 1929 excursion with his free-spirited aunt and uncle.
He remembers the enlightened teaching and loose curricula he experienced during 1930-35 in advertising design study with George Salter at the Municipal Art School, Berlin, and then in graduate studies in design, painting, printmaking, and photography at the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Berlin-Charlottenburg. He talks about his disgust at the onset of Naziism; his brief career (1935-37) in Berlin as a free-lance graphic designer and as head graphic designer for the Reichsbahn; his getting his beloved teacher, George Salter, a Jew, out of Nazi Germany; his emigration in 1937 using forged documents and his rapid establishment as a designer in New York thanks to his friendship with Dr. Robert Leslie of The Composing Room.
He discusses advertisements, posters, and book jackets designed for American publications and companies and (1948) for the United Nations; his move to Rochester, New York, in 1952, as a designer for printing companies and beginning the teaching of design at the Rochester Institute of Technology at the invitation of Stanley Witmeyer, Director of its School of Art and Design; fellow teachers at RIT, including the ceramists, Hobart Cowles and Frans Wildenhain; and the importance of continually refreshing the creative powers by sketching in nature, a principle instilled in him as a student which he carried into his teaching at RIT.
Biographical / Historical:
Hans Joachim Barschel (1912-1998) was a graphic designer and art instructor from Rochester, New York.
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 1 min.
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.
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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