Oral history interview with Robert Arneson

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.arneso81
Creators:
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992
Jones, Mady
Dates:
1981 August 14-15
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
96 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Robert Arneson conducted 1981 August 14-15, by Mady Jones, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Arneson speaks of his family background, teaching himself to draw by copying comic strips, his early interest in commercial art and discovering ceramics. He discusses, teaching ceramics to high school students, his philosophy of teaching; and the influence of Peter Voulkos and the shift toward abstract expressionism and Pop art. He reminisces about the first exhibit of his work; getting established in galleries; teaching ceramics at the University of California, Davis; his major exhibitions; and museum purchases of his work.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Robert Arneson (1930-1992) is a ceramic sculptor from Benicia, California.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
Author
Sponsor
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 11 min.
General
Sound quality is poor.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Abstract expressionism -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramics sculpture -- California -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramicists -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art teachers -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Thiebaud, Wayne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wildenhain, Marguerite Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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