Oral history interview with Marston Dean Hodgin
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Hodgin, Marston Dean, 1903-2003
Brown, Robert F.
1998 Aug. 25
Physical Description:
1 Sound cassette
Sound recording (80 min.)
26 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Marston Dean Hodgin conducted 1998 Aug. 25, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Hodgin's home, North Truro, Mass. The interview covers Hodgin's background and early career up to his trip to Europe in 1931.
Scope and Contents
Hodgin discusses settling in Richmond, Ind., his father's hometown; effect of his father's Quaker beliefs; great effect on him of art exhibitions staged by the Richmond Art Association at the local high school; first formal art lessons with Randolph Coats; freshman year at Indiana University; remaining college years at Earlham College; to Provincetown summer 1924 to study at a school run (for 2 years) by Indiana painters Coats and James P. Hopkins; to Miami University of Ohio in 1927 as an artist-in-residence; establishing ca. 1928 the School of Fine Arts at Miami University; marriage to childhood sweetheart, Lucy Loufborrow in 1929; summer 1931 trip to Europe to familiarize himself with leading art museums; his comprehensive definition of art as encompassing the visual arts, music and dance; and comparisons between painting and poetry.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Marston Dean Hodgin (1903-2003) was a painter and teacher of North Truro, Mass.

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.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

Sound of hammering toward end of interview.

Digital Content

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This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
System Details
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette.

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