Archives of American Art

Oral history interview with Ferol Sibley Warthen

Collection ID:
Warthen, Ferol Sibley, 1890-1986
Brown, Robert F.
1981 September 3
Physical Description:
2 Items
sound files
digital, wav file
35 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Ferol Sibley Warthen conducted 1981 September 3, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Warthen discusses her childhood in Columbus, Ohio; attending the Columbus Art School; studying with Alice Schille and John E. Hussey; moving to New York City in 1910 to study at the Art Students League with Kenneth Hayes Miller and William Merritt Chase; moving back to Columbus to attend university to become a teacher; teaching art and design to high school students in Columbus; moving back to New York City to work in embroidery in a millinery shop; marrying Lee Roland Warthen in 1925 and becoming a housewife while painting in her spare time; moving to Washington, DC in 1935; her landscape and watercolor paintings; influences on her work such as Blanche Lazzell, Karl Knaths, and Fukwara Jin Basuke; making her woodblock and white line prints.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ferol Sibley Warthen (1890-1986) was a printmaker and painter from Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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 others.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.

More Information
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 40 min.

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