Interviews of Helen Boyer and Warrington Colescott, 1984 Nov. 13 - 1986 Mar. 20

Wright, Helena, b. 1946
Curator
Active in Washington, D.C.

Boyer, Helen

Collection size: Total: 4 sound cassettes (ca. 90 min. each)
Boyer: 2 sound cassettes.
Colescott: 2 sound cassettes.

Collection Summary: Interviews conducted by Helena E. Wright of Helen Boyer and Warrington Colescott for research related to her position as curator in the division of Graphic Arts in the Department of Social and Cultural History at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Colescott discusses his suite of prints "The History of Printmaking" purchased by the Division of Graphic Arts, National Museum of American History in 1985. He mentions Rembrandt states and proofs; Robert Rauschenberg; Tamarind; viscosity printing; Slade School; Anthony Gross; and printmaking at the university level.

Boyer discusses being a member of a family of printmakers in Pittsburgh PA; the background and career of her mother, printmaker Louise Boyer; her mother's involvement in the development of anodized aluminum plates for drypoint; her mother's printmaking techniques; her father, architect and printmaker Ernest W. Boyer and his printmaking techniques; her own artistic development and career; the print market; the satirical and political content of her work from the 40s, her silk paintings; exhibitions; working for a toy manufacturer; working various jobs; and working in toy design.

Biographical/Historical Note: Curator; National Museum of American History.

Transferred from the National Museum of American History, Division of Graphic Arts, 1993.

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