Oral history interview with Art Smith, 1971 August 24-31

Smith, Art , b. 1917 d. 1982
Jeweler
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 27 pages.

Format: Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 16 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Art Smith conducted 1971 August 24-31, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Smith speaks of his background and education; teaching crafts to children; starting his own jewelry shop; his designs; materials and techniques; his use of stones; exhibitions of his work. He recalls Paul LaBelles.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art Smith (1917-1982) was a jewelry designer from New York, N.Y.

These interviews are part of the Archives' 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.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Art Smith, 1971 August 24-31, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Art Smith, 1971 August 24-31, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.