Oral history interview with Jack Savitsky, 1990 July 9

Savitsky, Jack , b. 1910 d. 1991
Folk artist
Active in Lansford, Pa.

Size: Transcript 86 pages.

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr.

Collection Summary: An interview of Jack Savitsky conducted 1990 July 9, by Jack Lindsey, for the Archives of American Art.

Savitsky speaks about his family background; his early life as a miner and its effect on his life; his work, including subjects, materials, style, and gallery exhibitions; Sterling Strauser's promotion of his work, and other collectors. He recalls Justin McCarthy.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jack Savitsky (1910-1991) was a folk artist and painter from Lansford, Pa.

This interview is 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.

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.

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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 Jack Savitsky, 1990 July 9, 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 Jack Savitsky, 1990 July 9, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.