Oral history interview with Neil Welliver, 1996 Nov. 14

Welliver, Neil Gavin , b. 1929 d. 2005
Painter, Teacher
Active in Lincolnville, Me.

Size: Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes (120 min.) : analog.

Collection Summary: An interview of Neil Welliver conducted 1996 Nov. 14, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Welliver's home in Lincolnville, Me.

Welliver talks about his childhood in Pennsylvania; his self-education; his marriage to a fashion illustrator; attending the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (now University of the Arts), receiving a BFA in 1953; teaching art in a public school; attending the Yale School of Art (MFA 1955) and teachers there; going to Maine; teaching at Yale (1955-1965); teaching at the University of Pennsylvania (1966-1989) at the graduate level. He recalls architect Louis Kahn at Yale and then at Pennsylvania; his various New York dealers from the 1960s, including Eleanor Ward at Stable Gallery, Aladar Marburger at Fischbach Gallery, and Pierre Lefraie at Marlborough Gallery; various art world friends, including Hilton Kramer, Clement Greenberg, and Fairfield Porter; and receiving an honorary doctorate of fine arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1996.

Biographical/Historical Note: Neil Welliver (1929-2005) was a painter and teacher in Lincolnville, Me.

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.

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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