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Oral history interview with Amy Freeman Lee, 1980 Sept. 15

Lee, Amy Freeman, 1914-2004

Painter, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 84 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 19 min.

Summary: An interview of Amy Freeman Lee conducted 1980 Sept. 15, by Sandra Curtis Levy, for the Archives of American Art.
Lee speaks of her youth in Seguin, Tex.; her education; the development of her interest in art; her philanthropic activities; starting out as a water colorist; influences on her painting style; her experiments with neon; Texas as an artistic community; her decision not to do abstract expressionist painting; her philosophy of life.

Biographical/Historical Note

Amy Freeman Lee (1914-2004) was a painter, lecturer, and critic from San Antonio, Tex. Studied at University of Texas, Austin, and Incarnate Word College. She is active in supporting and furthering the cause of the fine arts in the southwest United States.


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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: Use requires an appointment.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Amy Freeman Lee, 1980 Sept. 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.