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Oral history interview with Anna Belle Illien, 1985 Sept. 27

Illien, Anna Belle



Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 Sound cassettes; 54 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of Anna Belle Illien conducted 1985 Sept. 27, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.
Illien speaks of the history of the Gallerie Illien in Atlanta; her commitment to show Georgia painters and sculptors; Judith Alexander as an "innovator and educator" in the Atlanta gallery movement; and sales and rentals of art works to interior designers and architects. She discusses the state art programs that she began, including the Georgia "art bus", the "Art for Urban Walls" mural project in Atlanta, and art for MARTA (Atlanta's transit system).

Biographical/Historical Note

Anna Belle Illien is an art dealer from Atlanta, Ga.


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.

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

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Anna Belle Illien, 1985 Sept. 27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.