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Oral history interview with Edward L. Loper, 1989 May 12

Loper, Edward L., 1916-2011

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 132 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 33 min.

Summary: An interview of Edward Loper conducted 1989 May 12, by Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art. Loper speaks of his early life and education; his work on the WPA's Federal Art Project in Delaware, on the Index of American Design and the easel project; his self-education and stylistic development; meeting Albert Barnes; studying with Violette De Mazia at the Barnes Foundation; meeting Horace Pippin; his exhibition history and his affiliation with various galleries, including the Carlen Galleries; his teaching career; his experiences as an African American artist; the art scene in Wilmington.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward L. Loper (1916-2011) was a painter and instructor of Wilmington, Del.


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

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4778 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Edward L. Loper, 1989 May 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.