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Oral history interview with Ellen Phelan, 2008 Nov. 15-2009 Jan. 2

Phelan, Ellen Denise, 1943-

Painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 4 Items, wav files (4 hr., 36 min.), digital

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 36 min.

Summary: An interview of Ellen Phelan conducted 2008 Nov. 15-2009 Jan. 2, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Phelan's home and studio, in New York, N.Y.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ellen Phelan (1943- ) is a painter in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former executive director of iCI in New York, N.Y.


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.

Language Note

English .


Funding for this interview provided by the Brown Foundation. 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 Ellen Phelan, 2008 Nov. 15-2009 Jan. 2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.