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Oral history interview with Frederick D. Jones, 1988 Nov. 8-10

Jones, Frederick D., 1913-1996

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 Sound cassettes; 80 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of Frederick D. Jones conducted 1988 Nov. 8-10, by Arlene E. Williams, for the Archives of American Art African-American Artists in Chicago oral history project (1988-1989).
Jones speaks of his early life and training, and of the influence of Hale Woodrufff, Louis Ritman, and Eldzier Cortor. He recalls his involvement with the South Side Community Art Center. He discusses some of his early exhibitions, the influences of African and European art, and changes in the art scene after World War II. He compares Chicago and New York art schools, and speaks about the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Finally, he discusses the civil rights movement and its relationship to the art of the times.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick D. Jones (1913-1996) was a painter in Chicago, Ill.


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

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Frederick D. Jones, 1988 Nov. 8-10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.