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Oral history interview with James Penney, 1981 August 21-December 6

Oral history interview with James Penney, 1981 August 21-December 6

Penney, James, 1910-1982

Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound tape reels (3 hr., 9 min.)

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 9 min.

Summary: An interview of James Penney conducted 1981 August 21-December 6, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Penney speaks of his education at the University of Kansas and at the Art Students League; studying painting with George Grosz and Thomas Hart Benton; his work with Moses Soyer on WPA murals in New York City; working as Vice-President of the Art Students League in the 1940s; and as a painting instructor at Hamilton College, 1948-1976.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Penney (1910-1982) was a painter and educator.

Provenance

These interviews are 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.

Funding

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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with James Penney, 1981 August 21-December 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.