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Oral history interview with Samuel Clayberger, 1999 September 1

Oral history interview with Samuel Clayberger, 1999 September 1

Clayberger, Samuel R. (Samuel Robert), 1926-

Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound cassettes (93 min.) : analog.

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 33 min.

Summary: An interview of Samuel Clayberger conducted 1999 September 1, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Clayberger's studio, Los Angeles, California. This interview was conducted as part of a series devoted to artists and models.

Clayberger discusses his preference for working with non-professionals because they are involved in a process of self-discovery that, in his experience, brings a special energy and vitality to the sessions. The artist discussed this phenomenon as he has observed it in several of his favorite models spanning the years 1965 to the present. Also described were differences between their attitudes and degree of comfort in the studio situation. He spoke candidly about the models, how their individual personalities were reflected in their poses and studio behavior, and his different relationships to them.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel R. Clayberger (1926- ) is a painter of Los Angeles, California. A graduate of Chouinard Art Institute, Clayberger taught life drawing for many years at Otis Art Institute.


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.


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 Samuel Clayberger, 1999 September 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.