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Oral history interview with Samuel Clayberger, 1981 November 4

Clayberger, Samuel R. (Samuel Robert), 1926-2018

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 36 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 3 min.

Summary: An interview of Samuel R. Clayberger conducted 1981 November 4, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Clayberger speaks of his early teaching career at Otis Art Institute; incoming students' lack of drawing and other fundamental skills; his approach to drawing a model; and the impact of the model's personality on his work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel R. Clayberger (1926- ) is a painter, illustrator, and educator of Los Angeles, California.


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

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Samuel Clayberger, 1981 November 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.