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Oral history interview with Warren Rohrer, 1989 March 9-June 1

Rohrer, Warren, 1927-1995

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 258 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 9 hr., 54 min.

Summary: An interview of Warren Rohrer conducted 1989 March 9-June 1, by Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project. Rohrer speaks of his early life as a Mennonite and his schooling on a farm in Lancaster, Pa.; his art studies at Eastern Mennonite College, James Madison College, Pennsylvania State University with Hobson Pittman, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Francis Speight, and art history classes at the University of Pennsylvania; the development of his work, his efforts at portraiture, and the importance of landscape to his art for most of his career as a painter; his teaching in the Education Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia College of Art; his exhibitions at the Robert Carlen Galleries, the Makler Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy's Morris Gallery, the Marian Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as the Lamagna Gallery and CDS Gallery in New York City; his collectors, and critics' reactions to his work in New York and Philadelphia.

Biographical/Historical Note

Warren Rohrer (1927-1995) was a painter and educator from Philadelphia, Pa.


These interviews are 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

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4779 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Warren Rohrer, 1989 March 9-June 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.