U.S. General Services Administration, Design Excellence and the Arts Oral History Project

By the Archives
February 12, 2016
August 2008–August 2010
Grayscale image of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office Building, ca. 1968

Department of Housing and Urban Development Office Building, ca. 1968

Beginning in 2008, Jennifer Gibson, Fine Arts Program Manager, and Susan Harrison, Art in Architecture Program Manager, of the US General Services Administration, partnered with the Archives of American Art to produce a series of oral history interviews with artists who had been commissioned by GSA’s Art in Architecture Program to create public art for federal buildings.  These interviews provided an opportunity for the artists to speak generally about their work and experiences and specifically to reflect on their GSA commissions, including their working methods, materials, and any concerns they may have about conservation.

 

The Archives produced twenty-one new oral history interviews. While these interviews are broadly autobiographical, each one includes a discussion of works of art created by the artist for the Fine Arts or Art in Architecture Program.

Total Records: 21