Oral history interview with Jean Vollum 1990


Vollum, Jean (Interviewee)
Greeley, Mary (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Jean Vollum 1990
SIDE A: First involvement in the arts, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, family and childhood, first contact with the arts in university, reflections on lack of good arts education in primary and secondary schools, encouragement of children's art education, opinions of parents on art career, discouragement from pursuing an art career, undergraduate education in English literature, self-education in art, preferred artistic medium, experiences with weaving and calligraphy, role models, Yvonne Bianco, marriage, family life, sons' careers, artistic aspirations, reflections on competition in the art world, reflections on the arts and commercialism, work as judge in an art contest, work in arts organizations, Governor's Award for Art, National American Craft Council, work as arts patron, Oregon Symphony, work as spokeswoman for the crafts movement, reflections on arts collecting, artistic judgment as an arts collector, influence of outside opinions on art collecting, outside encouragement for involvement in crafts, relationship to husband, reflections on influence of outside people, reflections on major turning points in career as an artist and patron, relationship to finances, influence of the marketplace on the arts and crafts world, reflections on honors and awards, Hilda Morris, influence on other artists' careers, relationship to public, initiative for arts education, reflections on success, major concerns and interests in life: conservancy [National Board of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International], art education in schools, classical music, children. SIDE B: reflections on greatest satisfaction and frustration in the arts world, influence of marketplace on art support work, self-description of occupation, advice for young artists.
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Research Center for Arts and Culture Oral History Collection
Decorative arts--United States; Art--Economic aspects; Vollum, Jean
oral histories
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51 pages; sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit)
Interviewed by Mary Greeley on May 29, 1990.
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Jean Vollum, Gift 1990
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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