Minnesota Artists Oral History Project: Interview with Clement B. Haupers

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Titles Minnesota Artists Oral History Project: Interview with Clement B. Haupers
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: In 1981 the MHS received from the St. Paul Public Library a donation of a collection of prints by various WPA artists in Minnesota. Haupers, director of the Federal Art Project in Minnesota, 1935-1942, looked at a number of the prints and was asked for his recollections of the artists. For the most part his comments were brief. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: WPA artists of the prints, including: Stanford Fennell, Erle Loran, Wilbur W. Hausner, Bennet Swanson (some detail), John M. Socha, Mac LeSueur, George Resler, Glen Ranney, Alexander Oja, Lynn Kempman, Marvel Midtby, Bob Brown. Information about administering the FAP in Minnesota. Haupers's work organizing the state fair art show which led to his appointment as FAP director in Minnesota. Haupers's job of convincing people to support FAP in Minnesota. His problem with alcoholism. Haupers's inner drive to be an artist: "I always wanted to draw, to put down what I saw." Presses and pressmen for printing lithos for FAP. Syd Fossum's problem with the FAP - the accusation of his attempting to defraud US government - raises the question of to what extent is government involvement desirable. Details about Haupers's support staff, graduated pay scale for artists (skilled: $1.10/hr.; unskilled: $.90/hr.), mechanism for producing work. Comments about various schooling and training an artist may get and value of it. Haupers's training in Paris. Destruction of FAP murals - question of what to preserve. State Fair art show - organizing shows, new building in 1980, problems of exhibiting certain pieces and humorous solutions. Musings on Haupers's exhibit at MHS.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
25 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:15:32 running time
Creation Interviewee: Haupers, Clement B.
Interviewer: O'Sullivan, Thomas
Interviewer: Knight, Elizabeth
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 04/03/1981
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 1 (Library Call Number)
AV1981.112 (Accession Number)
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Artists Oral History Project'


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