Oral Histories

Interview of June Wayne (1976)

Printmaker, tapestry designer, and painter. Founder of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop.
Los Angeles Art Community: Group Portrait, June Wayne
Los Angeles Art Community - Group Portrait
Biographical Note:
Printmaker, tapestry designer, and painter. Founder of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop.
Smith, Kathryn A.
Wayne, June
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
17 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series includes interviews with prominent Los Angeles-based visual artists and other members of the art establishment whose careers span the period from the 1920s through the 1970s. It documents the art community of the pre-World War II period and the rise of Los Angeles as a nationally recognized art center in the postwar period. Funding for this series was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Growing up in Chicago; influence of mother and grandmother; early artistic experiences; Saturday classes at Chicago Art Institute; first exhibit at Boulevard Gallery, Chicago, 1935; Harold Jacobson; Works Progress Administration artists' projects; position of women during Depression; mother's leftist and feminist political inclinations; artistic and intellectual scene in 1930s Chicago; working in artists union; status of arts and government; move to New York, 1939; marriage to George Wayne; wartime experiences; move to Los Angeles after World War II; meeting Jules Langsner; introduction to Los Angeles artists Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Peter Krasnow; Rico Lebrun's group; important galleries of 1950s; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; artists and dealers; Huntington Hartford Foundation; Charles Neider; sculptor Cornelia Runyon; beginning lithography work; printer Lynton Kistler; early work, The Messenger and Fables for the Undecided; McCarthyite attack on modern art; Frank Perls; Los Angeles Art Committee and Los Angeles City Council; exhibition at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1950, given by Donald Bear; exhibition at Pasadena Museum of Art; comparison with Ynez Johnston; Katharine Kuh and Perls; working with lithographer Marcel Durassier in Paris, 1957; American and French printing techniques; proposal to Ford Foundation for restoring art of lithography in United States; founding Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1960; Garo Antreasian and Clinton Adams; Romas Viesulas and Aubrey Schwartz; artists working in printshop; Bohuslav Horak; Irwin Hollander; Ken Tyler and Gemini Editions, Ltd.; critical shortages of supplies; fellowships at Tamarind: Bruce Conner, Sam Francis, William Brice, Richard Diebenkorn, Ynez Johnston; Tamarind Prize awarded to Jean Dubuffet and printer Serge Lozingot; trials of Connor Everts and David Stuart; Ferus Gallery; Theo Gusten of International Graphic Arts Society; William Lieberman of Museum of Modern Art (MOMA); Tamarind show at MOMA, 1969; Wayne show at FAR Gallery, New York, 1969; Visa series; Tidal Wave series; June Wayne television series; women's movement and art scene; Tamarind Institute at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1970; Burning Helix series; Dorothy series; tapestry film.