Oral Histories

Interview of Emerson Woelffer

Painter and educator at Chouinard Art Institute and Otis Art Institute.
Los Angeles Art Community: Group Portrait, Emerson Woelffer
Los Angeles Art Community - Group Portrait
Biographical Note:
Painter and educator at Chouinard Art Institute and Otis Art Institute.
Phillips, Joann
Woelffer, Emerson
Persons Present:
Tape I and II: Weoelffer and Phillips; Tape III: Woelffer, Phillips, Rita Woelffer, Emerson Woelffeer's mother, Dina Woelffer, Emerson Woelffer's wife, Nancy Olexo, and Francine Breslin.
Place Conducted:
Woelffer's home and studio in Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Research relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Joann Phillips, Editor-Interviewer, UCLA Oral History Program (for "Los Angeles Art Community: Group Portrait"); B.A., UC Santa Barbara.Phillips researched Emerson Woelffer's work from 1946 to 1962, Pasadena Art Museum, introductory essay by Gerald Nordland, and Emerson Woelffer, Newport Harbor Art Museum, introductory essay by Paul Wescher.
Processing of Interview:
Editing was done by the interviewer, who checked the verbatim transcript against the original tape recordings and edited for punctuation, spelling, paragraphing, and verification of proper and place names.The manuscript was reviewed and approved by Mr. Woelffer. He made no deletions or additions, but he supplied names not previously verified.Lawrence Weschler, Assistant Editor, Oral History Program prepared the index.The introduction was written by the interviewer. Other front matter was prepared by Program staff.
6 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.