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Oral History Project

In 1999, ArtTable members in Northern California initiated a project to document on video the significant impact and on-going contributions of professional women in the visual arts.

Recognizing that the stories of these women throughout the country were not being documented, the Oral History Project created interviews to provide researchers, writers, documentary directors, students, teachers, ArtTable members, and others with authentic, useful, and reliable historic material.

On November 7, 2013, ArtTable submitted these thirty interview videos and transcripts into the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution during a celebratory weekend attended by over seventy ArtTable members and guests from around the country. In attendance were eight interviewees, including Ruth Braunstein, Barbara Fendrick, Helen Frederick, Lila Harnett (ArtTable's founder), Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan, Ruth Perlin, and Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz.

To see an online verison of the printed program for this event, which includes biographies of each of the interviewees, click here

Interview with ArtTable Founder Lila Harnett, 2007
All interviews have been conducted and produced under guidelines created with initial guidance from the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. Each woman's oral history is conducted using an established and consistent process that produces digital video files with audio transcripts. To date, ArtTable has produced 30 oral histories that capture the achievements and efforts of extraordinary female leaders in the visual arts from throughout the country.
A compilation of interview clips
This project, which began as the ArtTable Oral History series is continuing today with ArtTable's documentation of women artists in dialogue with leading curators, academics, and critics through our Artists' Breakfast series, the special interviews we are conducting in print and video with honorees at our annual benefit, and the podcasts we are creating by recording ArtTable's panels and programs. All this important work is inspired by the women whose interviews we are turning over to the Archives of American Art.

Interviews Completed from 1999 – 2010 

Paule Anglim
Ruth Braunstein
Kathan Brown
Dorothy Burkhart
Whitney Chadwick
Kathleen Cohen
Wanda Corn
Alice Denney
Kathy Ewing
Barbara Fendrick

Dextra Frankel
Helen Frederick
Diana Fuller
Caroline Goldsmith* 
Ruth Halperin
Patricia Hamilton*
Lila Harnett*
Olga Hirshhorn
Wilhelmina Cole Holladay
Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan

Sally Lillenthal
Lucy Lippard
Jane Livingston
Cecile McCann
Amalia Mesa-Bains
Ruth Perlin
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz*
Lowery Stokes Sims*
Janet Solinger
Dorothy Weiss

(*ArtTable founding members)

We are proud to continue responding to our members' needs to ensure that their work and accomplishments are shared today and preserved for the future. Please consider making a donation today so that we can continue to document the accomplishments of women in the visual arts. Remember, no amount is too small, and every gift is needed and appreciated. Every dollar makes a difference to our ArtTable community and the women it supports!