Oral history interview with Vaino Kola, 1991 Sept. 12
2 wav files (1 hr., 35 min.): digital
Transcript: 31 pages
An interview with Vaino Kola conducted 1991 Sept. 12, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Kola's home, Norton, Mass.
Kola discusses his childhood in Finland during the war with the Soviet Union, in which his father was an important commander, and during World War II; and the necessity to leave following the war because of the pressure from the Soviet Union. He recalls growing up in Worcester, Mass; learning English; his attendance at the High School of Commerce; excelling in swimming; attending the Massachusettes College of Art (BFA, 1959) and the influence upon him of teachers Beverly Hallam, David Berger, Calvin Burnett, and Lawrence Kupferman; and his years at the Yale School of Art and Architecture (MFA, 1962) and recollections of Josef Albers and his teaching methods.
Place of publication, production, or execution: Massachusetts
General Note: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 35 min.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Vaino Kola, 1991 Sept. 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding: Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note: Vaino Kola (1937- ) is a painter, printmaker, and instructor in Deer Isle, ME.
Provenance: This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Kola, Vaino, 1937-
interviewer: Brown, Robert F.
Subject: Massachusetts College of Art
Subject: Yale University.School of Art and Architecture
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)12545
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216511
Record number: AAA_collcode_kola91