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Parsons School of Design oral history program ➔ Audio interview with Alison Hannan

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Wendy Scheir (interviewer)
Alison Smith Hannan (interviewee)


October 2 – 3 2011


Interviewed by archivist Wendy Scheir at Alison Hannan’s home in Guilford, Vermont. Hannan describes her childhood in New York City’s East Village, where she attended the City and Country School, as well as her education at Parsons School of Design in the early 1950s. Hannan details both the studio techniques in which she was trained, as well as the liberal arts (specifically, art history) curriculum intended to complement this practice. Hannan also discusses her time at Parsons’ Paris Ateliers location and furloughs to Italy and Scotland, as well as her studies under Van Day Truex. She also illustrates the school’s long standing support for the LGBT community.





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