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Nicholson Art League

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Identifier: MS-1586

This oral history is about the Nicholson Art League from Evelyn Louise Van Gilder Creekmore. She was interviewed by her daughter, Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson, on November 27, 1987. The interview shares some of the early history of the Nicholson Art League.

Dates

  • 1987 November 27

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This oral history is about the Nicholson Art League from Evelyn Louise Van Gilder Creekmore. She was interviewed by her daughter, Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson, on November 27, 1987. The interview shares some of the early history of the Nicholson Art League.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Nicholson Art League was founded in 1906 as a successor to the Knoxville Art Club. Comprised of artists, painters, architects, and photographers as well as art enthusiasts, the organization held programs, shows, and lectures devoted to the study of art, both historical and contemporary. Members also helped organize art displays and exhibitions in the region. While the city had been home to literary societies during the 1800s, The Nicholson Art League was Knoxville's first visual arts organization. It was very influential on the art community of Knoxville as well as East Tennessee, helping to develop a greater appreciation for art and culture. Some of its notable members include Catherine Wiley (1879-1958), Lloyd Branson (1853-1925), and Charles Krutch (1849-1934). After many of its members passed away or moved, the Nicholson Art League ceased around 1930.

Evelyn Louise Van Gilder was born in 1905 to Ellen Bolli (1880-1958) and Walter Van Gilder (1870-1943), the owner of a glass company in Knoxville, TN. A homemaker and poet, she married Robert Elmond Creekmore (1892-1976), who practiced law in Knoxville, and together they had four children. She died in 1990.

Eleanor Creekmore was born on February 7, 1931 in Knoxville, TN to Evelyn Van Gilder (1905-1990) and Robert Elmond Creekmore (1892-1976). She earned her BA from the University of Tennessee in 1952, an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1982, and an MFA from Golden Gate University in 1984. She also completed postgraduate work at the San Francisco Art Institute (1960-1963) and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere (1971). Dickinson has spent most of her career at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, where she has worked as an art professor. She has also served as the artist-in-residence at the University of Tennessee (1969), Arkansas State University (1993), the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (2000), and the University of Alaska (1991). Eleanor Creekmore married Ben Wade Oakes Dickinson on June 12, 1952, and the couple had three children: Mark Wade, Katherine Van Gilder, and Peter Somers.

Acquisition Note

This material was given to Special Collections by Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480