Oral History Interview with Ronald (Ron) Binks, May 3, 2007

Oral History Interview with Ronald (Ron) Binks, May 3, 2007

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Interview of Ronald Binks, conducted by Andrew Martinez in Providence, RI on May 3, 2007 for European Honors Program (EHP) documentation. Binks speaks of his time in Rome at the American Academy during the 1950s and 1960s and the beginning of the RISD European Honors Program. Binks also recalls his different experiences being the director of the EHP and their reliance on Signora Charis DeBosis at the Cenci along with other people and students he worked with in Rome. Along with this, Binks discusses the financial situation in Rome during the years he was there and how it has changed.

Recorded by Peter O'Neill and Andrew Martinez for European Honors Program documentation. Made possible in part through a gift from William Whelan and family in memory of John Whelan, RISD Class of 1937.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ronald Binks is a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at San Antonio specializing in photography and painting. He received a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1956 where he worked on the Two Photographers: Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind film with the RISD Photography department, published in 1972. Binks received an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University in 1960 along with studying Painting at the Hochschule für bildende Künst in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome. Binks is interviewed by Andrew Martinez, Archivist at the Rhode Island School of Design, in 2007 for a documentary on RISD’s European Honors Program. Produced by Peter O'Neill and Andrew Martinez.

Oral History Interview with Ronald (Ron) Binks, May 3, 2007

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Date of Interview

05/03/07

Interviewer

Andrew Martinez

Interviewee

Ronald (Ron) Binks

Department

European Honors Program

Run Time

76 min.

Original Format(s)

MiniDV cassette

Keywords

European Honors Program (EHP), Rome, Italy, Cenci, Signora DeBosis, lira, Greece, Film, James Warren (Jim) Fowle, American Academy in Rome, Film, Trastevere, La Dolce Vita, Ezio Genovesi

Disciplines

Art and Design