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The SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project was conducted from 1975 to 1994 and was primarily directed by Sister Martin Joseph Jones, the first College Archivist. The interviews are primarily concerned with personal reflections over the course of the interviewee’s career and personal biographical details. Transcripts of some of the interviews are available; please visit our webpage for additional information, finding-aids, and inventories.
Stanley Czurles was born September 14, 1908. He received his B.F.A in 1929 and his M.F.A in 1938 from Syracuse University. Mr. Czurles was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1942. Before coming to Buffalo, he was Art Instructor at the School Art League of Syracuse, NY and the Syracuse Boys’ Club, a docent at Museum of Fine Arts in Syracuse, a Crafts Instructor at Syracuse University, and an Arts Commentator for the Syracuse Journal American Newspaper.
Mr. Czurles came to the State Teachers College at Buffalo as an Art Instructor in 1931. In 1941, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Art. In 1943, Dr. Czurles became Director of Visual Education (a post he held until 1946), he was also Director of the Art Education Division (1946-1969). He started the audio-visual education and the art education departments at the college. Dr. Stanley Czurles was the author of many articles, editorials, and informational material pertaining to art education. From 1966 to 1967 he was director of the Semester-in-Siena Italy program. Dr. Czurles helped found the N.Y. State Art Teachers Association. The Czurles-Nelson Gallery at the State University College at Buffalo was dedicated in 2009 in honor of him.
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