Richard Jeske Collection

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Extent of Collection
43 reels of 16mm film totaling approximately 4,150 feet.
Custodial History
The collection was given to Tom Palazzolo when Richard Jeske moved to Florida after retiring in 1996. Palazzolo then facilitated the donation to CFA in 2014.
Access Restrictions
Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives for on-site access. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Jeske, Richard (was created by)
Richard Jeske was born October 31, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a teenager, he took courses at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Soon after, Richard attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he studied drawing, painting and illustration. While a student at SAIC, he won a fellowship and traveled to Mexico, which sparked a lifelong interest in native cultures & art. SAIC is also where Richard met his wife, Millicent Rose (1922-2007), a fellow artist and graduate of Indiana University. The two married in 1963.

After his travels, Richard received a Masters degree from UIC in drawing, painting and illustration, and soon after received a teaching position at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Shortly after, he began teaching art, art history, and filmmaking at the City Colleges of Chicago, where he helped shape and create various art programs, including the degree for commercial/communications art.

Richard became interested in filmmaking in the late 1950s through a passion for foreign films, especially those of Federico Fellini. He made films, primarily animated, with his Bolex camera in the early 1960s while teaching at the City Colleges of Chicago.

He taught at the City Colleges for 28 years and retired in 1996. After his retirement, Richard and his wife Millicent moved to Fort Meyers, Florida.