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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman

Evelyn (1924-2012) and Jerome (1920- ) Ackerman are Los Angeles-based artists and designers whose 50-year collaborative partnership has resulted in a body of work that is representative of the California Modernism movement.

The couple received separate studio training. Evelyn studied painting and drawing at the University of Michigan, and, after transferring to Wayne University, she received her BFA and MFA there. She brought to this design marriage an eye for composition and color, as well as considerable artistic ability, as evidenced by her textiles, wood carvings, enamels and mosaics.

 Jerome enrolled in Wayne University in 1939 but did not complete his degree in art until he returned from service in the U. S. Air Force during World War II. He earned his MFA at Alfred University in 1952. He brought his talent as a ceramist to the partnership, as well as a keen business sense that promoted their studio output and limited production lines.

Perhaps unique to the Ackermans is their ability to move fluidly between abstract modernism and figurative stylization in their designs. This characteristic permeates all their work, but it is particularly apparent in their varied and prolific textile and ceramic production.

From and

Ceramic vessels by Jerome Ackerman, 1953-54
These pieces were used as props in a brochure
 for Paul McCobb's Directional furniture group.

Woman vase by Jerome Ackerman, 1953

Striped Candy Tree by Evelyn Ackerman, 1968

Cats mosaic table by Evelyn Ackerman, 1954

St. George and the Dragon, bas-relief wall panel by Evelyn Ackerman, 1959

Young Warrior mosaic by Evelyn Ackerman, 1954

Herringbone stoneware bowl by Jerome Ackerman, 2003

Female Figures vase by Jerome Ackerman, 1953

Update: Post was edited to reflect the death of Evelyn Ackerman on November 28, 2012.

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