Frank Ackerman Biography

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Frank Ackerman (1933-1986) Born: Glendale, CA; Studied: University of California (Los Angeles); Member: California Water Color Society. Clinton Adams received a Masters degree in 1942 and by 1946, was teaching art at the University of California (Los Angeles). He exhibited watercolors in the annual exhibitions of the California Water Color Society and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Although his watercolors produced in the 1940s and 1950s are expert works that received awards and notoriety, Adams is best known for his work in the field of biography. In the early 1960s, he was the Associate Director of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. After 1970, he became the Director of the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. New Mexico. This institution was set up to train master printers and give artists the opportunity to explore this medium. Adams remains a key figure in this project. He is an acknowledged authority on the subject of lithography and authored the outstanding publication American Lithographers, 1900-1960 – The Artists and Their Printers.

Biographical information:

Who’s Who in American Art

American Lithographers, 1900-1960

Tobey C. Moss Gallery, 1994.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,

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