Frank Ackerman

Biographical Information

Frank Edward Ackerman (1933 - ?) born in Los Angeles, studied with Rex Brandt at the Chouinard Art Institute. In 1963, Ackerman joined the County's Graphic Arts Department after working as a county architectural draftsman and illustrator for seven years. He headed the Department between 1973 and 1980, when he became the Chief of Museum Exhibit Services at the Museum of Natural History until his retirement in 1984. While employed by the County, he directed five full length movies and organized several exhibitions. At age 19, Ackerman was the youngest person ever invited into the National Watercolor Society and in 1970, was elected its President. His work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums including the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the National Academy of Design in New York City. In 1967, he was commissioned by the United States Navy to paint the Antarctica for the Naval History Art Collection. Ackerman executed murals of Generals Omar Bradley and James Doolittle and a Bicentennial mural in Patriotic Hall on South Figueroa. The "Vietnam Memorial" is his only sculptural piece.

The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, April 1998.

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