Emerson Woelffer

Emerson Woelffer
(1914 –2003)


Emerson Woelffer (July 27, 1914 – February 2, 2003) was a prominent abstract expressionism artist and painter born in Chicago. He studied Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1938 he joined the WPA Arts Program. At the request of Buckminster Fuller, Woelffer began a teaching career at Black Mountain College, and later taught at the California Institute of the Arts.   Retrospectives of his work were held at the Santa Barbara Museum in 1964, the Phillips Collection in 1974, and the Otis Gallery in 1992. During his lifetime, exhibition venues included the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Biennial, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1949 Black Mountain College

1950 Krannert Art Museum

1961 La Jolla Art Center

1964 Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1974 The Phillips Collection

1974 The Newport Harbor Art Museum

1978 Abe Adler Gallery

1983 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

1990 Manny Silverman Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

1943 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1948 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1949 The Whitney Museum of American Art

1951 Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1952 Carnegie Institute

1962 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1964 Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Selected Collections
Neuberger Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Montana Historical Society

Museum of Art at Brigham Young University

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Yellowstone Art Museum