Elliot Offner (1931-2010)



Celebrating Elliot Offner: Air, Land, Sea

Essays by Craig Felton, Gwen Pier and Robin Salmon

Remembering Elliot Melville Offner (1931-2010)

Essays by Marcia L. Vose, Robin R. Salmon and Daniel Offner

Elliot Offner (1931-2010)

Elliot Offner received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Yale University in the 1950s, and in 1960, he joined the faculty at Smith College, where he was later appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities in 1974. He was a Visiting Artist at Brandeis, Yale, the Royal College of Art in London, and various colleges at Cambridge University. He was a Life Fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge, and served as president of the National Sculpture Society for three years. In 2007, the Society presented him with the Medal of Honor, its highest award and the first since 1997, for the notable achievement in and encouragement to American sculpture.  

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Sculpture by Mr. Offner is in the collections of many museums, including the Brooklyn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Huntington Sculpture Garden. Mr. Offner received many honors during his long and distinguished career, including awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Council on the Arts and Humanities, and gold medals from the National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Design.  Mr. Offner was named Master Wildlife Artist for 2003 by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, and in 2007, the Elliot and Rosemary Offner Sculpture Research and Learning Center opened at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

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