CURRICULUM VITAE

 

ELLIOT MELVILLE OFFNER
Born: Brooklyn, New York, 1931

Education
Cooper Union
Yale University, B.F.A. 1953
Yale University, M.F.A. 1959

Teacher
1974-2004 Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities,
           Smith College, Present Northampton, MA
1960 Professor of Art, Smith College, Northampton, MA
1959 Professor of Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Artist-in-Residence
Girton College, Cambridge University, UK
Wolfson College, Cambridge University, UK
Boston University, Boston, MA
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Kenan Master Sculptor, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
Royal College of Art, London, U.K.
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Honors & Awards
2007 Medal of Honor, National Sculpture Society,
          (first such award since 1997)
2007 Dedication of Elliot and Rosemary Offner Sculpture
           Learning & Research Center, Brookgreen Gardens,
           Pawleys Island, SC
2006 Forbes Library, Trustees Award, Northampton, MA
2006 Bronze Medal, National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition
2005 Gold Medal, National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition
2005 Named one of four Kenan Master Sculptors for 2005
           (with Bruno Lucchesi, Sergey Eylanbekov, and Sandy Scott)
           and given a group exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
2004 Honorary Doctorate, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
2003 Named 2003 Master Wildlife Artist and given International Master
           Wildlife Sculptor Medal and Exhibition, Leigh Yawkey Woodson
           Art Museum, Wausau, WI
2002 Named designer of the 2003 Brookgreen Medal, Brookgreen Gardens,
           Murrells Inlet, SC
2002 Woodson Art Museum Purchase Prize
2001 Elected Life Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, England
2000 Harry Watrous Prize and Gold Medal, National Academy
           of Design, New York
2000 Ruth Nickerson Outstanding Sculpture Prize,
           National Sculpture Society Annual, New York
2000-2009 Trustee, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
2000-2002 and 2006-2007 President, National Sculpture Society,
           New York
1999 Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge University, England
1997-1999 Vice President, National Sculpture Society, New York
1997 Tallix Casting Prize
1996 Ellin T. Speyer Prize, National Academy of Design, New York
1992 Gold Medal, National Sculpture Society, New York
1990 Artist In Residence, Girton College, Cambridge University, UK
1989 Artist In Residence, Wolfson College, Cambridge University, UK
1983, 1991, 1997 Harnish Fellowship
1971 Ingram Merill Foundation
1969 American Philosophical Society
1970 Ford Foundation
1966-67 National Council on the Arts and Humanities
1965 National Institute of Arts and Letters
1964 & 1965 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

Collections (in alphabetical order)
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH
American Numismatic Society, New York, NY
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
Bodelian Library, Oxford University, England
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
British Museum, London, England
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, NY
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA

Exhibitions
2007 “Celebrating Elliot Offner: Air Land and Sea”,
           Vose Galleries of Boston, Boston, MA
2004 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
2003 Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
2002 Forbes Library, Northampton, MA
2001 Kantar Fine Arts, Newton MA
1999 Forum Gallery, New York
1999 WM Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
1997 National Wildlife Federation Gallery of Art, Vienna, VA
1993 Forum Gallery, New York
1987 Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC
1984 Darien Public Library, Darien, CT
           Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
1984 Forum Gallery, New York
1984 Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
1980 Jorgenson Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1979 Forum Gallery, New York
1978 Boston Atheneum, Boston, MA
1977 Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
1976 Temple Beth El, West Hartford, CT
           Slater Museum, Norwich, CT
1975 Nasrudin Gallery, Boston, MA
1974 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1972 Forum Gallery, New York
1969 Forum Gallery, New York
1969 Greenwich Library Art Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1968 IFA Galleries, Washington, DC
           Wells College, Aurora, NY
1967 Forum Gallery, New York
1965 Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
1964 Forum Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 “Summer Selections,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2006 “Annual Professional Sculptors’ & Photographers’
           Exhibition,” The Century Association, New York, NY
2005 “Four Masters: Selected Works from 2005
           Kenan Master Sculptors,” Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
2005 “Salon d’Arts: Invitational Fine Art Exhibition & Sale,”
           Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
2004 “Realism Now: Traditions & Departures,
           Mentors & Proteges,” Vose Gallery, Boston, MA
1999 “Idea/Form: Looking At The Creative Process,”
           Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
1988-98 Annual Sculpture Exhibition,”
           National Sculpture Society, New York
1994 National Academy of Design,
           169th Annual Exhibition, New York

Public Works and Commissions
2003-05 Project Director, Ten 8-foot high
           sculptures of outstanding & historic American women,
           all by leading American sculptors. Campus of Converse College,
           Spartanburg, South Carolina (first sculpture, Maria Mitchell,
           by Elliot Offner)
2003 Striped Bass and Alligator, 2003 Brookgreen Medal,
           Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
2002-04 Strand Fire Memorial, Brockton, MA
2001 Heron, Grouse and Loon, Huntington Sculpture Gardens,
           Brookgreen Gardens, SC
1996 Memorial Horse, (memorial for Christy Johnson) Smith College,
           Northampton, MA
1992 Loon, Great Blue Heron and Grouse, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
1991 Bates College Memorial Dog (memorial for Danny Goldstein),
           Bates College Lewiston, ME
1990 Child With Dog, Children’s Inn, National Institute
           of Health, Besthesda, MD
1989 Monument to the Letter Carriers of America, National Association
           of Letter Carriers, Milwaukee, WI
1988 Memorial Cross, Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
1987 Great Blue Heron, Smith College, Northampton, MA
1987 Great Blue Heron, Darien Public Library, Darien, CT
1984 Cockrell, Springfield, MA
1981 Karl Lehmann Memorial Plaque, Archaeological Museum,
           Samothrace, Greece
1980 Pheasant, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA
1978 Holocaust Memorial Figure, Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
           New York
1978-86 15 High Relief Sculptures, Veda Corporation, Arlington, VA
1977 St. Francis of Assisi, St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook, PA
1962 Ten Commandments, Congregation B’nai Israel, Northampton, MA