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lliot Melville Offner was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931, the second of three brothers. His parents Samuel and Helen (Wolowitz) had emigrated from Eastern Europe.

During his youth in Brooklyn, he was able to feed his greatest interests - nature, art and books - at the local Botanic Gardens, Museum of Art, and Library. Though he was always athletic and enjoyed basketball and tennis, his artistic abilities quickly emerged. He won a full scholarship in 1949 to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1949, with a focus on art history – though sculpture, printmaking, book and furniture design were also, as he said, “quiet passions”. After three years he transferred to Yale, where he studied under Joseph Albers, and earned his BFA in 1953. Albers, the internationally acclaimed painter and color theorist, had taught at the Bauhaus School until it was closed by the Nazis in 1932. Having family members who had escaped Europe, and some who did not, Offner connected deeply with the subject of the Holocaust, which inspired his first sculptural works.





Chuck, Elliot and Arnold Offner



Elliot Offner’s maternal grandmother Pauline Wolowitz
and mother Helen Offner



Maternal grandparents Pauline and Stephen Wolowitz



Brother Arnold Offner (left), maternal grandmother
Pauline Wolowitz (second from left) Elliot Offner (far right)



Elliot’s mother Helen Offner



Arnold Offner, (1939)



Maternal Grandmother Pauline Wolowitz



Maternal Grandmother Pauline Wolowitz with
brother Arnold (left) and Elliot



Helen Offner with Arnold



Cousins Fanny and Jacob Steinberg



Arnold Offner with his mother Helen (left)
and grandmother Pauline Wolowitz (right)



Elliot at Mountaindale NY, 1939



Arnold, Chuck and Elliot, Mountaindale, NY 1939



Arnold on Elliot’s shoulders, V-J Day, 1945



Elliot Melville Offner, about 1955



Rosemary O'Connell



Rosemary O'Connell at her wedding to Elliot



Samuel Offner with Marilyn, Arnold and Ellen Offner’s wedding



Elliot’s daughter Helen, late 1950’s



Rosemary O’Connell Offner with daughter Helen, late 1950’s



Elliot’s daughter Helen, late 1950’s



Chuck, Arnold and Elliot Offner



Samuel Offner and Arnold Offner



Pauline Wolowitz with Elliot and Rosemary’s children
Helen and Dan Offner



Dan and Helen Offner, about 1966



Elliot with Dan and Helen, about 1966



maternal grandmother Pauline Wolowitz



Elliot and his father at 74 Washington Street



Samuel Offner



Samuel Offner



Elliot and Arnold, Fenway Park, 2007



Three generations of Offners at Vose Gallery, Boston:

Counter-clockwise from back right: Elliot, Helen Offner-Ong,
Leila Clifford-Ong (Elliot's first grandchild), John Ong, Rosemary Offner, J. Finley Ong.
at Vose Gallery, Boston



Elliot and Leila



Helen Offner Ong with J. Finley Ong with Great Blue Heron, Darien Library



Elliot with son Dan Offner and granddaughter Aiko



Mayumi, Dan, Aiko, Elliot Offner approximately 2008



Aiko and Elliot Offner singing



Elliot, Aiko, Rosemary Offner, 2008



Rosemary, Mayumi, Aiko, Dan, Elliot Offner



Elliot (wearing lobster bib), Mayumi, Aiko, Rosemary Offner 2008



Emily Hollidge and son Liam



Brendan, Kevin and Liam Hollidge on Grandpa's sculpture in Minneapolis



Elliot and his 4 grandsons



The 6 Hollidge Children on Nantucket



The Offner family