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 Ernst Ulmer  (1922 - 2009)

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Lived/Active: Kansas      Known for: commercial illustration, easel and mural painting, sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Ernst Ulmer
1922 (Kansas City)
2009 (Bonner Springs, Kansas)


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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ernst Ulmer, MFA  earned his M.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute, worked as a commercial illustrator until the late 70's, and finally surrendered to full-time painting.  Highly versatile, Ulmer is comfortable in the use of oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and graphite pencil.

He has received many awards for his work, including the first place award, American in Paris, for pastel, presented to him by the Salon International du Pastel, Compeigne, France.

He is a founder and president of the Heartland Pastel Society and a signature member of the Degas Pastel Society of New Orleans, Louisana and the Kansas Watercolor Society.  Ulmer most recently was awarded the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award.

Topeka, KS, June 28, 2006  PaintAmerica

Submitted August 2007 by Scott Wilder, Art Researcher from Olathe, Kansas

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Ernst Ulmer passed away on June 29, 2009 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ernst Ulmer was born in Kansas City in 1922.  Ulmer served in World War II before attending the Kansas City Art Institute and graduating with a MFA in 1950.  Worked as a technical illustrator for the aircraft industry and architectural firms before devoting full-time to the fine arts beginning in the late 1970s.  Ulmer’s work has appeared in many national publications including Sports Illustrated, U.S. News and World Report, and Time magazine.  Living near Bonner Springs in 2006.

Member: Heartland Pastel Society; Kansas Sculptor Society; Kansas Pastel Society, Degas Pastel Society; Kansas Watercolor Society.

Awards: first place, Salon International du Pastel; Kansas Governor’s Artist Award, 2006.

Collections: Kansas Power and Light; mural, Leavenworth County Courthouse; mural, Colby Community Building; Missouri Valley Special Collections, KCPL.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
AskART,, accessed Nov. 6, 2007;, accessed Nov. 6, 2007; Topeka Public Library. Kansas Artists List. (Mar. 11, 1988).;
Kansas City Star (Mar. 4, 1956); Kansas Heritage (Winter 2003).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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