Jacob (Jack) N. Kramer (American, 1923-1983)
“As a well-known artist and author, and a beloved teacher, Jack Kramer will be remembered fondly by the Boston University Community and his many friends.
Professor Kramer was an active painter and accomplished draftsman and his work has been exhibited in many group shows locally and nationally. He held one-man shows at the Shore Gallery, the Boris Mirski Gallery, and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Insitutute. In 1981, he was awarded the T.B. Clarke Prize for painting at the National Academy of Design in New York. The Copley Society exhibited a collection of his work in 1982 when he was chosen to be a Copley Master.
Since 1957 he has been a member of the faculty at Boston University School of the Arts, where he taught drawing and painting. His commitment and gifts as a teacher were reflected in the deep devotion his students demonstrated toward him. Professor Kramer made an outstanding contribution to the teaching of artistic anatomy. His book, Human Anatomy and Figure Drawing, is currently used as a text in many schools of art.
In 1978, Professor Kramer served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Artists for the Preservation of Fenway Studios. This organization assured the survival of the Fenway Studios of Ipswich Street, Boston, as a building that would continue to serve the needs of artists for residence and work space. In 1981 he was president of the organization.
Born in Lynn in 1923, Jack Kramer moved to Boston when he was 10. He attended the Vocational High School Art Classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from which he entered the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1941 to study under Karl Zerbe. His education was interrupted for three years during World War II when he served in the United States Army in Europe.
Jack Kramer returned to Boston, completing his studies at the Museum School in 1949. He was the recipient of the Albert H. Whiten Traveling Scholarship under which he studied in England and in Europe during the years 1950-1953. He attended the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere in Paris and the Instituto Statale Del’Arte in Florence, Italy. He resumed his studies in the United States at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1953-54, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
During the summers of 1955-58 Professor Kramer served as assistant to the renowned painter Oskar Kokoschka at the School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria.
Friends of Professor Kramer have established a Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory to provide support for art students in drawing at Boston University.”
B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design
Diploma with Highest Honors, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
University of Reading, England
Albert H. Whiten Traveling Scholarship, 1950
Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, Mass. (Nine one-man shows)
Boris Mirski Gallery, Boston, Mass.
Helen Bumpus Gallery, Duxbury, Mass.
University of Illinois
Institute of Contemporary Art
Brockton Art Center
Kunstsalon Wolfberg, Zurich
William Gurlitt Museum, Linz, Austria
Addison Gallery, Andover, Mass.
Kramer, Jack. Human Anatomy and Figure Drawing: The Integration of Structure and Form. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1972.
Jacob N. Kramer Memorial service program, Boston University, Marsh Chapel, December 19, 1983, 7 p.m.
Submitted by Kathy Wong, Skinner, Inc.