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 Amy M. Sacker  (1872 - 1965)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: illustrations, book plates

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Amy M. Sacker was a designer, illustrator, teacher, lecturer, and leather worker. She studied decoration at the MFA School, from 1889 to 1894 under Joseph DeCamp, Joseph Lindon Smith, and C. Howard Walker. She received a scholarship in 1892 and won a prize for the highest average in 1893. Sacker began teaching decorative design at the Cowles Art School in Boston after her graduation. Sacker founded her own school in 1901, later called the Sacker School of Design and Interior Decoration. As a gifted and inspirational instructor she taught there for more than forty years. She also lectured at schools and clubs throughout New England and worked at Simmons College in 1914.

Sacker is perhaps best known as a children's book illustrator and a designer of book covers and plates. Her book cover designs range from decorative patterns to poster-style figurative compositions. She won a bronze medal for book covers at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo and a medal for her book plates at the Boston Tercentenary Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1930. Sacker was elected a master craftsman (as a designer, illustrator, and leather worker) in the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston in 1899 and remained a member until 1927, exhibiting in 1897, 1899, 1907, 1911, and 1927.

In 1911 Sacker traveled to Europe for a year, visiting Greece and Spain and studying in Rome. In 1919, she went to Hollywood briefly, where she was an art director for motion pictures. In the 1940s and 1950s, she donated textiles, jewelry, and books to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; after her death, the Amy M. Sacker Memorial Lectureship was inaugurated at Mount Holyoke College.

Hirshler, E. "A Studio of Her Own, Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940"

There seems to be some confusion about her birth date, as many sources cite 1876. This, as is pointed out by Mark Schumacher, expert on Sacker bookplates, would mean she entered the Museum of Fine Art School at age 13.  Researcher Steve Beare of Delaware has discovered census' which place her date of birth at 1872. (Brookline, Norfolk County, MA, labeled 158 A).

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