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 Carl John Zimmerman  (1900 - 1985)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/Indiana      Known for: genre, figure, portrait, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is a brief biography from the Cincinnati Art Club's newsletter called the "Dragonfly."

FOCUS ON THE ARTIST - CARL ZIMMERMAN By Gene Hinckley, October, 1971

Carl Zimmerman is a well known Cincinnati artist known for his mural painting, and oil painting as well as for his art teaching ability.  Carl was born in Indianapolis in 1900.  While in grade school his potential artistic talents were noted by one of his teachers, a Miss Case, who encouraged him to study art.  He not only studied art while attending the Manual Training High School in Indianapolis, he also attended special art classes at the John Herron Art Institute and studied under Otto Stark.

In 1919, Carl went to Chicago to study teaching at the American Academy of Art. One of the means he found to help meet expenses during that period was to work as a monitor for the Sunday painting classes at the Academy.

Carl's first employment when he returned to Indianapolis in 1921 was to work in a furniture factory.  Meanwhile, being anxious to break into the art field, he convinced the manager of an advertising agency in Indianapolis to let him work for no salary until he gained experience.  Carl soon started receiving a salary, and by 1924 was doing well enough to get married to Caroline Richeson a former art student whom he had met at the John Herron Art Institute.

By 1925, Carl wanted to expand his art education.  After examining the art schools available in the midwest, he chose the Cincinnati Art Academy to enroll in not only because of the quality of the school but also because of his favorable impression of Cincinnati as a place to live.  His first instructor at the Art Academy was Reginald Grooms.  He also studied under John E. Weis as well as Herman Wessel.  While at the Art Academy he continued to do illustration work for the advertising agency in Indianapolis, by making weekend trips back to that city.

In 1927, Carl received his first commission to paint a mural, through the
recommendation of John Weis.  Later that year, Carl felt he had enough funds saved from his mural painting, his illustration work, and also from working in the Publicity Dept. of the Gas & Electric Co. to make a trip abroad.  Altogether he and Caroline spent a year and a half travelling throughout Europe.

After returning from Europe, Carl started teaching at the Cincinnati Art Academy. He taught at the Academy until 1935.  He painted portraits during this period as well as murals.  Carl painted murals which now hang in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Wilmington Del., as well as Cincinnati.

Carl has continued to devote his time to teaching art.  He has taught at the Taft Museum, and the Cincinnati Art Museum over the years and is still giving private lessons regulary in his studio.

Carl Zimmerman is a long time member and past president of the Cincinnati Art Club.

(Edan Hughes, the specialist on Californian Artists and the author of nearly 20,000 biographies that can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940, talked to Carol John Zimmerman’s widow, and she confirmed that the artist never visited California.  He is NOT to be confused with the California painter, Carl A. Zimmerman.)

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