Paul W. Zimmerman (1921 – 2007)

Paul Zimmerman

Paul W. Zimmerman was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1921. He attended Kokomo High School in Kokomo, Indiana and graduated in 1941 with a full scholarship to Herron School of Art at Indiana University.  He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1946 and received the Mary Milliken Memorial Fund Scholarship providing funds for him to relocate to New York City.

Zimmerman built a career as a prolific oil and watercolor landscape artist. He relocated to Hartford, Connecticut in 1947 at the invitation of Henrik M. Mayer, who was the Director of the Hartford Art School at the time, to join the faculty. What was originally a two-year agreement between Zimmerman and the Hartford Art School became a 40-year career.

In his painting career, Zimmerman was internationally renowned.  His artworks were displayed at museums across the country, including The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Slater Museum of Art in Norwich, Connecticut.

Zimmerman received many awards for his work, including The Hallgarten Prize (1954); The Wallace Truman Prize (1956);  The Howard Penrose Award, Connecticut Academy (1959); The Gertrude Melcher Springer Prize at the Indiana Exhibition (1959); The Patrick B. McGinnis Award, Berkshire Arts Festival (1961); First Prize, Connecticut Watercolor Society, and the J.I. Holcomb Prize from the Herron Art Museum (1955).

Paul Zimmerman died in 2007 at the age on 86. He left his personal oceanic art collection to the Slater Museum of Art in Norwich where it is on permanent display.

Brick Walk Fine Art. Paul Zimmerman (1921-2007) – The Structure of Landscape: Drawings. Accessed at on August 31, 2010.
Hartford Courant. “Paul W. Zimmerman, Obituary.” December 29, 2007.