Paul W. Zimmerman graduated Kokomo High School in 1941 with a full scholarship to Herron School of Art at Indiana University. Earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1946, he received the Mary Milliken Memorial Fund Scholarship providing funds to relocate to New York City.
Hartford Art School
Zimmerman moved to Hartford in 1947 at the invitation of Henrik M. Mayer, Director of the Hartford Art School. What was originally a two-year agreement between Zimmerman and the school became a 40-year teaching career.
Zimmerman was a prolific oil and watercolor landscape artist. His art was 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).
At his death, Zimmerman left his personal oceanic art collection to the Slater Museum of Art in Norwich.
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Hartford Courant. “Paul W. Zimmerman, Obituary.” December 29, 2007.
Photo Credit: Paul W. Zimmerman, Public Domain