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Emerson Woelffer Paintings to Benefit Otis College Scholarship Fund

Otis College is Pleased to Announce a Partnership with Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Otis College of Art and Design is honored to be partnering with the Estate of Emerson Woelffer and Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) in an on-going partnership for the estate and legacy of artist Emerson Woelffer. This partnership will include the management and sale of the artist’s estate in future LAMA auctions and private treaties to benefit the Scholarship Fund of Otis College of Art and Design. A number of Woelffer's paintings, including Born To The Day, 1950, Untitled, 1993, and Untitled, 1973 will go to auction on May 21, 2017. 


Emerson Woelffer, Born To The Day, 1950

Emerson Woelffer, Born To The Day, 1950
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction


Emerson Woelffer (1914-2003) taught at Otis College of Art and Design for nearly twenty years and remained active with the , until his death in 2003. The sale of works by the artist will directly benefit the cause Woelffer dedicated his life to: arts education. Emerson Woelffer influenced generations of artists, who still remember his generosity and encouragement. "Emerson Woelffer was one of the greats of Abstract Expressionism," said prominent muralist Kent Twitchell (’77 MFA Fine Arts) "It was a privilege being around him during my years at Otis. I could never measure the influence Emerson had on all of us as a teacher, role model, and friend."


Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1973

Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1973
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction


Woelffer’s work and practice are uniquely ‘L.A.’ Los Angeles was Woelffer’s home for nearly forty years, and it was here that he pursued his own artistic expression and pushed his students to go beyond what was happening in New York at the time. It is in the special laboratory that is Los Angeles that Woelffer thrived, and it is particularly appropriate that his work stay in the city and be represented by Los Angeles Modern Auctions.


Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1993

Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1993
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction


Otis College of Art and Design's Scholarship Fund provides vital scholarship funding to many promising young artists and designers who would be unable to complete their education without this support. Artists, designers, writers and creative thinkers play an increasingly critical role in this age of ideas. Investing in the creatives of tomorrow will enable them to strengthen economies, shape the cultural landscape, and bring surprising solutions to complex problems.


Photo: Emerson Woelffer attends an Otis College of Art and Design Commencement Ceremony. Woelffer received an honorary degree from Otis College in 1991. Credit: Jerry de Wilde

Adapted from the announcement by Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA).