Jerome “Jerry” Ackerman of Culver City, CA, received a 2010 Alfred University Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement during its 124th Annual Alumni Association Awards Picnic.
Ackerman of Culver City, CA, received a 2010 Alfred University Alumni Award for
Distinguished Achievement during the 124th Annual Alumni Association Awards
Picnic earlier this month. The award honors alumni whose achievements in their
profession, career, or a vocational pursuits, or service to society, bring
honor and distinction to Alfred University.
Ackerman, a member of the AU class of 1952, has had his work featured in
major exhibitions nationwide and was included in every California Design show
from 1954-76. His work is in numerous private and museum collections including
the Smithsonian Institution, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the
Oakland Museum, the Renwick Gallery, and the Schein-Joseph International Museum
of Ceramic Art at Alfred.
In their early years, Ackerman and his wife, Evelyn, opened Jenev Design
Studio, building a successful career based on ingenuity, talent, and hard work.
“As sales increased, the Jenev ceramics line was marketed nationally by
independent sales representatives,” the university noted.
Ackerman’s shared success with his wife helped to expand their business to
ERA Industries, also expanding their offerings. The couple began to produce
home accessories, furniture, and architectural elements in various forms of
media including ceramics, mosaics, textiles, wood, and metalwork. A 50-year
history of the couple’s success can be viewedhere.
California mosaic, mixed media artist honored by alma mater
June 17, 2010