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Elyn Zimmerman

cfa Service: 2003–2008

The artist Elyn Zimmerman works in a variety of media: her photographs, sculptures, and paintings are in a number of private, public, and corporate collections, including the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and Chase Manhattan Bank.  Among her best-known, large-scale outdoor sculptures are pieces at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.  She also created a stone fountain for the World Trade Center in 1995 to commemorate the 1993 bombing of the buildings; the piece was destroyed in the attack of September 11, 2001.  Zimmerman has been active in leadership roles within the arts community, including serving as a commissioner of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, Inc., and the International Sculpture Center.  She has received many awards and honors, including National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, recognition from the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a residency at the American Academy in Rome.  Zimmerman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968 as well as a master’s degree in painting and photography in 1972.