Irene Vermeers papers

Edward "Tink" Adams working on a drawing with students gathered around him. A rendering of a proposed new Art Center campus designed by Kem Weber. Kem Weber is reviewing the architectural plans for the proposed new Art Center campus with a stud... Kem Weber showing the proposed new Art Center campus model to Lionel Banks (R). Architectural dra... Students working on the architectural model for a proposed new Art Center campus designed by Kem ... Kem Weber (L) showing the proposed new Art Center campus model to two men. Architectural drawings... Irene Gutterman and an unidentified student standing in front of a classroom labeled Studio 9. Joseph Henninger with a student. Portrait of Edward Kaminski. A student, Mrs. Pike, painting a portrait from a male model. Barse Miller discussing a painting with a student outdoors. Illustration students draw from a male model holding a glass watermelon in the courtyard. Illustration students draw from a male model holding a glass watermelon in the courtyard. Barse M... Students drawing from a nude female model. Two models are posing for students: a male standing looking like a waiter and a female sitting in... Students working with cameras. A student photographing a still life set-up. A student preparing to shoot a still life set-up while another man adjusts the placement of one o... A woman sitting in one of two chairs placed next to each other. Students drawing from a male and female model in formal attire. Hanging on the wall are student d...
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Irene Vermeers papers


  • 1935-1937 (Creation)


2 linear feet (7 boxes)

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(1912 April 2 - 2008 October 9)

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Working as the school photographer to help pay tuition, Gutterman (PHOT 1937) documented Art Center’s faculty, students, student work and classes across all academic departments. A number of her images appeared in the 1937 catalog. In the early 2000s, Vermeers donated over 200 of her original prints and negatives to Art Center. Her collection contains some of the earliest photographs we have in our College Archives and serves as an excellent document of the 7th Street era. In addition, she donated her original camera and tripod that she used as a student. It was at Art Center that Irene met her future husband, Art Vermeers, who studied industrial design. They married after graduating, and went on to start a family. Irene Vermeers died at the age of 96 in October 2008. (Excerpted from the Dotted Line blog, March 7, 2012:

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The Irene Vermeers papers consist almost entirely of photographs of Art Center School in the mid-1930s, especially faculty portraits and student work. Some of her images were less formal and capture rare candid images of students. The bulk of the collection is photographs of an Industrial Design Department class project from the mid-1930s taught by Kem Weber, whose objective was to design and build a model for a future Art Center campus to be located on Wilshire Boulevard.

Also included in this collection are Art Center Photography faculty Al King's color theory notebooks and the camera and tripod she used as a student.

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.).

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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