2008 Benefit and Auction Honoring Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman

    Sunday, September 21, 2008
Gary Cooper House
Holmby Hills, CA
Designed by A. Quincy Jones, 1954



Ceramics: Slip-cast by
Jerome Ackerman for
Jenev Design Studio,
c. 1954
Photograph: Milton Lipton
Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman
Jenev Design Studio
Los Angeles, c. 1953
Photograph: Milton Lipton
Mosaic (detail) by Evelyn Ackerman, 1957
Office building, Santa Barbara.
Photograph: Laura Ackerman

Photo Gallery 

The Museum of California Design’s 5th annual Award Benefit and Auction honored California designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman for their exceptional contributions to American design. For more than 40 years the Ackermans created tapestries, ceramics, metal wares and mosaics for their Los Angeles-based firms, Jenev Design Studio and ERA Industries.

The Benefit, which was held on Sunday, September 21, 2008, from 3 PM to 6 PM, was hosted by David Bohnett and Tom Gregory at their soaring Mid-century Modern Holmby Hills home that was designed in 1954 for Gary Cooper by the celebrated Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones. Bohnett founded the Internet-based media and e-commerce company GeoCities and is Chair of the David Bohnett Foundation. Gregory is an actor, radio personality, and entertainment industry commentator.


Museum of California Design director Bill Stern with the 2008
Henry Award for Excellence in Design

2008 Henry Award recipients Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman

Tom Gregory, event co-host

Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman Information Panels

Museum of California Design director Bill Stern, Museum of California board member Joel Chen, his daughter Fiona Chen and renowned photographer Julius Shulman

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman, Nora Jaffe, Museum of California Design board
member emeritus Alan Jaffe

Jerome Ackerman, Jill A. Wiltse, Evelyn Ackerman, H. Kirk Brown III. Wiltse
and Brown are board members of the Museum of California Design
Information panels: Designed by Felis Design Company

Charles Hollis Jones, designer of the Henry Award

Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, Museum of California Design sponsors James Elliot-Bishop and Patrick Barry

Architect Stephen Ehrlich, Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, Nancy Griffin

Jo Lauria and Dale Gluckman, curators of the Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman exhibiton at San Diego’s Mingei Museum

Peter Loughrey of LA Modern Auctions, auctioning an
Evelyn Ackerman tapestry

Museum of California Design board member Dr. Andrew Frank, his wife,
Deborah Frank, Bill Stern

Photographer Leland Lee and Benefit volunteer Jeri Franchini

Bill Stern addressing attendees at the Award Benefi


The Ackermans’ work was represented in all of the landmark California Design Exhibitions that were held at the Pasadena Museum
of Art in the 1960s and 70s and at the Pacific Design Center in 1976. Their work is in the permanent collections of a number of museum collections among them the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Oakland Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Benefit included an award ceremony, a live auction conducted by Peter Loughrey, founder and principal auctioneer of LA Modern Auctions, and a silent auction.

Speakers included:

Tom Gregory, event co-host, who is an actor, radio personality, and entertainment industry commentator. 

Dale Gluckman, co-curator of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman: A Marriage of Art & Design, and the former Curator of Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was the curator of the exhibition Rank and Style: Power Dressing in Imperial China.

Jo Lauria, co-curator of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman: A Marriage of Art & Design and formerly a decorative arts curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is chief curator of the exhibition Craft in America: Expanding Traditions.

Bill Stern, the Executive Director of the Museum of California Design, has curated a number of exhibitions, among them California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism and Mid-Century Mandarin: The Clay Canvasses of Tyrus Wong.

The MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA DESIGN thanks the following sponsors for making this event possible:

David Bohnett and Tom Gregory
Bon Vivant, Palm Springs
Michael Stern, Inc., New York
LA Modern Auctions
Evans and Susanna Lam


The Museum of California Design is the only organization exclusively dedicated to exhibiting and documenting the full range of California’s rich commercial design history, which we accomplish through traveling exhibitions and public programs. Visit us at www.mocad.org.