Photo Florian Holzherr


Born May 6, 1943, Los Angeles, California. Graduated Pasadena High School, 1961. BA Psychology, Pomona College, 1965. Art Graduate Studies, University of California, Irvine, 1965-1966. MA Art, Claremont Graduate School, 1973.

Awards in Art

  • National Endowments for the Arts, 1968.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1974.
  • National Endowments for the Arts, Matching Grant, 1975.
  • Arizona Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Visual Arts Fellowship, 1980.
  • Lumen Award, New York Section Illuminating Engineering Society with the International Association of Lighting Designers, 1981.
  • Katherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, 1984.
  • “Bessie” Award, New York, for Best Collaboration with a Dance Company, 1985.
  • Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France, 1991.
  • Freidrich Prize, Frankfurt, Germany, 1992.
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, National Council of Art Administrators, 1994.
  • Skowhegan Award for Sculpture, 1994.
  • Governor’s Arts Award, Artist of the Year, Arizona, 1997.
  • Wolf Foundation, Wolf Prize, Israel, 1998.
  • Scottsdale Cultural Arts Council, Artist of the Year, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2000.
  • Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Science, 2004.
  • Flying Elephants Foundation Fellowship, 2006.
  • National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Art, 2006.
  • Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Letters, 2006.
  • Certificate of Recognition, City of Los Angeles, California, 2006.
  • Marsh Award for Public Sculpture, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, London, England, 2007.
  • Award of Excellence in Public Art from the City of Claremont, CA for the Pomona Skyspace, 2008.
  • National Academy of Arts and Letters, 2011
  • Belgium Academy of Arts and Letters, 2011
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2011
  • Smithsonian Archives of American Art, 2013
  • National Medal of Arts, 2013  Awarded in 2014

Awards in Architecture

  • Grand Medailles d’Argent, Fondation Academie d’Architecture, Paris, France, 2000.
  • Jefferson Medal in Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2002.
  • Citation from The American Institute of Architects, Seattle, 2003.
  • Le Medallion de la Ville de Paris, France, Art and Architecture, 2003.
  • Sustainable Building Award, Coconino County, Arizona, 2004.
  • Honor Award for Design, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, England, 2009.
  • Velux Award from E.T.H., Zurich, Switzerland for the Skyspace, “Piz Uter,” in Zous, Switzerland, 2010.

Honorary Degrees

  • Honorary Doctor of Arts, Chicago Art Institute, 1999.
  • Honorary Doctorate, Pomona College, California, 2001.
  • Honorary Doctorate, Royal Academy of Art, London, England, 2002.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 2003.
  • Honorary Doctorate, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California, 2004.
  • Honorary Doctorate, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 2004.
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Northern Arizona University, 2005.
  • Honorary Doctorate, Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2007.
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2014