Ann Grimmer

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  • Ann
  • Radville
  • Grimmer
  • Vernon Grimmer; graduate of School of the Art institute of Chicago; studied architecture at the Armour Institute of Tehnology; architect and product designer married 1936 during World War II, designed battleships, aircraft carriers and submarines for the Austin Company During the post-war era he designed houses and golf courses for WC Tackett & Associates in addition to schools, motels, commercial buildings, the interiors of the Zephyr train and Betty Crocker kitchens for Art Swanson & Associates
  • Margot nationally known dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance teacher.
  • February 17, 1910
  • Harrisburg, Illinois
  • February 17, 2011
  • Lithuanian-American
  • Glencoe, Illinois
  • Ceramicist, Charcoal, Collage, Drawing, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Muralist, Painter-Acrylic, Painter-Oil, Pastelist, Sculptor, Watercolorist, Woodworker
  • 1928-1932: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940: Mexico
  • 1930s: Annual Exhibition of Works by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois [6 times]

    1934: Century of Progress Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    New Horizons in Painting and Sculpture, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

    New Horizons in Sculpture Show, Chicago, Illinois: Who Can Understand A Woman

    North Shore Art League, Winnetka, Illinois

    North Shore Artists exhibition, Woman's Club of Evanston, Evanston, Illinois

    Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

    Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois

    Glencoe Public Library, Glencoe, Illinois

    Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, Illinois

    Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois

    New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois

    1933: Taos, New Mexico

    1933: Arcadia, California

    Evanston Women's Club, Evanston, Illinois

    1964: Annual Exhibition of Works by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, The Artists iNstitute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: St. Tropez Scene; There's Always Tomorrow

    2010: Balzekias Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940: won traveling fellowship from the Art Institute of Chicago

    first prize: North Shore Art League's Show: There's Always Tomorrow

    first prize: Art Exhibition of North Shore Artists,  Woman's Club of Evanston: St. Tropez Scene

    1965: first place, New Horizons in Sculpture Show, Chicago, Illinois: Who Can Understand A Woman

    1967: Best In Show, All Glencoe Art Fair: The Torso
  • 1935+: Graphic designer and commercial artist, The Curt Teich Company

    1948: started teaching in the adult evening education program of Nettlehorst School in Chicago, Illinois

    1958-?: Teacher, the Recreation Center, the YWCA and the Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, Illinois

    making models of houses and doing interior design, Arthur Swanson & Associates (an architectural firm)

    For 10 years she drew renderings of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox churches and Jewish Synagogues for renovation projects for Fred LeRoy & Associates

    1940s: costume design for the company of dancer Anne Rudolph

    1971-1987 under the name ARG she was the costume designer for the Margot Grimmer American Dance Company, Highland Park, Illinois

    1968: designed a group of 1960's fashion with the theme of automobiles for an industrial film for General Motors

    In later years she became a published poet; in 1998 she contributed several of her poems to a book of photographs called "Dancescapes" by San Francisco photographer Norinder Dolgra

  • daughter of Lithuania immigrants Anna Radvilla Petratis and Rokas Radvillas (Radziwill)

    Rokas was from Vilnius. He was a university graduate and merchant by profession. He immigrated to the US in 1890 to escape conscription into the Russian army and entered the country via Ellis Island. He became an accountant and then a supervisor for the Salina County Mining Company in Southern Illinois. Anna was from Siaulias and immigrated to the US in 1908 because at age 26 she was unable to make a match due to the lack of a dowry. She was a tailor in Lithuania and sold her sewing machine for passage to the US entering at Baltimore. From there she boarded a train to Southern Illinois to her half great uncle Rokas, who reluctantly became her sponsor. A year later they married.

    biography by her daughter