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Gerald Ackerman, Professor Emeritus, Named French Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters

Gerald Ackerman, a professor of art at Pomona from 1970-1989, has been named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture and Communication of the French government. It is one of four ministerial orders of the French Republic and one of the most significant honors bestowed on scholars who distinguish themselves through their creative endeavors in the fields of art and literature.

Ackerman has received this honor because of his work on the French 19th-century artist Jean-Leon Gerome. A specialist in 19th-century painting, Ackerman is the author of The Life and Work of J.L Gerome, which has been published in both English and French, and co-editor of J. L. Gérôme Drawing Course (Paris: ACR Édition) 2003. He has lectured about the artist throughout the United States and Europe. Among his other publications are a number of monographs and catalogs for art exhibitions in the U.S. And Europe.

At his retirement in 1989 from Pomona, the Loren Barton Babcock Miller Professor of Art was granted emeritus status.