Emerson Woelffer (1914 - 2003) was a prominent Abstract Expressionism artist and painter born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago between 1935 and 1937. In 1938 he joined the W.P.A.’s Federal Artists Project. In 1949 he taught at Black Mountain College at the request of Buckminster Fuller. Between 1949 and 1959, he lived in Mexico and Italy. In 1960 Woelffer moved to Los Angeles, California and from 1969 to 1973 he taught at The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. He taught again between 1974 and 1989 at The Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.