In 2002, Frederick Hammersley donated to the Chouinard Foundation his entire body of student work. This body of work includes artworks dating back to the 1930s, including movie posters done while growing up in Idaho, drawings, as well as classic figure paintings and rare watercolor works and serigraphs. In addition, he donated his entire slide registry which includes a meticulous documentation of all his works. Frederick Hammersley was renowned at Chouinard as a student and a teacher, influencing many. He is best known as forwarding the Hard Edge style known as “Abstract Classicism” and is known as one of the great American painters of the 20th century.
In early 2002, Director Lou Paleno donated the entire collection of artworks bequeathed to him by his friend and mentor, the renowned Chouinard teacher Harold Kramer. Kramer was an influential artist and teacher who taught at Chouinard in the ’60s. The collection totaled over 500 works including paintings, drawings, bronze scuptures and memorabilia. The collection also included works by Harold’s wife Ann and sales of selected works contributed to Chouinard opening the school in South Pasadena in 2002. Numerous works remain in the Chouinard Foundation collection.