Homer O. Hacker
...Homer O. Hacker
An accomplished watercolor artist and life-long resident of Montgomery County, Homer O. Hacker
has many national credits to his
name.In 1980 Mr. Hacker
was selected as a Signature Member in the American Watercolor Society
(AWS).A second significant honor came in 2000 when Homer's work was selected by the White House Historical Association
to represent the State of Ohio for the 2001 White House Calendar.Mr. Hacker
has been teaching watercolor for 41 years.His
generosity as a teacher is legendary.Since 1992 Homer
has demonstrated his
watercolor methods by one-event demonstrations and 3-5 day workshops on 69 separate occasions.In addition, Homer's energy for building support for the arts has been strong and consistent.He
was one of the founders in 1946 of the Art Center Dayton
, an organization of graphic artists.He helped to establish the Rosewood Art Gallery and was a central player in the organizing of the Ohio Watercolor Society, now boasting some 500 painters.His
lifetime lends an artist's perspective to decades of Montgomery County Culture.Mr. Hacker's training began at the Dayton Art Institute in 1929.He attended Roosevelt High School in the 1930's, and designed the atrium mosaic.
Majoring in Art at Ohio University he
enrolled in the first experimental courses in journalism photography.Returning to Dayton he worked for the Dayton Daily News and soon became Art Director / Chief Photographer.As a photographer, Mr. Hacker was a witness to many major events and people in Dayton history and life, photographing Orville Wright, President Roosevelt's visit in 1942, major golf tournaments, and aviation events.
has lived his
entire life in Montgomery County.He
late wife, Lydia, shared 65 years of marriage and raised four sons.In his family and community life, Mr. Hacker volunteered and served as leader for PTA, YMCA, Scouting, Camp Kern, the Red Cross, and the Kettering Holiday and Home Committee.
career has led many to a deeper conviction that original art is indispensable for good living," say his nominators, Frances Prugh and Julia Wharf.