George Herms (1935-) was born in Woodland, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley. A nationally recognized assemblagist, his work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in numerous museums and galleries. He has been awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His public art has been controversial because his use of rusted ordinary objects is a jarring note for people accustomed to a more refined and polished sense of beauty.(1) In addition to paintings, drawings and photography, Herms has also written poetry and taught sculpture at UCLA.Footnotes:
1 "It's Still There", by Mathis Chazanov, Los Angeles Times, November 3, 1989.
Charles Simic (1938-), born in Beograd in the former Yugoslavia, moved with his family to the United States in 1953. Simic has written numerous books of poetry, including the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winning book length poem, "The World Doesn't End". In addition, he has translated the works of other poets into English and his poetry has been published in over a dozen languages. Simic has been honored with a MacArthur grant in 1986, a Fulbright Traveling Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.