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Michael Lacktman

Lacktman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 1, 1938. He completed his undergraduate education in Industrial Arts at Pennsylvania State College. Lacktman then went on to acquire his M.F.A. Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1963. His post-graduate work included studying at Kunsthaandverskolen in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was granted a Certificate for Advanced Study for his study in Denmark in 1966. While in Denmark he also studied with two designers from Georg Jensen's firm. This was a turning point in his career and probably conditioned his taste for directness in the handling of materials and streamlined contours. Lackman's interests range from jewelry design to furniture design.

Lacktman received many other acknowledgments from the metalsmithing community in the form of awards, fellowships, invitational and solo exhibitions. Lacktman was the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant in 1963 and the Ford Foundation Grant from 1972 through 1973. He was also involved in composing a design project in 1964 for the President's Committee on the Handicapped. Lacktman was appointed advisor to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities for the embellishment of the National Institute of Design in 1965 to 1968.