Elmer Ginzel Plummer American, 1910-1987


Elmer Ginzel Plummer was born in Redlands, California on November 6, 1910. When Plummer was still a young boy, he became friends with future fellow Walt Disney animators Preston and Lee Blair. Lee Blair also served as President of the California Watercolor Society. As a teenager Plummer was sent to military school in San Diego. He later studied watercolor painting in high school and attended the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1920’s on a scholarship where his teachers were Millard Sheets and Clarence Hinkle. While he was still a student at Chouinard, Plummer was chosen to be one of the assistants to David Alfaro Siqueiros, who designed a mural for the art school’s courtyard.  Plummer became a close friend of Walt Disney and developed many of the comedic ideas for such cartoons as Goofy. He also contributed to the production Fantasia, Dumbo, and the Three Caballeros. In the 1930’s Plummer began to produce some very fine watercolors in the California Regionalist Style of painting. He sold them at Los Angeles area art galleries as well as at various art shows along the west coast. He also created watercolors for the Works Progress Administration, while still exhibiting his artwork extensively. After service in World War II Plummer returned to the Disney Studios and taught at Chouinard Art Institute. He continued to paint, but he no longer exhibited his art work after 1945. Plummer passed away in 1987.   


California Watercolor Society

Los Angeles Art Association

Painters and Sculptors of California


Art Institute of Chicago, 1939

California State Fair, 1938 (third prize)

California Watercolor Society, 1932-1942

Chouinard Alumni, 1954

Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco

Hesse Gallery, Glendale, California, 1935

Los Angeles Art Association, 1934 (award)

Los Angeles County State Fair, 1932 First Prize, 1939

Painters and Sculptors of California, 1930s

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1938 (award)

Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, 1935

Museums and Public Collections

Orange County Museum, California

Pasadena YMCA (mural)

Riverside (CA) High School

San Diego Museum, California

The White House, Washington, D.C.

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