Frederick Meyer

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Frederick Heinrich Wilhelm Meyer (November 6, 1872 – January 6, 1961), was an art educator prominent in the Arts and Crafts movement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Early years

Meyer was born near Hamelin, Germany. As a cabinetmaker in his native Germany, Meyer had a father and uncles who were also cabinetmakers. He became involved in the Arts and Crafts movement before emigrating, first to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the turn of the twentieth century.

He attended classes at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, now known as the University of the Arts. There, he began a lifelong friendship with the artist William S. Rice.

Meyer was then hired as art supervisor for the Stockton public schools in California. In 1900, Meyer hired Rice as assistant art supervisor, and Rice also relocated to Stockton, California. Meyer moved to San Francisco in 1902, and Rice was promoted to Meyer's job.

In San Francisco, Meyer established a cabinet shop and taught at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art on Nob Hill prior to the 1906 earthquake. He was also a faculty member of San Francisco Art Association and the California School of Design.

Founding of his arts and crafts school

After that institution was destroyed in the fire caused by the 1906 earthquake, Meyer expressed his dream of a school that would fuse the practical and ideal goals of the artist at a meeting of the Arts and Crafts Society shortly after the disaster. Meyer founded the...
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