The Smithsonian inducted Vera into its Resident Associate Program in October 1972 as their first artist and commissioned her to paint the Foucault Pendulum, which still hangs in their offices today.
The institute launched the program "A Salute to Vera: the Renaissance Woman" at the Museum of History and Technology.
Emile Walter Galleries, located at 121 East 57th Street, launched an exhibition in 1970, which included around 50 original paintings and drew art collectors from around the country with the first customer John Lennon.Department stores across the country hosted a traveling show of scarves and other products, set up to look like an art gallery.Her father gave her 50 cents for each sketchbook she could fill with her drawings as well as taking her to The Metropolitan Museum of Art every Sunday.Ultimately, each of the Salaff children chose a creative career path.The company expanded into sportswear, eventually hiring up and comer Perry Ellis to oversee that division, as well as luggage.
Alexander Gray Associates located at 510 West 26th Street, held a Vera Neumann show - Vera Paints a Rainbow, from July 9-August 7, 2015.And while she's most certainly known for being the pioneer in signature scarves, I have to say my favorite finds of her designs are in the fabric napkin form. I've been wanting to do a little research about Vera for a while now, and through various websites, here is what I was able to find out: Born as Vera Salaff on July 24, 1907, the future textile designer came from what seemed to be a supportive, creative family.According to an article from 1970 in the Oakland Tribune, Fanny and Meyer Salaff ...encouraged each of their children to find a passion and follow it – in her case drawing and painting.Her father gave her 50 cents for each sketchbook she could fill with her drawings as well as taking her to The Metropolitan Museum of Art After design school, she became a fashion illustrator, then a textile designers, and, before marrying her husband, George Neumann, also in textiles, she designed fabric and murals for children's rooms.to decorate the third-floor solarium windows and upholstery of the White House.