Best known as a sculptor and for her large scale, site specific projects – Elyn Zimmerman has widely exhibited her work in drawing, painting, photography, and installations since earning her MFA at UCLA in 1972. Zimmerman taught university level art classes from 1974 to 1986 in California and New York. She has also been a visiting professor at Architecture and Landscape Architecture graduate schools, including The Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA; The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
In the late 1970’s Zimmerman created a number of temporary, site-specific installations for museum and gallery exhibitions. Including, but not limited to: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hudson River Museum, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC.
In 1977, she was inspired by her trip to archeological sites in India. She returned to begin working on outdoor projects, especially in stone. She was invited to do temporary outdoor projects at places like Artpark, Lewiston, NY; 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, and others. Zimmerman’s permanent projects are best known for their use of stone, often complimented by water in the form of reflecting pools or fountains alongside landscape elements. Included among these large scale public commissions is a fountain to memorialize the World Trade Center bombing in New York City, the design of the Sculpture Garden at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, a fountain and seating area for AT&T headquarters in New Jersey, and the plaza design, including a large pool and granite sculpture, at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC.