Edgar Miller Legacy and Iannelli Studios
Edgar Miller discussion and pop-up exhibition
Location: Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, 255 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge IL60068
Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 @ 1pm
Speakers: Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy
Eric O'Malley, Co-founder PrairieMod and the Organic Architecture + Design Archives
Larry Zgoda, Artist, Larry Zgoda Studio
Edgar Miller (1899-1993), the subject of the monograph Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home (2009) by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, is more widely known today for his artistically rehabbed homes in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, but he was also an in-demand, nationally-acclaimed designer, illustrator, and decorative artist from the 1920s through the 1960s. Much of Miller’s attention to craftsmanship and pursuit of a multi-varied career can be traced back to his early employment in the studio of Alfonso Iannelli in the early 1920s. It was at Iannelli Studios where Miller took on his first serious projects in graphic design, illustration, sculptural execution, and stained glass design. Miller also made many contacts with professional architects of the day who went to Iannelli Studios for their decorative art installations. In the late 1920s, after Miller had gone on to pursue his own career, Iannelli, Miller, Ruth Blackwell, and Olive Rush teamed up to design and execute a series of windows for Barry Byrne’s Christ the King Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This panel discussion will focus on Miller’s work during his years at Iannelli Studios and, more generally, how his experience with Iannelli affected his later solo work during the 1920s and beyond.
Several pieces of Miller’s work will be on display exclusively for this discussion.
Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Edgar Miller Legacy and Kalo Foundation