Residency Performance at the Glasner Studio 

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Artist-in-Residence: Composer Elliot Bergman

Please join us at Edgar Miller Legacy for a special performance of new musical works by the composer and multi-instrumentalist Elliot Bergman, on Saturday, November 4th
Elliot will be the second artist to partake in our ongoing Glasner Studio Residency Program, which invites Chicago-based artists to draw inspiration from Edgar Miller's masterwork of art, design, and architecture. As awareness of Miller's work grows, Edgar Miller Legacy helps keep his spirit of ingenuity and creativity alive through residency projects in these spaces.
The night's celebration includes a tour of the beautiful home, a chance to meet the artist, tasty beverages and a delicious dinner. A special cocktail just for the night's festivities will be provided by Bond & Royal Spirits Co.
Due to the extremely limited amount of space, you must reserve your seats for this event via Eventbrite. Your donation helps to cover some of the costs of the residency program, and allows a small stipend for the artist-in-residence.
We look forward to seeing you!


Edgar Miller Legacy and Iannelli Studios

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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 

Please register here via Eventbrite 

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


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Edgar Miller Legacy, Terra Foundation, and our partners, present a five-part discussion series rediscovering the history and art of Chicago’s modern era “Renaissance Man” Edgar Miller. Each talk will feature a panel of experts from across Chicago’s varied industries in art, design, architecture and culture to bring to life the story of Chicago’s not-so-forgotten artistic genius, who believed in the philosophy of pursuing creativity every day, and was a master of the production of everyday art.

Please join us for one or all parts of this exciting, in-depth series. Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public! 

Note: Registration is recommended, but not a requirement for attendance.


List of Discussions

I: Edgar Miller, The Designer
A Pioneer of Art in Modern Design
Location: Chicago Design Museum, 108 N. State St., 3rd floor (Block 37)
Date: Thursday, January 26th, 6:00pm

Zac Bleicher (Director - Edgar Miller Legacy)
Alison Fisher (Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago)
Jonathan Mekinda, PhD (Assistant Professor, Design History - UIC)
Eric Allix Rogers (Freelance Photographer & Program Coordinator for Open House Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation)

Please register for FREE here!


II: Edgar Miller, The Architect
The Radical and Transformative Architecture of Edgar Miller
Location: AIA Chicago, 35 E. Upper Wacker Dr. #250
Date: Thursday, February 9th, 6:00pm

Zac Bleicher (Director - Edgar Miller Legacy)
Todd Palmer (Executive Director - Chicago Architecture Biennial)
Michaelangelo Sabatino, PhD (Professor and Director, PhD Program in Architecture, IIT College of Architecture)

Please register for FREE here!


III: Edgar Miller, The Artist
The Fine and Folk Art of Edgar Miller
Location: Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario St.
Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2:00pm

Zac Bleicher (Director - Edgar Miller Legacy)
Rolf Achilles (Assistant Professor, Historic Preservation - SAIC)
Lisa Stone (Curator, Roger Brown Study Collection - SAIC)
Wendy Greenhouse, PhD (Art Historian)

Please register for FREE here!


IV: Edgar Miller’s Times
The Interwar Cultural Context of Edgar Miller’s Artistry
Location: DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave.
Date: Thursday, March 9th, 6:00pm

Zac Bleicher (Director - Edgar Miller Legacy)
Liesl Olson (Director - Chicago Studies, Newberry Library)
Robert Bruegmann (Architectural Historian & Author)

Please register for FREE here!


V: Edgar Miller, The Man
An Intimate Look at the Life of Chicago’s Most Prolific Artist
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 6:00pm

Zac Bleicher (Director - Edgar Miller Legacy)
Richard Cahan (Author & Publisher - CityFiles Press)
Larry Zgoda (Artist & Archivist - Larry Zgoda Studio)
Bob Horn (Artist, Teacher, Historic Conservationist)

Please register for FREE here!