The Fine and Folk Art of Edgar Miller
Edgar Miller (1899-1993) was a self-taught and apprenticeship trained artist and master craftsman—a creative virtuoso of the modern era—who applied his skills to a multitude of projects in art, design and architecture. This talk will introduce us to Miller’s wide range of artistic accomplishments, from painting to sculpture to stained glass, as well as his unique style of artistic placemaking.
Location: Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario St.
Saturday, February 25th, 2:00pm
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Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy
Miller’s life intertwined with that of Mr. Bleicher’s late uncle, Mark Mamolen, who befriended the art.ist, helped preserve Miller’s “Handmade Homes,” and compiled archives of Miller’s work and history. Zac plans to share the exciting secrets of Miller’s work with as many as will be inspired by it. Mr. Bleicher has a BA in American History, Art History, and Architecture from University of Penn.sylvania, and an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Executive Director, Chicago Architecture Biennial
Todd Palmer has 19 years of experience in concep.tualizing and orchestrating program-rich interven.tions that define public space, articulate cultural uses of architecture, landscape and historic preser.vation and serve in communal processes of making meaning. His understanding of curatorial, mediatic, art-making and exhibit design processes is coupled with a deep concern for forging collaboration in the public sphere and supporting the growth of innova.tive collectives and transformative organizations. Palmer’s transdisciplinary work and collaborations have been profiled in a variety of outlets including The New York Times, ArtNews, Domus and ID. He engages consistently in national and international conferences of architecture, culture, design, technol.ogy, museology and urban concerns from planning to preservation.
PhD Professor and Director, PhD Program in Architecture, IIT College of Architecture
Michelangelo Sabatino is an architect and historian whose research broadly addresses intersections be.tween culture, technology, and design in the built and natural environment. From his research on preindustrial vernacular traditions and their in.fluence on modern architectures of the Mediter.ranean region, to his current project, which looks at the transnational forces that have shaped the architecture, infrastructure, and landscape of the Americas over the course of the 19th and 20th cen.turies, he has trained new light on larger patterns of architectural discourse and production. Sabatino is professor and director of the doctoral program at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Ar.chitecture in Chicago.