Edgar Miller,
The Designer

A Pioneer of Art in Modern Design


Edgar Miller (1899-1993) was a self-taught and apprenticeship trained artist and master craftsman—a true “Renaissance Man”of the modern era who lent his skills to a multitude of projects in advertising, packaging, interiors and architecture. This talk will summarize Miller’s wide range of artistic accomplishments and will explore in-depth his work in various fields of design.

Chicago Design Museum
Thursday, January 26th, 6:00pm



Zac Bleicher
Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy

Miller’s life intertwined with that of Mr. Bleicher’s late uncle, Mark Mamolen, who befriended the, 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.


Todd Palmer
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.


Michelangelo Sabatino
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.



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