Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Edgar Miller: master of built-in art

Edgar Miller (American 1899–1993)
Window with Bird Design, c. 1925
Leaded Glass
From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago
photography by versluis

Chicago artist Edgar Miller was inspired by the pattern of the natural world. Much of his body of work reflects a keen sense of natural form and design. In addition, many of his pieces are built-in and integral to the architectural spaces in which they reside. Here’s information about the stained glass window illustrated above, taken from an Art Institute of Chicago museum didactic:
Edgar Miller moved to Chicago from Idaho to study at the School of the Art Institute. He apprenticed with the artist-craftsman Alfonso Iannelli. Miller became a recognized designer skilled in variety of media, primarily sculpture, stained glass, mural painting, and graphic arts. In 1925, Edgar Miller entered this window in the “23rd Exhibition of Modern Decorative Arts” at The Art Institute of Chicago and won the Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize. Miller felt that figurative art was more accessible that abstract art, and his designs reflect his belief.

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