Please join us for the Chicago Art Deco Society's Annual Meeting!
April 14, 2019
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In addition to a presentation from the Board of Directors about the success of our book, Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America, we will be joined by Zac Bleicher of the Edgar Miller Legacy, as Zac explores the connections between one of Chicago's most prolific artists and the history of the Chicago Art Deco Society. More details below.
Image: Edgar Miller's Glasner Studio from edgarmiller.org
"Chicago's Legendary Artist Edgar Miller"
Presented by Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy
Edgar Miller (1899-1993) worked in over 30 mediums, including painting, woodworking, and stained glass, and he is most well-known for a series of artistic buildings in Old Town, begun in the late 1920s and completed through The Great Depression. Miller was once one of Chicago’s most celebrated artists, yet the wider public barely remembers him today. In fact, Miller’s story was in many ways preserved due to the work of the Chicago Art Deco Society and its founders. In addition to a general discussion of Miller’s overall body of work, this talk will also present on the work that CADS did to ensure Miller’s history was not forgotten.
Zac Bleicher is the Founder and Executive Director of Edgar Miller Legacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering public education and appreciation of Miller’s incredible yet nearly forgotten body of work. Edgar Miller Legacy develops educational programming geared towards students of all ages and a growing community that continues to be inspired by Miller's work. Bleicher became aware of Edgar Miller at a young age through his uncle, Mark Mamolen. Mamolen himself became a close friend of Miller’s in the 1980s, and he spearheaded efforts to preserve the Old Town artist colonies created by Miller and his artistic collaborators during the 1920s and ‘30s. Among the company of longtime preservationists dedicated to saving Miller’s story, Bleicher grew up learning about this unique and inspiring history of art, design, and architecture. Bleicher studied American History, Art History, and Architecture at University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MBA from University of Illinois-Chicago.
We look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting on April 14!