June Member Spotlight: Edgar Miller Legacy

Left: Interior of Glasner Studio, photo by Eric Allix Rogers. Right: A visitor to the Glasner Studio observes art glass windows by Edgar Miller, photo courtesy of Edgar Miller Legacy.

 

Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, new Alliance Member Organization Edgar Miller Legacy advances the appreciation of the life, philosophy and work of Edgar Miller, an overlooked Chicago artist and designer working in the 20th century. Through events, lectures, workshops, and site tours of Miller’s “handmade homes” in Chicago, the organization preserves and promotes Miller’s memory.


“We’re a resource for all of Chicago and beyond for information on Edgar Miller,” details Executive Director Zac Bleicher. “We’re part historical and part arts education organization.”


Edgar Miller hobbyists have been celebrating the artist for decades. However, with the founding of the Legacy, this community has been given a space to come together. In addition to its public programming, the organization boasts a collection of Miller’s own artwork, as well as a digital archive of articles, writings, and correspondence. And while Miller has slowly cultivated an international reputation, he still remains relatively unknown in his hometown.


“We want Chicagoans to take pride in this story and hold Edgar Miller in the same esteem as Chicago’s most famous artists and architects, like Frank Lloyd Wright,” says Bleicher. “He was that caliber of artist and designer -- he just didn’t receive that level of fame in his lifetime. Our goal is to ensure that future generations continue to draw inspiration from his story and prolific body of work.”

  

Edgar Miller Legacy’s membership program allows participants to receive first notice of site tours and public programming, while supporting the organization’s free public programming, discounted tours for students, and ongoing research work. For more information, visit edgarmiller.org.