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Edgar Miller History Program and Publication

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Posted by: Edgar Miller Legacy
Deadline: Mon, April 16th, 2018


Edgar Miller Legacy    |    Art Design Chicago  


Call for Papers



A Lost Chapter

Read Anew

The Visionary Art & Design of Edgar Miller


Dates: October 4th, October 25th, November 29th

Location: DePaul Art Museum



Theme and objectives


For a series of public lecture programs to be held in fall 2018 (presentation dates will be on  10/4, 10/25, and 11/29), Edgar Miller Legacy is inviting researchers to submit proposals for public presentations and corresponding research papers for publication.

The purpose of this series is to delve deeper into the overlooked history of the 20th century American artist, craftsman, and creative spirit, Edgar Miller. We formally announce a call for proposals for presentations and papers as part of this public program series. This program is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Please visit our website for submission guidelines and more information at:


Edgar Miller


Edgar Miller (1899-1993) was a modern “Renaissance man.” Embracing old-world craftwork in an increasingly mechanical age, he honed his skills as an expert painter; mastered wood carving and sculpting; became one of the nation’s foremost stained glass designers by his mid-twenties; and pioneered techniques of graphic art in modern advertising.


There still remain large gaps in our understanding of Miller’s life and prolific output. This series asks researchers to explore Miller’s presence, contributions, and remarkable legacy—as an artist, architect, craftsman, and designer—in Chicago’s culture of art and design, and in the context of other international art movements, from the Bauhaus school, to French cubism and fauvism, to Mexican social populism. Miller’s comprehensive approach to creating habitable spaces as complete works of art has its parallels in the creations of artists working around the world in his time and beyond. In the spirit of Miller’s boundless creativity, we encourage proposals from a diverse set of candidates working across disciplines. We will prioritze proposals that shed new light on Miller’s achievements and that examine his relationship to the art historical canon.


Selected participants will develop a lecture presentation for the fall 2018 series, following which they will draft an article based on the presentation topic, for publication by Edgar Miller Legacy in summer 2019. Presenters are also encouraged to use research resources at other local institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, and the Newberry Library.


All public lecture presentations will be held at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.


Who Should Apply


We welcome proposals from researchers from across the fields of art history and art production, American history and culture studies, interior design and architecture, design history, and related disciplines. Graduate students, mature and emerging scholars, as well as professional practitioners are all eligible to apply. Those with prior knowledge of Edgar Miller or who have already undertaken research on related artists and projects will have an advantage in developing successful proposals.


Due Dates


April 16: Proposal submissions

April 16–27: Follow-up interviews

April 30: Notification of selected scholars

September 7: Completed final drafts of lecture presentations


October 4th, 25th, and November 5th: Presentation Series Dates


May 31, 2019: Completed final papers




To facilitate research for presenters, the extensive archives of Edgar Miller Legacy will be made readily available through multiple media channels—via web, mail, and in-person access to the organization’s archives and database at the Glasner Studio, a unique, Miller-designed home. The Glasner Studio is home to the most comprehensive archive of Edgar Miller’s writings, art, and recorded media. Our archives consist of extensive original artworks by Miller, manuscripts, articles, books, audio recordings, and video interviews. We will also assist researchers in locating graphics and multi-media pieces and obtaining permissions for their use in  presentations and papers.


Located within the heart of Old Town, a Chicago neighborhood adjacent to Lincoln Park and the lakefront, the Glasner Studio is easily accessible to other research institutions in  Chicago, including the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago. We highly encourage scholars to use our archives to further their own research and to help open the field of study of Edgar Miller’s rich history and creative achievements.


Submission Guidelines


Proposal Requirements:

·    Cover letter outlining interest and background in the topics of study

·    Please indicate within cover letter all dates available for presentation out of: 10/4, 10/25, and 11/5   

·    500-word statement of intent describing a specific topic or theme for the presentation and essay

·    CV


Proposals, including all materials listed above, should be emailed as attached Word or PDF documents to Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy, at Due date for proposal submissions is 4/16/2018. Following review of submissions, selected applicants will be asked for interviews. If you live in or near Chicago, an in-person interview will be requested.


Presentation Requirements:

Presentations are required to include a slideshow or multi-media arrangement. Each presentation is expected to run approximately 40 to 50 minutes, to be followed by a reception with members of Edgar Miller Legacy as well as the program audience.

Paper Requirements:

Based on their research and presentation, each presenter will draft a scholarly article for publication in 2019, with the assistance of Edgar Miller Legacy. Drafts are subject to review by an editorial committee and revision based on their feedback.

Honorarium and stipends:

* Research and speaking honorarium: $1500

  ·  $500 to be awarded following presentation

  ·   $1000 to be awarded upon submission of revised, final draft of paper

* Negotiable reimbursement for travel and per diem expenses


Extra Information


Program Review Committee


●    Rolf Achilles | Independent Art Historian

●    Zac Bleicher | Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy

●    Robert Bruegmann | Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, UIC-Chicago

●    Richard Cahan | Author, Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home (CityFiles Press, 2009)

●    Wendy Greenhouse | Independent Historian

●    Lisa Stone | Curator, Roger Brown Study Collection, SAIC


Complete Timeline


April 16: Proposal submissions

April 16–27: Follow-up interviews

April 30: Notification of selected scholars

July 27th: Photo, video, and other visual materials requested from EML

August 1st: Completed first draft of presentation

August 1st - September 7th: EML available for consultation on slideshow preparation

September 7: Completed final drafts of lecture presentations

October 4th, 25th, and November 5th: Presentation Series Dates

March 1st, 2019: Completed first draft of paper    

March 29, 2019: EML review completed and submitted to writer

May 31, 2019: Completed final papers


What is Edgar Miller Legacy?


Edgar Miller Legacy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which works to preserve the art and history of late Chicago artist, designer and craftsman Edgar Miller, and to use this history as a launching point for the discovery of new inspiration and creative expression. We preserve and promote Miller as an overlooked artistic genius, encourage study and research of his life and body of work, act as a resource for educational institutions and organizations, and provide inspirational experiences within Miller-designed spaces.


For questions, please contact our Executive Director Zac Bleicher at, or leave a voice message at (312) 690-7403.

Posted on Mon, March 5th, 2018
Expires on Mon, April 16th, 2018

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