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Pascagoula, Mississippi, Fishermen's Dock
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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|A muralist, painter, lithographer, illustrator and teacher active in
Chicago, New York City and Woodstock, New York, Edward Millman was well
known for his Depression era murals for the WPA, Works Progress
Administration. From 1935 to 1936, he was State Director of Mural
Projects for the Federal Art Project in Illinois. Much of his work
reflected his sympathies for middle and lower-class persons struggling
to earn money. He was also the chief illustrator for the Chicago Evening American newspaper.|
studied with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera in Mexico and returning to
Chicago, became one of the most productive WPA artists in
Illinois. He received numerous mural commissions including for
the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago in 1933; for post offices
in Moline and Decatur, Illinois; the Chicago Bureau of Water; for the
Chicago public schools; and for the main post office in St.
Louis. For the St. Louis project, he received $29,000., which was
the largest WPA award made by the federal government.
Millman taught fresco painting from 1939 to 1942 at Hull House in Chicago and also completed numerous lithographs.
1943, he became part of the federal govenrment's Navy Combat Artist
Program and went to the South Pacific before war in that area was
officially declared. Millman was one of eight artists selected at
the request of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz "to send Navy artists into
action to record their impressions in ways that cameras and the written
word could not; Millman and the other artists were embedded with the
fighting men to record their personal impressions. The result was
more than 1,300 drawings, watercolors and paintings of war the war and
the men who fought in it, and their artwork was used nationwide in
books, magazines and newspapers. In 1945, Millman received a
special citation from the Navy for his part in this program.
same year, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition of his
effective war-time depictions, many of them in watercolor.
Millman also became an active teacher and lecturer throughout the
United States including Indiana University, Washington University in
St. Louis, University of Arkansas, Cornell University and Layton School
of Art. From 1956, he was teaching at the Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute School of Architecture in Troy, New York.
During the second half of his career, he had studios in New York City and Woodstock, New York, where he lived in the summers.
Millman died in Woodstock in 1964, and at the time of his death, was Professor of Art at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Elizabeth Kennedy, Chicago Modern, 1893-1945
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
|Biography from The Navy Museum-US Navy Art Collection:|
|A native of Chicago, Edward Millman attended the Art Institute of
Chicago and later became Chief Illustrator for the "Chicago Evening
American". His interest in the frescoes of Diego Rivera led him to
further his art education in Mexico from 1934-35. Upon his return from
Mexico, Millman was appointed Illinois State Director of Mural Projects
for the WPA Federal Arts Project. He created several murals for
Illinois post offices and other public buildings. Together with
Mitchell Siporin he created a mural for the St. Louis, Missouri Post
Office, the largest single commission ever offered by the government
and one that took two years to complete.|
In January 1943, Millman joined the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant
(junior grade). He was assigned to the Training Division, Bureau of
Naval Personnel in Washington, DC, creating posters and developing
training aids. He worked several assignments stateside until he was
finally able to secure an appointment to the Combat Art Section in
September of 1944. He was tasked with covering the unfolding events in
the Philippines and the landings in Dutch New Guinea. Within a month he
was on the scene, recording the re-taking of Manila and the surrender
of Japan. Attached to the headquarters of General of the Army Douglas
MacArthur, he gained access to shore operations and as part of one of
the forward units to enter Manila, he was the first naval officer to
enter Bilibid Prison, which housed American POWs. He returned to the
U.S. in February 1945 to complete his paintings.
Later that year, Millman left the Navy and was awarded a post-service
Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts Research, a grant that allowed him
the security to more fully develop his personal style. His paintings
became more abstract but retained the emphasis on composition that came
from his admiration of Renaissance masters. Millman was also influenced
by the drawing skill of contemporary Japanese painters.
Millman taught at the University of Indiana, Cornell University, the
Albright Art School of the University of Buffalo among others, and was
artist-in-residence for one year at the Art Institute of Chicago. His
works have been exhibited in leading American museums and art
galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum
of Modern Art. At the time of his death in 1964, he was Professor of
Art at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Millman was a resident of Woodstock, New York for many years and was an
active member of the Woodstock Artists Association, serving as
president at numerous times.
The US Navy Art Collection contains 75 works by Edward Millman. Most
are pen and ink drawings, with wash. Thirteen are watercolors and seven
are works in gouache.
“Renowned Abstract Artist, Edward Millman Succumbs.” New York Times 13 February 1964. (Obituary)
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