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 Evylena Nunn (E. Nunn) Miller  (1888 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: California/Kansas      Known for: landscape, coastals, Indians and western painting, illustration, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A landscape painter, Evylena Miller was born in Mayfield, Kansas where she spent the first fifteen years of her life. In 1903, she moved to Santa Ana, California and earned her B.A. degree from Pomona College and studied with Anna Althea Hills and Hannah Tempest Jenkins. She also attended the Art Students League in New York City and the Berkshire Summer School of Art.

From 1911 to 1918, she taught art at Claremont High School and Riverside Girls School and at Santa Ana High School. From 1920 to 1922, she taught at a boys school in Japan and then returned to the United States where in 1923, she married Howard Earl Miller, who shared her love of travel.

They lived in Los Angeles and with her painting landscapes, coastal views and Native Americans, they traveled widely including to Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. One of her goals was to paint all of the pueblos of the Southwest, and pursuing that as well as landscape subjects, they forded rivers, went into building ruins, and climbed high elevations. These pursuits led to the completion of 40 canvases of scenes of life in the pueblos of the Navajo, Apache, Toas, Hopi, Jemez, Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni. She also painted in Japan, China, Egypt and the Holy Land and in 1933, her book "Travel Tree" about these journeys was published.

In 1956, she became the director of the Bowers Memorial Museum in Santa Ana and was a member of Women Painters of the West, the California Art Club, and the Laguna Art Association. She died in Santa Ana in 1966, having exhibited widely including the National Art Gallery, the Smithsonian, and the California Art Club.

Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Phil & Marian Kovinick, "Women Artists of the American West"
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Pasadena Art Institute, 1925, 1928, 1929; Bowers Memorial Museum, 1939.
Memberships:
Official artist of the Arrow-Bear Park Assn., 1925; California Art Club; Laguna Beach Art Association; Santa Ana Art Guild; West Coast Arts; Women Painters of the West; Foundation of Western Art; Los Angeles Art Association; National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Mayfield, July 4, 1888; died Santa Ana, CA, Feb. 25, 1966. Painter, specialized in landscape. Illustrator. Teacher. Moved from Mayfield to Santa Ana, CA in 1903 and earned a BA from Pomona College in 1910. Also studied at the Arts Students League, the Berkshire Summer School of Art, the University of California, and in Japan. Pupil of Hannah Tempest Jenkins, Anna Althea Hills, John F. Carlson, Norwood MacGilvary, and W. A. Griffith. From 1911-1918, she taught art at Claremont High School and Riverside Girls School and at Santa Ana High School. From 1920 to 1922, she taught at a boys school in Japan. She returned to Los Angeles but continued to travel extensively and to with her paint landscapes, coastal views and Native Americans in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. One of her goals was to paint all of the pueblos of the Southwest, and pursuing that as well as landscape subjects, she forded rivers, went into building ruins, and climbed high elevations. These pursuits led to the completion of 40 canvases of scenes of life in the pueblos of the Navajo, Apache, Taos, Hopi, Jemez, Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni. She also painted in Japan, China, Egypt and the Holy Land and in 1933, her book, Travel Tree, about these journeys was published. In 1956 Miller became the Director of the Bowers Memorial Museum in Santa Ana, CA.
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COLLECTIONS:
Mulvane Museum; San Francisco YMCA; Hollywood 149 Women’s Club; Women’s Christian College, Tokyo; Smithsonian American Museum of Art; Pomona College; Bowers Memorial Museum.

MEMBERSHIPS:
Official artist of the Arrow-Bear Park Assn., 1925; California Art Club; Laguna Beach Art Association; Santa Ana Art Guild; West Coast Arts; Women Painters of the West; Foundation of Western Art; Los Angeles Art Association; National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947, 14/18/20/22/24/25; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6-7; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); Fielding, Mantle. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, with an Addendum containing Corrections and Additional Material on the Original Entries. Compiled by James F. Carr. New York: James F. Carr Publ., 1965.; Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1974. Collins, Jim, and Glenn B. Opitz, eds. Women Artists in America: 18th Century to the Present (1790-1980). Rev. and enl. ed. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Apollo, 1980.; AskArt, www.askart.com, accessed Dec. 21, 2005; Kovinick, Phil and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.; CalArt, www.calart.com/Data/Artists/Evylena_Nunn_Miller.asp accessed July 22, 2006.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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