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Wayne Miller On Sight: A Photographic Retrospective


The staff, Board and members of the Tweed Museum of Art are happy to announce the receipt of a $19,500 gift from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Chicago, to support a retrospective exhibition of documentary photographs by Wayne Miller, and to purchase the artist’s renowned Bronzeville Portfolio. The mission of the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation is to educate audiences throughout the US through the display and publishing of America’s most recognized social documentary photographers. The Wayne Miller exhibition comes to the Tweed with significant logistical support from the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.


The exhibition is scheduled for presentation at the Tweed Museum of Art,

from April 3rd - February 24, 2013.


Wayne Miller (American, b. 1918 -) was born in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, Urbana (1938-40) where he studied banking and worked part-time as a freelance photographer. From 1940-42 Miller studied photography at the Art Center School of Los Angeles and went on to serve in the US Navy where he was assigned to Edward Steichen's Naval Aviation Unit (Miller would later assist Steichen in putting on the record-breaking "Family of Man" exhibition The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1954). After the war, the artist won two consecutive Guggenheim Fellowships (1946-48) and photographed a body of work entitled "The Way of Life of the Northern Negro," which was later published as Chicago's South Side (UC Berkely, 2000). Miller briefly taught at Chicago's Institute of Design before moving to California where he worked for Life magazine until 1953. The artist joined Magnum Photos in 1958, serving as its president from 1962-66. Miller later went to work with the US National Park Service and in 1975 abandoned professional photography in order to dedicate himself to the defense of California forests.

The Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, is recognized for fine and vintage examples of important American and European 20th Century photography, specializing in works by avant garde, experimental, documentary and photojournalist photographers, especially those of the Chicago School of Design, the Bauhaus, the Photo League, and the André Kertész Estate.


Make sure to check out Wayne Miller on Signt: A Photographic Retrospective on October 2, 2012.

There will be a Visual Lecture Series with Paul Berlanga about the Photographer Wayne F. Miller

5-6 PM Teacher's Workshop "Across Town, Around the World"

6-7 PM Lecture Montague Hall 70, UMD

7-8 PM Reception and 40s & 50s music at the Tweed


Background piano performance courtesy of Patrick Colvin




Museum Location

Tweed Museum of Art

University of Minnesota Duluth Campus

1201 Ordean Court

Duluth, MN 55812-2496

Info: 218-726-8222 or 218-726-6552

store: 218-726-6139



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