Gerhard Miller

Year inducted: 2016
1903-2003

Gerhard Miller was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1903. His interest in painting began at the age of twelve after he contracted polio, a condition he largely overcame through surgery, exercise, and therapy. He studied art independently by constantly painting, studying art books, and visiting museums. His first medium was oil, but in 1938 he felt his ability had progressed to the point he could take on watercolor. By 1958, interest in his work had grown to such a level that he opened a gallery at his home. A fellowship in 1965 at the Huntington-Hartford Foundation in Pacific Palisades, California provided Miller the opportunity to begin experimenting with egg tempera as a medium. Thereafter, egg tempera was his medium of choice for large paintings, though he continued work in drawing and watercolor on a smaller scale. His art celebrates the beauty of his beloved Door County, the major theme of his imaginative realism.

Miller has been a regular exhibitor and recipient of awards in national watercolor exhibits since the early 1950s, including a Certificate of Merit from the Whitney and Museum of Modern Art in 1962 and an honorary doctorate in humanities from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was also a member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society, Audubon Society since 1949, Wisconsin Watercolor Society, and Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors.

Works by Gerhard Miller

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