Emil Milan: Midcentury Designer Craftsman
From June 9 to September 26, 2014 (M-F 9am-5pm), Penn State Great Valley will host an exhibition of more than 80 of Emil Milan's greatest works. Born in 1922 in New Jersey, Milan moved to northeastern Pennsylvania in 1962.
From the late 1960's to the early 1970's, Milan was a part of the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service Program which sent master crafts artists all over the state to teach with the hopes of improving the "industry" of craft for the benefit of the Pennsylvania economy.
A master at using the bandsaw, Milan was also an expert of elegant carved organic objects. This is the first exhibition of Milan's work since his death in 1985 and only his second one-man show.
An opening reception will be held at Penn State Great Valley, 30 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA, on Monday, June 9th, from 6pm-7pm, in the Henry Gallery. Following the reception, there will be a lecture/panel discussion, from 7pm-8:30pm, in the Musser Auditorium. CWA members Norm Sartorius and Barry Gordon will be on the panel of Milan experts.
Milan's work is included in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Yale Art Gallery, and the Center for Art in Wood.