Thomas Patton Miller
Summer in Baltimore, 1994, screen print
Miller, a highly acclaimed Baltimore artist, spent his whole life in Baltimore where he attended public school and won a scholarship to attend the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA), where he earned a BFA degree in 1967. After graduation Miller was hired by the Baltimore City Schools as an art resource specialist.
In the mid-1980s, Miller decided to return to MICA as a graduate student where he developed the distinctive “whimsical” style for which he would become known and which he labeled “Afro Deco.” Upon graduating from MICA with an MFA degree in 1987, Miller decided to devote himself to the painted furniture that later became his hallmark style.
His work was exhibited regularly in Baltimore galleries, and he enjoyed a devoted following among collectors, who often waited up to two years to purchase examples of his work. Miller’s furniture and sculpture were the subject of a major retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Maryland Art Place in 1995, and he was represented in several important group shows that toured the country.
On display will be Tom Miller prints from the Museum's Permanent Collection and a painted rocking chair titled Adam and Eve, generously loaned by Carl Clark and Linda Day Clark.