Feb 16, 2012 - Sale 2268

Sale 2268 - Lot 146

Price Realized: $ 1,320
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
EVA HAMLIN MILLER (1911 - 1992)
A Time to Leave.

Oil and mixed media collage on canvas, circa 1975. 711x508 mm; 28x20 inches. Signed and titled in pencil on the verso.

Provenance: private Washington, DC collection.

This is the first known work of this influential North Carolina artist and educator to come to auction. Born in Brooklyn, Miller grew up in Greensboro, NC. She later received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1940, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1945 where she studied painting. She taught art at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama before becoming Bennett College's first art instructor in 1937. She went on to be the chair at the Winston-Salem Teachers College and the first African-American supervisor for Greensboro schools. Her work has been extensively exhibited, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Raleigh Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the National Museum of Art, Dakar, Senegal. Her profile is included in both Dr. Samella Lewis's 1969 African-American Artists and Dr. Leslie King-Hammond's 1995 Gumbo Ya Ya Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists. King-Hammond pp. 171-172.