Artist Biography

Evylena Nunn MILLER
1888 - 1966

Evylena Nunn Miller was born in Mayfield, Kansas on July 4, 1888. She settled in Santa Ana, California in 1903. She first studied art while at Occidental College in Whittier and earned a BA degree at Pomona College and a teacher's diploma from UCLA. She then taught art at Claremont High School, Riverside Girls High School, and Santa Ana High School until 1918. During this period she further studied with Anna Hills, Hannah Tempest Jenkins, Art Students League in New York City, and Berkshire Summer School of Art. She spent two years in Japan studying with Jippo Araki before returning to Los Angeles in 1923 to marry Howard Miller. Her book, Travel Tree (1933), covers her travels in Japan, China, Egypt and the Holy Land. She also made many trips to paint the Indians of New Mexico and Colorado, and was director of Bowers Memorial Museum in 1956. Mrs. Miller died in Santa Ana on February 25, 1966. Member: Women Painters of the West; Los Angeles Art Ass'n; Foundation of Western Artists (Los Angeles); Nat'l Ass'n of Women Artists; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n; Artists of the Southwest; California Art Club. Exhibited: Cannell-Chaffin Gallery (Los Angeles), 1923 (solo); Pasadena Art Institute, 1925, 1928, 1929 (solos); San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, 1927; Biltmore Salon (Los Angeles), 1929; California State Fair, 1930; California Statewide (Santa Cruz), 1931; Bowers Museum (Santa Ana), 1939 (solo). Works held: Bowers Museum; Chinese YMCA (San Francisco); First Presbyterian Church (Santa Ana); Pomona College; Orange County (CA) Museum.

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