GREENSBORO, N.C. – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, who taught art history at Bennett College for 40 years, will be at the Institution today to speak at a reception and presentation of an exhibit featuring the work of Eva Hamlin Miller.
The reception for “The Artistry of Eva Hamlin Miller” begins at 4 p.m. inside the Wilbur Steele Hall Art Gallery on Bennett’s campus. The public is invited.
Miller became the first art instructor at Bennett College in 1937. Throughout her illustrious career, she taught, directed art programs and chaired the art departments at institutions including Bennett, Tuskegee Institute and North Carolina A&T State University, as well as in Greensboro City Schools.
Miller was born in 1911 in Brooklyn, New York, and studied the fine arts at Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York City. Her artistic pursuits allowed her to travel as far away as Italy and Nigeria, where she studied at the Graduate School of Fine Art (Florence) and at the University of Ibadan, respectively.
Miller’s work includes acrylic and oil paintings as well as commissioned stained glass windows at several churches around Greensboro. She participated fully in her craft by creating her own works while encouraging and educating young artists. In fact, Miller was instrumental in the founding of two local art galleries focused on showcasing the talents of African-American artists.
“We’re very fortunate to host an exhibit of Eva Hamlin Miller’s works,” said Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins. “You cannot adequately discuss art at Bennett College without mentioning Mrs. Miller and her many and varied contributions, not only to Bennett but to the Greensboro community as a whole.
“Likewise, it’s highly apropos that Congresswoman Adams will join us in our celebration of Mrs. Miller, as she took an art class under her at A&T and taught art history at Bennett for four decades,” Dawkins continued. “I truly hope many people in Greensboro and surrounding communities will come out on April 4 as we open the exhibit and celebrate Mrs. Miller’s life and art.”
The exhibit of “The Artistry of Eva Hamlin Miller” will be in The Wilbur Steele Hall Art Gallery until April 14. The Gallery is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Managed by Andrena Coleman, Bennett’s Gallery is known for hosting outstanding exhibits including “Conscience of the Human Spirit: Quilts Honoring the Life of Nelson Mandela.”
Adams is happy to be back at Bennett today for the exhibit.
“I’m proud to be back on the campus of Bennett College for the opening of an exhibit featuring, my mentor, Eva Hamlin Miller’s work,” Adams said. “I studied under Eva Miller as an undergraduate, and she nurtured my career as an artist and educator throughout our 27 years of friendship. In 1991, we opened the African-American Atelier together to showcase the work of African-American artists and to share the power of art within the community. Today, we honor her memory and legacy at Bennett College and throughout Greensboro.”