Miller Horns (1948-2012), came to art late in life, in his 40s, but dedicated his life thereafter to the arts. Born in Alabama,he moved to Akron, Ohio in 1953 where he lived for the rest of his life. Miller is mainly known for his innovative use of electrostatic and thermal color transfers of drawn and photographed images onto a variety of surfaces. His subject matter was mainly personal, drawn from documentation of his everyday life experiences, and his many art projects revolved around series of works that are related in style and theme, such as emotion or historical events.
While he completed many public commissions including the Matthews Hotel Monument, and a play and dance produced by Weathervane Theatre, Miller’s commissioned works can be found in many prominent collections throughout Ohio including The Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Advanced Elastomer Systems, Cleveland Clinic, and the Akron Public Library. His works are exhibited widely as well in Ohio and in Rome.
The last sixteen years of Horn’s life were spent in raising public awareness and support for his design for The Matthews Hotel Monument in Akron Ohio. This monument, built in the year of his death, commemorates the former African–American entertainment district of Howard Street. World famous entertainers like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie and Cab Calloway would come perform in the district and stay at the Matthews Hotel because they were not allowed to stay at hotels catering to whites. When the Hotel was torn down and the district demolished to make way for new development, Horns felt so strongly that this site should be remembered for future generations that he began his tenacious push for his design. Sixteen years later he lived to see the monument completed.
The work displayed here, Pulling of the Proof, is in the permanent collection of the AAWR, which is participating in #CelebrateOhioArts 2017.