Emil Milan (1922-1985), a somewhat forgotten but highly influential 20th century American studio worker, is getting more attention since Penn State Great Valley opened the first public exhibit of his work, "Emil Milan: Midcentury Designer Craftsman," earlier this summer. Most recently, Milan and the exhibit were the subject of a public radio show "ArtScene" with Ericka Funke.
To hear the show, go to www.wvia.org/radio/local/artscene/.
This mid-century master craftsman's "functional sculptures" in wood combined sleek modern designs and organic shapes. From 1961, Milan lived and worked in Thompson, Pennsylvania, selling works through retail outlets in the Northeast and teaching woodworking classes for Penn State Extension.
This exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 26.