Agnes Eunice Mills Biography

Agnes Eunice Mills




Painter, printmaker, and sculptor Agnes Eunice Mills was born Agnes Karlin in New York on April 2, 1915. Her early formal art studies took place at the Pratt Institute, where she received her BFA, and the Cooper Union. She was also mentored by artist Hans Hoffman through the WPA where she was then hired as the youngest instructor, along with Ruth Gikow, at the project in theater set design and mural painting. At this time she also became a member of the Bauhaus "Design Laboratory" from 1936 - 1938. Later studies took her to C.W. Post College, Hofstra University, American Artists School, and the NYU School of Architecture and Applies Arts.

Her work often centered around themes of dance and theater, and she was commissioned by the Alwin Nikolai Dance Company to design sets as their resident artist for 25 years. This led to further commissions by other dance companies with an interest in having her capture their rehearsals in drawings, prints, and sculpture. These would often go to major venues such as the Lincoln Center, the New York Public Library, and City Center Gallery, among others. 

Agnes Eunice Mills died in Sebastopol, California on March 9, 2008.

Selected solo shows:
Lincoln Center Art Gallery, NY; City Center Gallery, NY; Alfredo Valente Gallery, NY; Carus Gallery, NY; Harbor Gallery, NY; Graphic Eye Co-Op Gallery, NY; North Shore Community Arts Center, NY; Unitarian Society, NY; North Truro Art Callery, MA; The Robbins Gallery, NJ; the Nuance Gallery, FL; Friends of the Tampa Ballet, FL.

Selected group shows:
National Academy of Design, NY; Alfredo Valente Gallery, NY; Madison Gallery, NY; Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Audubon Society, NY; Art Students League, NY; NYU School of Architecture and Applied Art, NY; Cooper Union School of Art, NY; American Artists School, NY; Design Laboratory, NY; New York State Pavilion/New York World's Fair; Post College Hutchins Gallery, NY; Kersaage Group/Napeague Inst. of Art, NY; Marymount Gallery, NY; Cornell Univeristy, NY; C.W. Post College, NY; North Shore Community Arts Center, NY; Colgate University Library, NY; East Hampton Guild of Artists, NY; Heckscher Museum, NY; joan Avnet Gallery, NY; Gallery K, NY; Graphic Eye Co-Op Gallery, NY; Silvermine Art League, CT; University of Hartford, CT; Hunterdon County Museum, NJ; Provincetown Art Assn., MA; Brandeis University, MA; Butler Institute of American Art, OH; Pennsylvania Academy of Art, PA; Nuance Galleries, FL; Brown University, RI; Northern University, IL; Oklahoma Art Center, OK; The Print Club of Philadephia, PA; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Temple University, PA.