Agnes Mills Biography

Agnes Mills




Agnes Eunice Mills, painter, printmaker, and sculptor, was born in New York City on 2 April 1915 to Herman and Celia Karlin. A prolific multi-disciplinary arts, she specialized in dance subjects and imagery pertaining to the arts. She worked in the Long Island/New York City for most of her career, eventually moving to Florida.

Mills was a graduate of Pratt Institute and Cooper Union Art School, and was associated with the Bauhaus, Social Realist, and Abstract movements. She worked for the WPA early in her career, becoming the youngest instructor in the Federal Arts Project along with fellow artist Ruth Gikow. She studied under Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, David Siqueiros, Hans Hoffman, Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York, Krishna Reddy, and many other leading printmakers and painters of the time. For twenty-five years she served as resident artist for the Alwin Nikolais Dance Company, and several other dance companies hired her to sketch their rehearsals. She was a member of the Artists Union and was Co-Chair for the committee for public use of art. She published the Index of American Design for the Library of Congress.

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


Solo Exhibitions:

Lincoln Center Art Gallery, New York City: Drawings & Prints on the Dance; City Center Gallery, NYC: Drawings & Prints on the Dance; Alfredo Valente Gallery, NYC: Sculpture, Drawings & Prints; Carus Gallery, NYC: Oils, Drawings & Prints; Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, NY; Graphic Eye Co-op Gallery, Roslyn, NY; North Shore Community Arts Center, Great Neck, NY: Prints & Drawings on the Dance; Unitarian Society, Manhassett, NY: Sculpture, Drawings & Prints; North Truro Art Gallery, Cape Cod, MA: Sculpture; The Robbins Gallery, East Orange, NJ; he Nuance Gallery, Tampa, FL;  Friends of Tampa Ballet, Tampa, FL: Drawings & Prints.

Group Exhibitions:

National Academy of Art & Design, New York City; Alfredo Valente Gallery, NYC; Madison Gallery, NYC; Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts, NYC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Audubon Society, NYC; Art Students League, New York, NYC; NYU School of Architecture & Applied Art; Cooper Union School of Art, NYC; American Artists School, NYC; Design Laboratory, NYC; New York World’s Fair, NYC; Post College Hutchins Gallery, Greenvale, NY; Pratt Institute School of Art & Design, Brooklyn, NY; Kersaage Group/ Napeague Inst. of Art, Napeague, NY; Marymount Gallery, Tarrytown, NY; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; C.W. Post College, Old Brookville, NY; North Shore Community Arts Center, Great Neck, NY; Colgate University Library, Hamilton, NY; East Hampton Guild of Artists, East Hampton, NY; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY; Joan Avnet Gallery, Great Neck, NY; Gallery K, Woodstock, NY; Graphic Eye Coop Gallery, Port Washington, NY; Silvermine Art League, New Caanan, CT; University of Hartford, Hartford, CT; Hunterdon County Museum, Clinton, NJ; Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngston, OH; Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Nuance Galleries, Tampa, FL; Brown University, Providence, RI; Northern University, DeKalb, IL; Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK; The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.


A complete list of exhibitions and more can be found of the artist's website.