The artist Jack Raymond Miller, 71, of Holiday Island, Arkansas, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born December 8, 1942, in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Jack served in the United States Navy, and was an artist and printmaker who enjoyed creating “Art for Art's Sake.” Jack was one of the original artists of the Art Colony in Eureka Springs, Arkansas; participated in The Artery; instructed at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts; and was a member of the Eureka Springs Artists Registry. He was one of the coordinators of the Krewe of Krazo, the group that made Eureka Gras a huge success celebrating Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs. Jack was honored by the Krewe of Krazo on January 26, 2013, as the official “Float Meister” and creator, designer, artisan, master craftsman and deliverer of joy and merriment to the city of Eureka Springs. He received the “Archie Ryan Loving Cup” on March 17, 2013, for community services, support to his friends, and time and artistry in designing floats, from the Krewe of Blarney Kapitan's Klub.
Jack was born to Sophie Stankovich and was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Scott Miller. Jack is survived by his wife; Sabina Terre Miller, of Holiday Island, Arkansas; one son, Sean Miller and his wife, Masae, of Tokyo, Japan; one daughter, Kristen Terre Webster and her husband, Dustin, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; three brothers, Scott Miller, of Norman, Oklahoma, Edwin Arnold and his wife, Shirley, of Linesville, Pennsylvania, and Dean Arnold, of Linesville, Pennsylvania; one sister, Carolyn Graham and her husband, Robert, of Linesville, Pennsylvania, and one grandson, Killian Miller.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 17 Elk Street, Eureka Springs. A celebration of Jack's life will be observed in May.
The Jack Miller Scholarship Fund for aspiring printmakers is being established by the Eureka Springs School of the Arts in his honor. Donations may be sent to ESSA, P.O. Box 657, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.
Jack was a long-time resident of the French Quarter of New Orleans. He was a talented artist/etcher, who created a large body of work in copper plates. Jack's etchings are collected far and wide, not only by visitors but also a large local following. His etchings show the special character of the old, authentic French Quarter. This was the French Quarter he saw when he moved to New Orleans in 1968. Jack Miller etched and created art in New Orleans for 37 years. His etchings remain sought after as collectors' items.
Jack, his wife Sabina, and daughter Kristen moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in 2005. There they were joined by other New Orleanians who were uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. Jack loved Mardi Gras, so while living in Eureka Springs Jack became instrumental in helping the city create their first Mardi Gras celebrations, and was a charter member of the Krewe of Krazo. Jack became a very well-known artist figure in Eureka Springs. He and his family made yearly returns to New Orleans to visit friends and to continue to distribute his work to the galleries. Jack R. Miller left a charming and artistic record of the old French Quarter. His hand printed original etchings will be a lasting legacy to the city he loved.
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