Victory Park
1201 N. Pershing Ave.
Stockton, CA  95203
(209) 940-6300

Carl V. Miller:
A Retrospective

July 13 - August 24, 2008

Untitled Watercolor Painting
Untitled watercolor painting by Carl Vosburgh Miller

This summer marks the first public exhibition of The Haggin Museum's collection of watercolors and woodblock prints by one of Stockton's most beloved and respected artists when Carl V. Miller: A Retrospective goes on display July 13-August 24.

Shortly after Carl Miller passed away in August 2004, his widow, Cathy Miller, generously donated a portfolio of approximately 120 finished watercolors and 40 woodblock prints, as well as 53 sketchbooks, each with some 50 pages, dating from 1980-1995. Fifty of those watercolor paintings and 19 woodblock prints will be on display for the first time in the Lower West Gallery. In addition, binders will be available for visitors to leaf through and gain insight into what the collection of sketchbooks encompasses. The subjects range from model studies to those made on site in various locations throughout the United States.

Miller was primarily a watercolorist and his skill was widely recognized by his colleagues. Miller's works were regularly selected for the Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition and a watercolor award is named in his honor. He was a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Midwest Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society West. His mastery of the medium is evident in the watercolor paintings that will be on display in this exhibition.

Always eager for new challenges, Miller experimented with other media, including woodblock prints and computer-assisted prints. He also turned his talent to developing aids, including extensions to paint brushes and modifications of easels, that enabled him to pursue his artistic career in spite of severe arthritis.

This retrospective of his work is a tribute to his artistic achievement and the legacy of a remarkable artist.

Thursday, July 17, 7:30-8:00 p.m.

Fellow watercolor artist and friend Claire Oak will give a gallery talk about the work of Carl Miller on Thursday, July 17, 7:30-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. and the museum will stay open until 9 p.m. for visitors to view the exhibition during the evening hours.

This special event is included with regular museum admission and no reservations are required. For more information, contact Curator of Education Lisa Cooperman at (209) 940-6315 or

Untitled watercolor painting by Carl Vosburgh Miller


Saturday, August 9, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
The museum's monthly Art Adventures workshop for families with children ages 5-12 will also be inspired by Miller's watercolors. On Saturday, August 9, 1:30-3 p.m., artist Judy Bird will demonstrate the technique of painting with watercolors. Participants will make postcards about The Haggin Museum.

This event is included with museum admission but advance registration is required as spaces are limited. Contact Curator of Education Lisa Cooperman at (209) 940-6315 or

The Haggin Museum is located in Stockton's Victory Park, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., and is open Wednesday-Sunday, 1:30-5:00 p.m. and 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 1:30-9:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults 18 and up; $2.50 for youth ages 10-17, students with a valid I.D., and seniors 65 and over; and free for museum members and children under 10 accompanied by an adult. Free Admission Saturday will be held on October 4.

Free docent-led tours may be booked in advance by contacting Curator of Educator Lisa Cooperman at (209) 940-6332 or For disabled access, call ahead at (209) 940-6311 or 940-6317.

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