Artie Milton named Juneteenth Artist of the Year

Arthur "Artie" Milton

We are one week away from Juneteenth- the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Telfair Museums held the second annual Juneteenth ‘Artist of the Year’ award ceremony Thursday night, honoring local artist Arthur “Artie” Milton.

Milton is a 1971 graduate of A. E. Beach High School and was in the first graduating class of Savannah College of Art and Design in 1982.

In 1986, the MLKing, Jr. Day Committee commissioned Milton to paint a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be displayed at the entrance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena of the Savannah Civic Center. The portrait was dedicated at the 1986 MLK, Jr. celebration making Milton the first African American artist to have his work permanently displayed in a municipal building in Savannah. He says he’s grateful to be recognized for his work.

If you’d like to meet Arthur Milton and watch his painting and drawing demonstrations, head over to the Jepson Center for the Arts for Free Family Day, Saturday, June 11, from 1 pm to 4 pm.

All Juneteenth events are free and open to the public thanks to funding by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

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