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Albert Wilton Miller's career in the arts spanned more than five decades. Art was his life and his language.

Miller was born on December 17, 1917, in Ozark, Missouri, and grew up in Bedford, Indiana. He spent five years at the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor's degree and a bachelor of fine arts degree.

In 1950 he was awarded grants to live and study in Europe, after which he returned to the Midwest for three years of graduate work at the University of Illinois, where he also taught for five years.

He was a visiting professor at the Cincinnati Academy of Art and ran Rookwood Studio, an art school in Cincinnati, from 1955 to 1959.

In 1960 he formed Motivation Dynamics, an advertising and public relations firm in Chicago, serving as partner and creative director. The firm's clients included a number of major corporations, including U.S. Steel, Air France, General Dynamics, Morton Salt, Playboy, and Mead Paper Company.

Miller left the corporate world in 1969 to pursue a freelance career and "to create a more basic and meaningful life."

During his long and varied career, Miller designed more than a dozen homes and buildings, including his home in Hermann, Missouri, which he fitted into a 120-foot limestone bluff.

Albert Miller died on May 16, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Sidney Miller, and a son, Albert W. Miller.

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