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Jack Miller Biography

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In the late 1970's when the Tulsa Audubon Society was raising funds to purchase property for an eagle sanctuary on Lake Keystone, Jack Miller, a well-known artist from Sand Springs, donated prints of his painting of an eagle in flight to help in the fundraising efforts. Thanks in part to the publicity and money generated by this donation, the Society was able to acquire the property.

A Tulsa native, Miller began working as a professional artist in 1950 when he entered the U.S. Air Force. During his 2 1/2 years of active duty and five years in the reserves, Miller worked as an illustrator. Many of his artworks were included in "Air Force Times" and one of his etchings of a Model-T Ford was displayed in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Miller began his art studies at Oklahoma State University after graduating from Webster High School in Tulsa. He left school to enter the service and then returned to complete his bachelor's degree in art with a minor in advertising in 1953. He worked as a television artist and in advertising before joining Public Service Co. of Oklahoma where he was employed for 25 years. He retired from PSO in 1985. At PSO, Miller did architectural drawings of power plants, substations and office interiors as well as worked in the company's publications and advertising departments. In October 1983, Miller's oil painting "God Shed His Grace on Thee" was featured in "Southwestern Art" magazine's annual collectors edition. His eagle painting was used on the covers of telephone directories in Oklahoma, and his works have been displayed throughout the U.S., as well as overseas in South America, Russia, and France.

After Miller's death in 1996, his son, Jack Miller, Jr., generously donated these prints of the Bald Eagles and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, done by his father, to the Tulsa Audubon Society.

Click here for an article about Jack Miller from the Sand Springs Leader, April 14, 1985

Click Here for an article from the  April 4, 1979 Tulsa World describing the eagle roost fund raising campaign and the donation by Jack Miller.




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