PAINTER OF THE STARS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF MILTON J. HILL (1887-1972)
Presented by Patrick J. Donmoyer
Explore the colorful legacy of Pennsylvania’s leading barn star painter of the 20th century, Milton J. Hill of Virginville, Berks County. Spanning over six decades, Hill’s career began in the rural Pennsylvania Dutch community where was a third-generation barn star painter. Through persistence and innovation, Hill ushered this artistic tradition into contemporary mainstream American culture through his work at the Kutztown Folk Festival in the 1950s and 60s. Today, Hill’s work can still be seen in Berks County, and continues to inspire present-day artists who carry on this living tradition.
Based upon the book Painter of the Stars: The Life and Work of Milton J. Hill (1887-1972) by Lee S. Heffner & Patrick J. Donmoyer.
Presentation featured at Heemet Fescht, September 26, 2020