Happy American Artist Appreciation Month!

August is the month when we celebrate American Artists, and today’s feature is Irene Miller Stein.


Irene Stein worked as professional artist well into her 90s, seen here at age 94 looking through one of her glass pieces. She worked in many different media and styles, from art-deco in the 1920s and 1930s to modern, abstract sculptures and computer generated art in the 1970s and 1980s.


Irene Miller (Mrs. Azriel) Stein was born in Denver, Colorado in 1894 to Anna and Robert Lazar Miller, both pioneers of Denver’s Jewish community.


She attended the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1921 she married Azriel Stein, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1896 and moved to Denver with his family at the age of 14. Azriel ”Azie” Stein, and his brother-in-law Joe Peterman (Sophie Miller’s husband), founded, owned, and operated Pencol Drug Store on the corner of Pennsylvania Street and Colfax Avenue in Denver. Irene and Azriel’s son Stanley was born in 1928. Azriel Stein died in 1976.


Stein worked in many different mediums over her career including printmaking, glass and metal sculpture. Here she is welding at age 84.

Check out more about Irene Miller Stein in the DU Archives and the Rocky Mountain Jewish History on the Facebook page.

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