Milton N. Kemnitz, 1911-2005

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Milton N. Kemnitz was an artist and an early civil rights and union activist. He was born in Detroit on March 31, 1911, and his interest in automobiles began at an early age. His mother’s cousin was William Metzger, one of the founding fathers of the automobile industry, and his uncle was William F.V. Neumann, who designed engines and took part in early auto racing. Together, these two helped found the American Automobile Association.

Kemnitz graduated from the University of Michigan in 1933 and took a job as a social worker. He participated in the sit-down strike at the General Motors facility in Flint, and he shared a house with Walter and Victor Reuther and Norman Thomas when they founded the United Auto Workers.

Kemnitz became the secretary of the Conference for the Protection of Civil Rights and remained so when it grew into the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties in 1941, when he moved to Washington, D.C. Eligible for the draft, he signed up as a merchant seaman in the Merchant Marine and went to the war zone on Liberty ships. The National Maritime Union had a program to teach seamen to paint, and Kemnitz took advantage, taking classes in New York City when his ship was in port. His earliest works were done at sea of other ships in the convoys.

After the war he settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he set about his life’s work of depicting through his art all that he saw around him: houses, birds, people, cars, and landscapes, both urban and rural. His art is well-known to students and teachers using the MCT language arts curriculum, where his illustrations provide both theme and enhancement of the text to delight readers young and old.

Milton N. Kemnitz was an artist and an early civil rights and union activist. He was born in Detroit on March 31, 1911, and his interest in automobiles began at an early age. His mother’s cousin was William Metzger, one of the founding fathers of the automobile industry, and his uncle was William F.V. Neumann, who designed engines and took part in early auto racing. Together, these two helped found the American Automobile Association.

Kemnitz graduated from the University of Michigan in 1933 and took a job as a social worker. He participated in the sit-down strike at the General Motors facility in Flint, and he shared a house with Walter and Victor Reuther and Norman Thomas when they founded the United Auto Workers.

Kemnitz became the secretary of the Conference for the Protection of Civil Rights and remained so when it grew into the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties in 1941, when he moved to Washington, D.C. Eligible for the draft, he signed up as a merchant seaman in the Merchant Marine and went to the war zone on Liberty ships. The National Maritime Union had a program to teach seamen to paint, and Kemnitz took advantage, taking classes in New York City when his ship was in port. His earliest works were done at sea of other ships in the convoys.

After the war he settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he set about his life’s work of depicting through his art all that he saw around him: houses, birds, people, cars, and landscapes, both urban and rural. His art is well-known to students and teachers using the MCT language arts curriculum, where his illustrations provide both theme and enhancement of the text to delight readers young and old.

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Cars that Caught My Eye

Author: Kemnitz, Milton N.

Subjects: Art; Automobiles; Kemnitz, Milton N.

Order code: 5469

Price: $19.99
Website price: $12.99

Cars that Caught My Eye Cover

This book is a tribute to Milton Kemnitz's lifelong love of automobiles. There are 94 here, from a 1905 Cadillac Surrey Type Tourer to a 1990 Mercedes Benz, all lovingly detailed and each a full page size.

“Everyone we knew was excited about cars,” wrote Kemnitz in his introduction. He never lost the sense of excitement about cars that was so much a part of his boyhood.

Sample pages: Detroit Edison, Frazer, Stutz Bearcat

This book is a tribute to Milton Kemnitz's lifelong love of automobiles. There are 94 here, from a 1905 Cadillac Surrey Type Tourer to a 1990 Mercedes Benz, all lovingly detailed and each a full page size.

“Everyone we knew was excited about cars,” wrote Kemnitz in his introduction. He never lost the sense of excitement about cars that was so much a part of his boyhood.

Sample pages: Detroit Edison, Frazer, Stutz Bearcat

Cars that Caught My Eye Cover

London and Back

Author: Kemnitz, Milton N.

Subjects: Art; England; Kemnitz, Milton N.

Order code: MNK02

Price: $19.99

London and Back Cover

Beginning in 1966, Milton Kemnitz and his wife Eddie made a series of trips to Europe. Inspired by the buildings and street scenes, Milt drew wherever he went. This book consists of more than 100 beautifully detailed line drawings of English buildings in London, Brighton, York, Lincoln, Oxford, Winchester, Ireland, Scotland, and elsewhere that caught his eye. A collector's item.

Hardback, 120 pages

Sample pages: Westminster AbbeyWheatsheaf Pub, Cutty Stark, Brighton West Pier

Beginning in 1966, Milton Kemnitz and his wife Eddie made a series of trips to Europe. Inspired by the buildings and street scenes, Milt drew wherever he went. This book consists of more than 100 beautifully detailed line drawings of English buildings in London, Brighton, York, Lincoln, Oxford, Winchester, Ireland, Scotland, and elsewhere that caught his eye. A collector's item.

Hardback, 120 pages

Sample pages: Westminster AbbeyWheatsheaf PubCutty StarkBrighton West Pier

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Milton N. Kemnitz, 1911-2005: A Memoir

Author: Kemnitz, Dr. Thomas Milton

Subjects: Art; Civil Liberties; Kemnitz, Milton N.

Order code: MNK01

Price: $5.00

Milton N. Kemnitz, 1911-2005: A Memoir Cover

This memoir and appreciation of the Ann Arbor artist by his son is fully illustrated with photographs of Milton Kemnitz's life and art. It details his involvement with the Civil Liberties movement and his time as a Merchant Marine in World War II when he learned to draw and paint.

The book is a tribute to a talented and prolific artist and a remarkable, gentle man whose life was a mission to care for the oppresssed, to notice and care for our environment, and to appreciate the world around us, whether man-made or natural.

This memoir and appreciation of the Ann Arbor artist by his son is fully illustrated with photographs of Milton Kemnitz's life and art. It details his involvement with the Civil Liberties movement and his time as a Merchant Marine in World War II when he learned to draw and paint.

The book is a tribute to a talented and prolific artist and a remarkable, gentle man whose life was a mission to care for the oppresssed, to notice and care for our environment, and to appreciate the world around us, whether man-made or natural.

Milton N. Kemnitz, 1911-2005: A Memoir Cover

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