Miner Kilbourne Kellogg (1814–1889)
Miner Kilbourne Kellogg led a life as unique as his name might imply. The artist was born in Manlius Square, New York in 1814, but would eventually claim a number of American and European cities as his home. Along with his family Kellogg moved to Cincinnati in 1817; eight years later the Kelloggs would join the experimental utopian society in New Harmony, Indiana. Kellogg discovered his talent for art during his time here and returned to Cincinnati to further his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts with Frederick Eckstein. The artist was a proficient portraitist and traveled throughout the country to win commissions; his most famous sitters were Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. In addition to portraiture, Kellogg also painted landscapes and Oriental scenes, traveling in Italy and the Near East for inspiration. Kellogg was made an honorary member of the National Academy of Design in 1857. His works form part of the collections at the Maryland Historical Society and the Cincinnati Art Museum.