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Bio

 

Steve Miller is a painter who likes to visualize his emotions and capture life’s moments in his art, while using his creative powers for good. Art communities throughout S.E. Michigan and beyond recognize his work. Recently, his painting, “Trail Dreams” won 1st place in the 2018 Canvas Pontiac art competition. He is a three-time BBAC's MFAC participant, and his “Ofrenda to Robin Williams” collaboration was showcased at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Also, he has donated multiple paintings to various fundraisers to support organizations that help others with financial and/or health concerns.

Resumé

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Grosse Pointe Artists Association, My Favorites, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI Juried by the Exhibition Committee

2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition, Pontiac, MI. Juried by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects

2017 Grosse Pointe Artists Association, 79th Annual Members Show, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by The Exhibition Committee

2016 Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Our Rivers, Our Lakes Exhibition, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by Christine Hagedorn

2014 OFRENDA ALTAR EXHIBITION, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI Juried by Carrie Morris and the DIA selection committee

2008 DOMESTIC BLISS, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI Invitation by Mary Fortuna

2008 PROCESS, Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI Invitation by Alison Wong

2008 MICHIGAN FINE ARTS COMPETITION, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI Juried by Brian Rutenberg

2007 ARTWORKS FOR LIFE, Detroit, MI Invitation by Andrew Yee of Midwest Aids Prevention Project

2007 SUMMER SOLSTICE, The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI

2006 MICHIGAN FINE ARTS COMPETITION, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI Juried by Jerry Berger

2005 OUR TOWN 20th Anniversary, The Community House and DaimlerChrysler, Birmingham, MI Juried by Gregory Winkopp

2005 MICHIGAN FINE ARTS COMPETITION, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI Juried by Susan Wilczak

2005 MICHIGAN FINE ARTS COMPETITION, Avenue Gallery, Birmingham, MI Juried by Ashley Bennett-Stoddard and Pamela Findleton

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 SLIPPERY SLOPE, 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI

2008 IT TAKES A VILLAGE, Motor City Brewery, Detroit, MI

2007 Grace & Wild, Farmington Hills, MI. Invitation by Spencer Hall

2006 STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS, Synergy Gallery, Berkley, MI

2006 WANDERLUST, Studio 1219, Port Huron, MI. Invitation by David Stoneburg, Director

2006 GHOST GALLERY, State Farm Insurance Office formerly District Arts Gallery, Birmingham, MI. Invitation by Barbara Merten-Dubensky

2005 The Living Room Gallery and Lounge, Berkley, MI

2005 TROPHY HUSBAND, Plymouth Community Arts Council, Plymouth, MI

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

2018 Art on Wheels Celebration, Live Painting Demo, Alley Cat Café, Pontiac, MI. Invitation by Charlene Dwyer

2015 BLUE MOON Live Painting Demo, Art and Jakes Sports Bar, Shelby Twnshp, MI.  Invitation by Joe Lafata

2005 DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE AND GARDENS, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Invitation by Lisa Petrella of Petrella Designs Interiors

2005 ILLUMINATE DETROIT, Detroit, MI. Invitation by Liz Tintinalli of Detroit Urban Living LLC

2005 ARTWORKS FOR LIFE, Detroit, MI. Invitation by Andrew Yee of Midwest Aids Prevention Project

 

COMMUNITY TEACHING WORKSHOPS

2018 Plein Air Drawing Workshop, Girl Scout Troop 70261, Royal Oak, MI

2017 Digital Trends in Art, Presentation, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI

2013 Artist Volunteer, Boys & Girls Club, Royal Oak, MI

 

RECOGNITION

2018 1st PLACE, CANVAS PONTIAC ART CONTEST, Pontiac, MI. Juried by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019 Salann Magazine, first edition

2019 Grosse Pointe News, Artists Talk About Their Favorites by staff

2014 CriticCar Detroit, Highlights Ofrenda Altars Exhibit & Artist Talk

2014 CriticCar Detroit, Steve Miller & Alex Goecke @ Ofrenda Altars Exhibit & Artist Talk

2014 C&G Newspapers, The Royal Oak Review, Dads connect at Northwood, shine at Day of the Dead exhibition, by Victoria Mitchell, C&G staff writer

2014 ROYAL OAK PATCH, Two Royal Oak Dads Team Up to Design Ofrenda, By Beth Dalby, Patch staff writer

 

EDUCATION

1995 B.F.A. Painting And Printmaking, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

 

Statement

 

My name is Steve Miller. My acrylic paintings document my life as a husband, father, and artist.

Most important to me as an artist, is to tell a relatable story within a believable space. People relate to images they can recognize, and I use that as a tool to communicate deeper feelings about the subject.

Watching my daughters grow up provides plenty of inspirational moments to paint about, and capturing those moments allows me the opportunity to reflect on the feelings of the time and honor the memory.

As a dad, I’m constantly picking up messes. As an artist, however, I see clutter as challenging compositions needing interpretation, recently painting the visual chaos that is my studio.

Sharing my observations through painting allows me the opportunity to be present, self-aware, and to challenge myself. Assigning meaning, however, is one of the most exciting parts of making or viewing art. And it always comes after the painting is finished.