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I'm a figurative visual artist working both in acrylics traditionally and with digital art and design software to envisage my expressions. Being a visual artist challenges my head, heart, and hand to project both my conscious and unconscious reflecti...Read More

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I'm a figurative visual artist working both in acrylics traditionally and with digital art and design software to envisage my expressions. Being a visual artist challenges my head, heart, and hand to project both my conscious and unconscious reflections as narratives within a believable illusory space. At the age of 50, I let experience, vision, awareness, humor, and intuition guide me when developing imagery and subject matter, with dual goals of expressing myself and developing archetypes. Painting allows me the opportunity to reflect, share and connect my personal experiences, identity, and desire to create something new with others, even when there’s a global pandemic happening.

BIO

Steve (also Steven) Miller, is a visual artist working in both traditional and digital media. Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Miller completed his BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Royal Oak, Michigan has been his home for the past 17 years. His expressive landscape, genre, and portrait paintings are made using acrylics on canvas or wood panel. And, his digital artwork is developed using vector, bitmap, and motion graphics software along with a computer and drawing tablet.

Inspired by his surroundings and personal relationships, Miller makes art with two objectives in mind, self-expression and discovery. He shares his personality through his visual narratives that are often humorous, and his artistry through his inventive landscapes, developing his imagery with experimental explorations of color and form.

Art communities throughout Michigan and beyond recognize his artwork. In Birmingham, he won the Corinne Maillard Robinson Award at the BBAC’s 38th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, a 5 state juried competition. The City of Royal Oak selected one of his landscapes for their 2019-2020 Art Explored program, a multi-yearlong public art exhibition. In Pontiac, he won 1st place in the 2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition, awarded by Barbara Heller of The Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA also exhibited his “Offrenda to Robin Williams” in a 2014 Dia de Los Muertos exhibition. Beyond Michigan, Miller’s artwork has been written about and showcased in publications and galleries in Oklahoma and Texas, where he used to live, and in Colorado, Mississippi, and Virginia. Rolling Rock beer licensed his artwork for a national campaign, printing his painting on 12 million 12-packs and reproducing it as a poster giveaway.

Steve’s artwork has helped support numerous fundraising events and local charities. He’s helped local businesses, a preschool, and a children’s hospital brighten their walls and entryways with his art. Steve cares about his community and uses his creative powers for good. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he is focused on responding artistically and musically to the feelings we are all sharing during this crazy time. You can find his visual responses on his website LookAtMyPaintings.com or through his social media accounts, Instagram @stevemillerart or facebook.com/stevemillerart. You can find his musical response by listening to Covid Bros., his band, wherever you stream or download your music, or visit CovidBros.band. His latest album releases digitally everywhere Dec. 3, 2020.

EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS/COMMISSIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 Slippery Slope, 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI
2008 It Takes A Village, Motor City Brewery, Detroit, MI
2006 Streams of Consciousness, Synergy Gallery, Berkley, MI
2006 Wanderlust, Studio 1219, Port Huron, MI. Invitation by David Stoneburg, Director
2005 Trophy Husband, Plymouth Community Arts Council, Plymouth, MI
2003 Building Perspectives, The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
2003 Airplanes to Zebras, Ave Maria Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
1995 Time Resistant, Space Inclusive, Lovelight Gallery, Norman, OK
1995 Senior Thesis, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 39th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Kevin Grogan
2020 Lockdown 2020, online art exhibit, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
2020 Juried Adult Online Art Exhibit, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI, Juried by Executive Director, Phil Gilchrist, and Exhibition Manager, Stephanie Hazzard
2020 All Media Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, Juried by Dr. Hubert Massey
2019 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, Juried by Mario Moore
2019 Pagan Landscapes, Pagan Pathways Temple, Madison Heights, MI, Invitation by Mark Barrera
2019 Arts Explored Public Art Installation, City of Royal Oak, Royal Oak, MI, Selected by the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts.
2019 38th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Jerald Melberg
2019 Warmth, Embrace Creatives, LLC, online exhibition, Juried by Andrea Bogart and the Selection Committee
2019 My Favorites, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, 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 79th Annual Members Show, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by The Exhibition Committee
2016 Our Rivers, Our Lakes Exhibition, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by Christine Hagedorn
2015 Smallish, The Gallery at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, Invitation by Tim Gralewski
2014 Ofrenda Altar Exhibition, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI, Juried by Carrie Morris and the DIA selection committee
2014 The Halloween Art Show, Blick Art Materials, Royal Oak, MI, Invitation by Geoff Harris
2008 Monkey Day, The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI Invitation by Karen Thomas, owner
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 27th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Brian Rutenberg
2008 Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
2007 Summer Solstice, The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI, Invitation by Karen Thomas, owner
2006 25th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Jerry Berger
2006 Dog Days of Summer, The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI, Invitation by Karen Thomas, owner
2006 Orchard Lake Framing Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
2005 Our Town 20th Anniversary, The Community House and DaimlerChrysler, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Gregory Winkopp
2005 24th 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
2004 P.F. Galleries, Clawson, MI
2004 Actual Size Biennial, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI, Curated by Phaedra Robinson
2004 Michigan Artists Show, Avenue Gallery, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Ashley Bennett-Stoddard and Pamela Findleton
2003 MichiganNow, The Michigan Institute for the Arts, Detroit, MI, Curated by Jef Bourgeau
2003 Path of Perception, Ave Maria Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2002 George E. Ohr, National Arts Challenge, The Ohr - O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS, Juried by Paul Soldner
2002 Small Works, Top Priority, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY, Juried by Roy F. Siegel
2002 Lines Into Shapes, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO, Juried by Joseph Bohler, Carol Dickinson, and Bill Tipton
2002 Water Music, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA, Juried by Preston Thayer, PhD
2002 Visions International, Art Center Waco, Waco, TX, Juried by Peter Frank
2002 Ground Zero, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, Curated by Daniel Scheffer, Frank Shifreen, and Julius Vitali
2002 Grand Prairie Arts Council, Grand Prairie, TX, Juried by Anne Allen
1999 Quorum Gallery, Addison, TX
1994 Ffetish Gallery, Norman, OK
1994 Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
1993 Lovelight Gallery, Norman, OK
1993 Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
1992 Oklahoma Art Guild, Oklahoma City, OK
1991 City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
1991 New World Art Gallery, Norman, OK

COMMISSIONS

2005 SELDOM BLUES, Detroit, MI
2004 RINGSIDE CREATIVE, Oak Park, MI
2000 Pyro Advertising, Chuck Taylor Campaign, Converse Shoes, Dallas, TX
1999 Rolling Rock Beer, Labatt Brewing Co., Contracted by The Marketing Continuum Agency, Dallas, TX

EDUCATION

1995 BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma

AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS

2019 Corinne Maillard Robinson Award, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, BBAC, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Juried by Jerald Melberg
2019 Best of Show, fine 2D art WARMTH, Embrace Creatives, LLC online exhibition, Juried by Andrea Bogart and the Exhibitions Committee
2018 1st PLACE, Canvas Pontiac Art Contest, Pontiac, MI. Juried by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2002-Present Freelance Graphic Designer
2000-2002 Upshot Marketing Advertising Agency, Sr. Art Director, Chicago, IL
1999-2000 The Marketing Continuum Advertising Agency, Art Director, Dallas, TX
1998-1999 Tracey Locke Advertising Agency, Art Director, Dallas, TX
1997-1998 CompUSA, Graphic Designer, Addison, TX
1994-1996 Massive Graphics, Graphic Designer, Norman, OK

ARTIST'S TAGS

imaginary landscape, expressive landscapes, figurative painting, colorful, expressive, inventive, experimental, acrylic, portrait, painterly