Lee Anne Miller


Lee Anne Miller's paintings explore the forms, light and color of the natural environment, as interpreted through observation, imagination and memory. She is interested in translating both the poetry and power of nature. Through the language of paint a metamorphosis occurs, sometimes combining the simulation of the real with the ambiguity of the abstract.

Miller's paintings and prints have won numerous awards and been exhibited in varied venues, including: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Riverside Art Museum, Kimball Art Center, Mississippi Museum of Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, American Embassy, London, East-West Center, Hawaii, Silvermine Guild Art Center. Her "Refuge Series" of watercolors and oils were shown at "Gallery Solos 2005" at the Westport Arts Center, CT. An extensive solo exhibition, "Nature Transformed," at The Museum of Art at Brigham Young University, featured work produced by Miller over a decade. Collections include the Neuberger Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, Salt Lake City Art Center, Springville Museum of Art, and the Harrison Museum of Art.

Miller received a BA from Utah State University, an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and also explored printmaking at the Pratt Graphics Art Center in New York City. As a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in painting, she was affiliated with the Slade School of Art in London. Through other research grants, Miller produced an intaglio print project in Paris, a suite of lithographic prints at Tamarind Institute in New Mexico, and explored watercolor methods utilizing handmade papers with a master papermaker in New York. Miller's work is included in "100 New York Painters," Schiffer Publishing, 2006. Listings include the Benezit International Dictionary of Artists. She received Utah State University's Outstanding Alumna Award for their Centennial year and a Michigan Senate Resolution of Tribute.

Miller served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art, East Texas State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1981 she became Dean of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where she is currently Professor of Art.


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