Hi. I'm Steve Miller. Not that Steve Miller. I'm a visual artist originally from Norman, Oklahoma. I've made my home for the past 17 years, Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
LookAtMyPaintings.com is my online fine art portfolio and information site. I'm an independent artist, not currently represented. So, if you find something you love and want to inquire about it, feel free to contact me directly below, or fill out the form located under each portfolio image. If you'd like to see my artwork in person or read what others are saying about me, then check out my news, or follow my Instagram and/or Facebook pages.
Once upon a time, I was a Sr. Art Director in Advertising at agencies in Dallas and Chicago. I left the industry in 2002 to pursue my art full-time and in 2006, raise my girls as a stay-at-home dad. Since moving to Michigan, I've enjoyed working as a freelance graphic designer where I design logos and print materials for local businesses, friends, and family. My design portfolio is LookAtMyDesigns.com.
Thanks for Looking -enjoy
Painting, for me, is about creating expressive visual narratives that take me and the viewer someplace familiar yet new. I try to view overlooked spaces with fresh eyes observing it’s light and space. Then, in the studio, I project my thoughts and imagination intuitively into the developing image. I like to see what my head, heart, and hand can produce while reflecting on moments that cause me to pause and think.
Steve Miller was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and he received his BFA in painting and printmaking from The University of Oklahoma in 1995.
Miller lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, where he and his wife are raising their two daughters. He works out of his studio behind his home and is often inspired by his surroundings.
Art communities throughout S.E. Michigan and beyond recognize his artwork. The City of Royal Oak selected one of his landscapes for their 2019-2020 Art Explored program, a yearlong public art exhibition being displayed throughout the downtown area. In Birmingham, he won the Corinne Maillard Robinson Award at the BBAC’s 38th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, a 5 state juried competition. He won Best-of-Show in the 2019 Embrace Creatives' online exhibition "Warmth". In Pontiac, he won 1st place in the 2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition. The Detroit Institute of Arts showcased his “Offrenda to Robin Williams”, which was a collaboration with artist Alex Goecke, in a 2014 Dia de Los Muertos exhibition.
Steve's art has been recognized outside of art communities as well. Rolling Rock beer once licensed his art for a national promotion where his painting was printed on 12 million 12-packs and offered as a promotional poster giveaway. His artwork has helped support numerous fundraising events. Local businesses in Michigan and Texas have displayed his paintings in order to brighten their walls during open house and grand opening celebrations. Blue Moon beer once hired him to paint live at a bar.
Steve cares about his community and likes to use his creative powers for good. He has donated multiple paintings to various fundraisers to support organizations that help others with financial and/or health concerns. And, he's brightened up a dark entryway with a fun mural at a preschool. He helps when and where he can, taking on projects that could benefit from his creative talents.
1995 B.F.A. Painting And Printmaking, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
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 Path of Perception, Ave Maria Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
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 Findleto
2005 P.F. Galleries, Clawson, MI
2004 Actual Size Biennial, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI, Curated by Phaedra Robinson
2003 MichiganNow, The Michigan Institute for the Arts, Detroit, MI, Curated by Jef Bourgeau
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 Exhibitions on Location: Expresso Royale Caffe, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
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.
2019 Scarab Club Arts Annual, Detroit 2020 v9
2019 C&G Newspapers, The Royal Oak Review, New batch of artwork on display in downtown Royal Oak, by Sarah Wojcik, C&G staff writer
2019 Royal Oak Patch, 7 New Public Art Installations You Can Find In Royal Oak, by Jessica Strachan, Patch staff writer
2019 C&G Newspapers, The Royal Oak Review, Royal Oak artist receives award for ‘Stasis Hiatus’, by Sarah Wojcik, C&G staff writer
2019 Salann Magazine, first edition
2019 Grosse Pointe News, Artists Talk About Their Favorites, Grosse Pointe News staff writer
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
2006 Best Of Michigan Artists & Artisans, Kennedy Promotions, LLC, Juried Book Competition
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
2018 Art on Wheels Celebration, Live Painting Demo, Alley Cat Café, Pontiac, MI, Invitation by Charlene Dwyer
2016 Shirley Holmes, School Play, mural painting for set design, Northwood Elementary School, Royal Oak, MI, volunteer position
2015 Blue Moon, Live Painting Event, Art And Jakes Sports Bar, Shelby Township, MI, Invitation by Joe Lafata of Miller/Coors, Inc.
2007 Artworks for Life, Midwest Aids Prevention Project, Detroit, MI, Invitation by Andrew Yee
2007 Grace & Wild, Farmington Hills, MI. Invitation by Spencer Hall
2006 Ghost Gallery, State Farm Insurance, formerly District Arts Gallery, Birmingham, MI. Invitation by Barbara Merten-Dubensky
2005 Designer Show House And Gardens, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Invitation by Lisa Petrella of Petrella Designs Interiors
2005 The Living Room Gallery and Lounge, Berkley, MI
2005 Illuminate Detroit, Loft Real Estate Promotional Event, 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
2004 Grand Opening, General Television Network, Oak Park, MI, Invitation By Doug Cheek, owner
2004 Pfizer Global Research, Ann Arbor, MI
2000 Easyway Editorial, Dallas, TX
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