Me

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Hi. I’m Steve Miller, a visual artist originally from Norman, Oklahoma. I’ve made my home for the past 17 years, Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

Thanks for visiting LookAtMyPaintings.com. This is my fine art portfolio and information site. I’m an independent artist welcoming interested collaborators, collectors, curators, and galleries.

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. My design portfolio is LookAtMyDesigns.com.

Also, once upon a time, I was a drummer in a few bands in the late eighties to mid-nineties in Norman, Oklahoma. Good times playing with good friends. Fast forward to today, and I still play the drums, but I also write and record and collaborating with good friends to make good music. To explore that music go to STVMLR.com.

And one more thing. During the lockdown orders of the Covid pandemic, I started writing and recording songs with my friend under the band name Covid Bros. We released our first digital album called Essential Works this past June. We have our second set to release everywhere on Dec. 3rd. To read about those projects and to listen to the albums go to CovidBros.band our official website or search us up anywhere you download or stream music.

Thanks for Looking and Listening -enjoy

Privacy Settings, 12.25” x 12.25”, acrylic on canvas, © Steve Miller 2020, 4/24/20 - 5/1/20

Statement

I am an expressive and figurative visual artist working with a variety of media. Acrylic painting as well as digital art and graphics are the contemporary tools I use to envisage my perceptions.

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.

– Steve Miller

Photo of visual artist Steve Miller from 2012

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.

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RESUME – SELECT

STEVE MILLER

LookAtMyPaintings.com
instagram.com/stevemillerart/

EDUCATION

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 Slippery Slope, 555 Gallery, 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

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 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 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

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

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

AWARDS

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

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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 Tribune, Royal Oak Displaying More Artwork for 2019-2020, by Mark H. Stowers for MediaNews Group

2019 Royal Oak Patch, 7 New Public Art Installations You Can Find In Royal Oak, by Jessica Strachan, Patch staff writer

2019 The Oakland Press, Local artists named winner of Great Lakes regional competition, by Mike Scott

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

2005 Hometown Life, Man of the House, by Nicole Stafford, staff writer

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

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

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 at Cranbrook, 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

Photo of the Hiatus - Steve Miller's art, design, and music studio.

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