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About

 

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.

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.

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.

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

 

Narrative painting is how I respond to personal relationships, feelings, and observations. I paint what I see, think, and feel about my domestic, suburban, and rural surroundings. I like to challenge my head, heart, and hand.

My paintings capture nostalgic and thoughtful moments. They explore fears and insecurities. They call attention to often overlooked landscapes. They visualize feelings that are often hard to communicate verbally. And, like me, sometimes they’re funny.

Working intuitively yet deliberately, my process combines techniques of painting from life and from imagination. Some of my paintings are done on location, but most of them are done in the studio. I’ve been using acrylics since the early nineties, and prefer the medium for its simplicity. Any perceived transparency in my work is developed by color mixing and layering rather than by adding special gel mediums to the paint. A fine mist spray bottle keeps my palette wet and canvas fluid as needed.

Even though acrylic dries quickly, painting takes a lot of time. And there’s never enough of it. I spend most of that time in my own thoughts. I just want something to show for it. Painting helps me reflect and experience my life more fully. And, it allows me the opportunity to share and connect my personal experiences as an artist, father, husband, musician, mountain bike rider, jogger, handyman, etc. with others. 

- Steve Miller

Steve Miller's Artist Statement represented as a Vinn Diagram.
Steve Miller's Artist Statement represented as a Vinn Diagram.
Photo of visual artist Steve Miller from 2012

Bio

 

Steve Miller is an American narrative painter with a focus on capturing moments difficult to communicate with words, and inspired by personal relationships, suburban surroundings, and existential questions.

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Miller completed his BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Steve and his wife, Tiffany, have made Royal Oak, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) their home for the past 17 years, where they are raising their two daughters.

Locally, art communities throughout S.E. Michigan 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. In Pontiac, he won 1st place in the 2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition. The Detroit Institute of Arts exhibited his “Offrenda to Robin Williams”, which was a collaboration with artist Alex Goecke, in a 2014 Dia de Los Muertos exhibition. Nationally, Rolling Rock beer once licensed his art where his painting was printed on 12 million 12-packs and offered as a promotional poster giveaway.

Steve’s artwork has helped support numerous fundraising events and local charities. He’s helped regional businesses decorate their walls for their open house and grand opening celebrations. He’s brightened the entryway to a preschool and a children’s hospital by painting murals on their walls. Steve cares about his community and uses his creative powers for good. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he is focused on responding artistically to the feelings we are all sharing during this self-quarantine time period. You can find his visual response on his site LookAtMyPaintings.com or through his Instagram account @stevemillerart or facebook.com/stevemillerart.

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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 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 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

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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