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Joseph Miller
Buffalo, New York

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I focus primarily on the human figure depicted in environments that create a context for psychologically charged, open ended narratives. Many of these narratives explore ideas about power and vulnerability.

Quality of light is a common theme. In particular, the way in which atmospheric light and locale can suggest a sense of mystery and silence. These works are dark, humid and hopefully, at their best, memorable. For me, the most successful are those that evoke the feeling that an event is about to happen or has recently happened.

Images of figures or figures in landscapes, in groups or in isolation, share a common feeling of significance.  Wholly absorbed within themselves or the dialogue shared between one another, they wait for the unfolding of their private story.





born: 4-18-68, Easton, Pennsylvania


Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, BFA, 1990
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, MFA, 1993

selected awards/honors

Best in Show Award,  Academy National Juried Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2013
First Place Award, Inda 5 International Exhibition, Manifest Creative Research Center Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010
Purchase Award, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century International Exhibition, Clatsop Community College Art Center, Astoria, Oregon, 2009

selected publications

University Gallery delivers impressive work in The Figure Now, by Sarah Weinman, St. Louis Jewish Light, Opinion section, February 24, 2013
8th International Drawing Annual, Catalog, Manifest Creative Research Center Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013
On View/Top Spin/10: A slow simmered platter of art, by Bruce Adams, Buffalo Spree Magazine, October 2012 issue, p. 35,
Catalog, Figurama 10, International Traveling Exhibition, Gallery of Emil Filla, Usti nad  Labem, Czech Republic, Middle Slovak Gallery, Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic, p.163-180 , 2010

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Castellani Art Museum at the Falls, Niagara Falls, New York, 2007
Sheetz Gallery, Community Art Center, Penn State Altoona, Altoona, Pennsylvania, 2005
Fanette Goldman / Carolyn Greenfield Gallery, Daemen College, Amherst, New York, 2003
Madelon Powers Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, 2001

selected group shows

From Roots to Leaves National Exhibition, Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Hot Springs,  Arkansas, 2014   
Works in Bridging the Great Divide: Landscape from Tradition to New Media, Burchfield- Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York, 2014
Academy National Juried Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2014
National Art Premier, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois, 2013

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