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Stacey D. Miller

BIOGRAPHY


Born into a tight-knit family in 1981 and raised in the Oklahoma countryside, Stacey Dianne Miller knew at a young age that she had an inspired interest in all things artistic. At the age of fifteen, she obtained employment as an apprentice under Master Ceramicist Don Poole. The six year apprenticeship lent lasting influence on her work and her career.


In 2006 Stacey completed her Baccalaureate in Fine Art at East Central University, Ada, OK, a degree that was funded in part by the the Ada Arts Association Scholarship, the Gladys Kendall Art Scholarship and the Alphi Chi Art Award. Under the tutelage of professor and artist Kate Rivers she developed an intense devotion to printmaking and networked artistic relationships that would provide additional educational and career building opportunities. Through the development of those relationships Miller found opportunity to study under Indrani Gall, protégé of Keith Howard, learning various techniques of the ImagOn printmaking process and acquired an assistant position with the Los Milagros Printing Studio under the watchful eye of artist Lynn Barnett Sparks.


Perfecting her craft in artists community at Los Milagros Studio, Miller was able to expand her printing repertoire and shortly thereafter took a position as the Studio Manager and Printmaking Instructor at the [Press] at Untitled at [Artspace] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK, the largest open printing facility in the state. During her three and a half years of work there Stacey found herself immersed in a cadre of career artists including John Paul Philipe, Christine Sefolosha, Nick Bubash, Katherine Liontas Warren, Bert Seabourn, Michi Susan, Jenifer Lynch and Julia Ayres. A constant sponge through the years, Miller acquired expertise in all major printmaking processes with the exception of serography. She has also taught numerous workshops and private lessons in different printmaking techniques.


Though technically adept in a large array of media, Miller considers herself to be a mixed media artist with a primary focus in printmaking. Exhibiting vivid colors, Stacey's artistic compositions are self-indulgent in nature. The artist states, "As a child I developed an extravagant imagination, a defense mechanism, for combating the fears for which I had few available outlets. Over the years my ability to spin negatives into positives became habitual, most unwitting, and intensely biographical. A trickle of fear becomes a stream within my mind, a stream that tacks furiously and swiftly transforms into a widened river of anxiety. My artwork is not created to captivate, inspire or beget emotion. My art is my form of therapy."


In 2011, Stacey was presented the Oklahoma Artist of the Year Award by the Paseo Arts Association. She now focuses less on community arts programming and more on developing her artistic endeavors. Currently working out of her home printing studio, Miller still finds time to mentor and instruct. Miller has exhibited her artwork nationally in over eighty solo, group, invited, permanent, and juried exhibitions. Staceys work is collected by educational institutes, companies and private collectors throughout the United States and abroad.


 


General Artist Statement


A latch key kid in a tight-knit household, I was raised deep in the Oklahoma countryside where, at an early age, I learned how to keep myself entertained. As a child I developed an extravagant imagination, a defense mechanism for combating the fears for which I had few outlets. Over the years my ability to spin negatives into positives became habitual, most unwitting, and intensely biographical. A trickle of fear has always become a stream within my mind, a stream that tacks furiously and swiftly transforms into a widened river of anxiety. My artwork is not created to captivate, inspire or beget emotion.  My art is my form of therapy.


While the conception of my series work is subconsciously driven, completing individual works is more about the process and less about the product. When conceiving a new series I work by building compositions directly on the substrate with little preconception of the finished designs. My creative method allows the subconscious narrative to develop, a story that transcends the images themselves. Seldom is this tome understood prior to my completing several volumes. Once I understand this autobiography, the series becomes more process oriented and I look to challenge myself in the technical production of new pieces while seeking altered perspectives of the repetitive metaphors represented.


Having apprenticed, studied, and worked with a diverse assemblage of artists I have gained proficiency over a large array of media and technical methods. Such a background has motivated me to develop innovative methods of controlling specific media such as oil based printing inks. Though my techniques have been influenced by many, my inspiration is always self-indulgent and thus the importance of my work is self-derived. My art must speak by visual means alone to allow the observers to interpret the work according to their own experiences.


2013


“Made in Oklahoma Art Exhibit is on display.” The Daily Ardmoreite 18 October 2013 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20131018/NEWS/131019686/0/.


Kovash, Stephen. “ Alumni Exhibition at East Central University’s Pogue Art Gallery.” Art Focus Vol. 28 No. 4 July/August 2013: pgs 12-13.


http://issuu.com/ovac/docs/artfocus-julaug13


Hamby, Karon. “Calendar for Monday, June 3, 2013.” Amarillo Globe-News 2 June 2013


http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-06-02/calendar-monday-june-3-2013. 


“AmoA Biennial 600: Printmaking Opening Reception.” Amarillo Magazine 22 May 2013


http://www.amarillomagonline.com/outandabout/event/293.


McDonnell, Brandy. “What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 20, 2013: See the group exhibit "Alphabet Soup" at Paseo Originals Art Gallery.” NewsOK 20 February 2013 http://newsok.com/article/3832620.


2012


Brandenburg, John. “City artist’s paintings soar at show.” The Oklahoman 18 November 2012: pg 11D.


“Paseo Originals Art Gallery.” Design Oklahoma Fall 2012: pg 13.


2011


Page, David. “Artist of the Year.” The Journal Record Vol. 116, No. 219 8 November 2011: pg 12A.


Oswald, Kory B. “Tecumseh graduate named Artist of the Year.” Shawnee News Star 4 November 2011: pg 7A.


Shelden, Darla. “Oklahoma native John-Paul Philippe’ returns for exhibition at [Artspace] at Untitled.” The City Sentinel 6 October 2011


http://city-sentinel.com/2011/10/oklahoma-native-john-paul-philippe-returns-for-exhibition-at-artspace-at-untitled/.


 “Socially Seen.” Distinctly Oklahoma August 2011:  Pgs. 20-21.


“Art this.”  Oklahoma Gazette  1 June 2011 http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-11830-art-this.html.


Kubier, Lauren. “Grant Profile: Stacey D. Miller.” Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Blog. 21 February 2011


 http://ovac.blogspot.com/2011/02/grant-profile-stacey-d-miller.html.


“Reception at Artspace at Untitled.”  The Oklahoman 30 January 2011: pg 3D.


2010


Atkinson, Luke. “In Your Eye Studio & Gallery hosts exhibition of 11 area artists’ work.”  Oklahoma Gazette 1 April 2010


 http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-10026-in-your-eye-studio-gallery-hosts-exhibition-of-11-area-artists-work.html. 


McDonnell, Brandy. ““Function and Design” at Artspace at Untitled.” NewsOK 16 March 2010


http://newsok.com/video-function-design-at-artspace-at-untitled/article/3824659.


2008


Wilkerson, April.  “Artist Unleashed! Local painter gives new meaning to pet project.” Shawnee News Star 21 December 2008:  Arts & Lifestyle pg1.


Trotter, Gloria. “Artists Saddle Up With A Wide Variety Of Horse Designs.” Tecumseh County Wide News 22 March 2008.


Gire, Amanda. “Local artists unveil new horse designs. Round two…” Shawnee News Star 16 March 2008.


Brandenburg, John. “Words, poses express show’s emotional vibe.” NewsOK. 15 February 2008


http://newsok.com/words-poses-express-shows-emotional-vibe/article/3204589/?page=1.


“Local artist’s ‘Metaphorical Illusions’ featured in exhibit.” Shawnee News Star 8 February 2008: pg 1C.


“Print artist goes ‘Metaphorical’ at Los Milagros.”  Oklahoma Gazette 7 February 2008 http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-9887-print-artist-goes-metaphorical-at-los-milagros.html.


“Miller Show Opens Feb.9” Tecumseh County Wide News 31 January 2008: pg. 24.


“Art Doesn’t Stand Still in Oklahoma City, Shawnee artist featured in energetic art event.” Shawnee News Star 4 January 2008: pg. 1B.


2007


“Local artist to have solo exhibition at LiT Lounge.” Shawnee News Star 9 November 2007: pg 3C.


“Art Opening in the Underground.” OKCTalk.com 17 October 2007 http://www.okctalk.com/general-civic-issues/11342-art-opening-undergroud.html.


“Oklahoma artists create pieces for Design on the Vine at Chandler vineyard.” Shawnee News Star 20 April 2007: pg 1C.


2006


Scott, Laci Jade. “Ada Arts and Heritage Center Hosts Art Exhibition.” The Journal Vol.56 No. 12 7 December 2006: pg 3.


“Local artist presents senior exhibit Dec. 8-15.” Shawnee News Star 1 December 2006: pg 1C.


“Immersion in Emotion exhibit ends Saturday.” Shawnee News Star 10 November 2006: pg. 2A.


“Immersion in Emotion, art show opens at Greenfield Vineyards.” Shawnee News Star 13 October 2006: pg.8A.


“Greenfield Vineyard.” The Lincoln County News 5 October 2006: Around the County pg 6.


East Central University. Originals. Pages 65 and 66. Oklahoma City, OK: Mercury Press, 2006.


2005


Wilkerson, April.  “Local artist immerses herself in many mediums.” Shawnee News Star 9 December 2005: pgs. 1A and 7A.


“Local Artist Featured.” Shawnee News Star 25 November 2005: pg. 2A.


Shanaj, Elton. “Students Attend Honors Conference.” The Journal Vol. 55, No. 8 3 November 2005: pg 1. 


2003


East Central University. Originals. Front cover and pg 34. Norman, OK: Transcript Press, 2003.