UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2015: Allison Miller

Allison Miller's Fogsmokesteam, 2014

Allison Miller, Fogsmokesteam, 2014, Acrylic, Flashe, modeling paste, archival marker and pencil on canvas


In many ways the campus bustle seen during UNLV’s opening weeks reflects Allison Miller’s current process of work. The Los Angeles-based painter stated in a 2012 interview that she begins a painting with a burst of energy.

“When I start a painting there are no parameters, except perhaps the dimensions of the canvas itself, and I have nothing to lose. It feels like the energy at the beginning of a painting is looser and more frenetic and it gets calmer and slower as the painting gets built, until I think I’ve finished it, but I’m usually wrong,” Miller said.

Miller is known to work with traditional materials of oil, acrylic, and pencil, and have dirt be part of her palette, and create colors that tinge her paintings with hints of earth and sky, or rebel against nature with the manufactured color of institutional infrastructure. All while using strong shapes to harness the brush strokes that are her conversation with elements to which she responds.

As the UNLV Department of Art and the Barrick Museum’s first guest speaker for the 2015 UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Miller will be speaking on her methods and other experiences on Thursday, September 3, at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Allison Miller lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from RISD and her MFA from UCLA. Miller is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York and has had multiple solo exhibitions at ACME, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include the Pizzuti Collection’s exhibition Now-ism: Abstraction Today, the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2012, Painting in Place, curated by Shamim M. Momin, as well as exhibitions at GAVLAK, Los Angeles, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria, Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York, and Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, among others. Her work has been featured in frieze, Artforum, Flash Art, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic and the Los Angeles Times, and was included in Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting, by Bob Nickas. Miller was most recently awarded the 2014 SFAI Diebenkorn Fellowship.

ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES: The UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series features a diverse array of some of the most compelling artists and thinkers working in the art world today. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students. This program has established itself as an invaluable resource for UNLV students and the public alike. The primary mission of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through visual presentations and discourse.

This post was written by Ed Fuentes. He is a UNLV MFA Fine Art candidate and produces Paint This Desert, a regional arts blog.


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