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Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit Work of Michael Miller Jan. 12-Feb. 10

Gallery opening reception and celebration of life set for Jan. 12

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present a retrospective of work by Michael Miller, a former Cal Poly faculty member in the Art and Design Department and mentor and friend to many, from Thursday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Feb. 10. An opening reception and celebration of life will take place Thursday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. in the University Art Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

In 2012, Miller was diagnosed with brain cancer, and over the next two years the tumor affected the area of the brain responsible for language. Miller, who died Nov. 14, 2014, faced this devastating loss with courage and took the opportunity to devote more time to his spiritual and meditation practice. He also continued his daily practice of drawing, and the detailed drawings and vibrant watercolors that fill his sketchbooks, along with the sensitive and thought-provoking writings he composed during his illness, are a testament to the remarkable talent and brilliant intellect for which Miller was known throughout his life. These never-before-exhibited sketchbooks will be on view during the University Art Gallery retrospective.

Shaped by myriad influences that include anthropology, film, literature, poetry, and critical theory, Miller’s studio practice was dynamic and wide-ranging. His keen powers of observation, along with his unique and finely-tuned sense of color, line, form, and composition, are evident throughout his drawing, watercolor, sculpture, and installation projects. Above all, Miller approached art as a calling, and he firmly believed in its transformative potential, that art could — and frequently did — change the world.

Miller exhibited his work widely and had solo shows in many prestigious venues, including POST Gallery in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Sweeney Art Gallery at U.C. Riverside, the California Museum of Photography at U.C. Riverside, the Art Centre at Silpakorn University, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the Cuesta College Art Gallery, Long Beach City College Art Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum, and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco.

The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is located in room 171 in the Dexter Building (No. 34).

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About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.

Photo information: Miller.jpg - Michael Barton Miller, “Seacon Square,” graphite on paper, 90” x 70”

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