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People

Miiller, Susan

M.F.A. in drawing and painting: University of North Texas in 1992. B.F.A in painting: SUNY New Paltz in 1988.


Adjunct Faculty

Department: Art Education
Office: SAB108A
Phone: (845) 257-3850
E-mail: miillers@newpaltz.edu
Website

Office Hours

F12:00 PM - 02:00 PMonline - virtual office hours

Career History

Susan Miiller was born in NYC, NY. She received an M.F.A. in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas in 1992 and a B.F.A in painting from SUNY New Paltz in 1988. Miiller has been faculty at SUNY New Paltz since 1999.

Miiller is the recipient of several awards including an Orange Arts Grant, 2009/ Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009 and Individual Development Awards, 2009-2006, SUNY New Paltz/ Artist in Residence Award, 2006: Catskill Conservation Center/ Special Opportunity Stipends Grant, 2003: New York Foundation for the Arts/ Faculty Development Awards, 2004 and 2002: SUNY New Paltz/ Artist in Residence Award: 2001: Weir Farm Trust/ Honorable Mention; 1999 and 1998: Susquehanna Art Museum/ First Place Award, 1996: SOHO Gallery/ Gallery Artists Series Award, 1995: Women and Their Work Gallery/ Artist in Residence, 1993: Vermont Studio Center/ and the Grand Purchase Award, 1991: Arkansas Arts and Science Center. She has participated in television interviews, lectures and seminars including the Fulcrum Gallery seminar: Artists Talk on Art, NYC, and the Dallas Visual Art Center seminar: The Business of Art. Miiller has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Museum of New Mexico, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Austin Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Artists Museum, and Longview Art Museum. Her work is included in many important public and private collections including The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Centex Corporation, Sterling Software, and SAP America Corporation.

Teaching Interests

Painting and drawing, art criticism online and introduction to art online. See publications for Miiller's online teaching research.

Research/Creative Activity

Two recent series, In Search of a Landscape and Souvenirs bring to the forefront abstracted landscape elements in my work. From the beginning, I have challenged myself to confront the cliche theme of "easy listening" landscape genre. In order to make good contemporary landscape art, I believe my paintings must explore the subject of artistic transformation and ways of making an age old painting tradition fresh and original. The content of my work comes from my plein-air painting investigations, photographs of the landscape that I have taken over the years, as well as my use of the medium of collage as a vehicle for exploring and inventing composition. My work has always been about an expression of the embodiment of a duality between technique and imagery. My plein-air paintings are thickly painted, direct observations of nature. In the studio, my paintings often begin as an abstract color field with overpainted imagery that outlines classical landscapes. The technique subtractive painting technique combined with additive painterly approaches creates dramatic modulations of color and space, a wide variety of rich painterly techniques, my work obtains a physical presence of surface that underscores the beauty of the painted surfaces.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Miiller is the recipient of several awards including an Orange Arts Grant, 2009/ Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009 and Individual Development Awards, 2009-2006, SUNY New Paltz/ Artist in Residence Award, 2006: Catskill Conservation Center/ Special Opportunity Stipends Grant, 2003: New York Foundation for the Arts/ Faculty Development Awards, 2004 and 2002: SUNY New Paltz/ Artist in Residence Award: 2001: Weir Farm Trust/ Honorable Mention; 1999 and 1998: Susquehanna Art Museum/ First Place Award, 1996: SOHO Gallery/ Gallery Artists Series Award, 1995: Women and Their Work Gallery/ Artist in Residence, 1993: Vermont Studio Center/ and the Grand Purchase Award, 1991: Arkansas Arts and Science Center.

Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Miiller, S., Cohen, A, and Smith, L. (2013). “Online Communities, Critiques and Second Life Teaching in the Visual Arts”, International Journal of Research in Education, Vol 1, No 1, September, 2013
Miiller, S. and Smith, L. (2009). “Distance Learning in the Visual Arts”, MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol 5, No September, 2009
Miiller, S. and Smith, L. (2008). “ Intersections: Online and Face-to-Face Teaching”, E-Learn 2008, Proceedings of AACE, Las Vegas, NV, 1851-62.
Miiller, S. and Smith, L. (2007), “Online Development of Introduction to Drawing and Design”, Selected Readings of the IVLA, 127-134.

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

MEMBER
College Art Association
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Greene County Council on the Arts
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance
Weir Farm Trust Arts Center
Wallkill River School
River Valley Artists Guild

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