Expressionist Featured as 1999 Doenges Visiting Artist

November 1, 1999

Expressionistic artist Melissa Miller will present a free public lecture on Wednesday, November 10, at 8:00 p.m. in Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium, located in the Pearce Science Center at the corner of Coalter and Frederick Streets in Staunton, Virginia.

The lecture is part of Miller’s week-long fall visit to Mary Baldwin as the 1999-2000 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist. She will return to campus during the college’s May Term next spring to teach a painting class.

Miller is widely known for her expressionistic paintings, which use animals as metaphors for human observations and dilemmas. She has exhibited work at a number of major museums in America, including the Hirshorn and Corcoran Museums in Washington, D.C., the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts, the New Orleans Museum, the San Francisco Museum, and the Fine Arts Museum in Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth. Her work has also been included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial and the Venice Bienniale.

A recipient of three individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Miller was named “Texas Artist of the Year” in 1987 and in 1999 she received the “Legend Award” from the Dallas Visual Arts Association. Her works can be found in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu.

Miller has been a visiting lecturer and guest artist at numerous universities and art institutes. She served as the 1990-1991 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University and most recently as Visiting Professor of Art at the University of Texas, Austin. Her workshop experience includes Anderson Ranch, Oklahoma Arts Institute and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Born in Houston, Texas, Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 1974. Holly Solomon Gallery in New York, Betty Moody Gallery in Houston, and Dunn Brown Contemporary in Dallas represent her work.

The Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artists/Scholars program was the vision to the late Mary Baldwin alumna and trustee Liddy Kirkpatrick Doenges and honors her memory. Each year the program brings to campus distinguished artists or scholars for an extended visit. In 1998-1999, Joan Snyder was the Doenges Visiting Artists.