American Painter Trace Miller (B. 1955, Johnstown, PA), is known for his combination of abstracted realism, rich manipulation of materials, and interrogation of surfaces. He lives and works in the Baltimore region of Maryland. Miller received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore. He is a Lecturer and Assistant Chair in the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education at Towson University. His works have been exhibited extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region, New York, and Chicago. Miller’s work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine and The Baltimore Review. In 2013 & 2014 Miller was selected as a semi-finalist for the Bethesda Painting Awards and has received two Individual Artist Grants from the Mayor’s Committee on Art and Culture in Baltimore. He has appeared as guest speaker and visiting artist at numerous venues such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Albright College, Shepardstown College, and the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Speaking of his practice Miller explains: “My current work is mixed media painting and collage on canvas, panel and paper. The intent is to capture the linear and gestural qualities of trees. My aim is not to create traditional landscapes, but to metaphorically address energy and feelings of both loss and renewal. My studio practice balances process and experimentation with concept. The content evolves with the process – the work is strongest when these elements are inherently intertwined. “
Miller’s work is represented in a number private and public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art.