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LIZ MILLER
Inspired by systems that contain examples of simultaneous order and chaos, my
mixed media drawings and installations reference biology, natural disasters, and
computer imagery.   Imagined interactions between disparate systems, and the
unpredictable outcomes of such encounters, provide a point-of-departure for works
that divulge equal parts fact and fiction. The systems that appear in my work are
hybrids, borrowing freely from a wide range of existing patterns and departing from
them at will.  Saccharine colors and intense repetition seduce the viewer,
subscribing to an underlying logic that allows playfulness to lead to sinister
conclusions. Beauty and whimsy are catalysts for events that are increasingly
aggressive. The initial logic of inventive and seemingly coherent systems is called
into question by their untimely demise as they explode, disintegrate, and morph
into new forms. In this manner, I comment on both the inherent failures and
possibilities that result as we struggle with a world that is increasingly complex and
multi-layered.
EDUCATION

2005        MFA—Drawing & Painting, Department of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1999        BFA—Painting, With Honors, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS        

2006        
Ostentatious Onslaught, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins CO
Impudent Instant Message, Gould Library, Carleton College, Northfield, MN        
2005        
Home-Grown Invasion, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN                
Systemic Attack, Franklin Art Works, Project Space, Minneapolis, MN
Systemic Detour--MFA Thesis Exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2004        
Serendipitous Hybrid, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
The Failure of an Eloquent Defense, Christensen Center Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

TWO/THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2006        
Perform/Install, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007        
Latitude: LON/MSP/NYC, Fieldgate Gallery, London
2006        
8x8x8: LON/MSP/NYC, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
2005        
Trickle Down, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT
2004        
Proliferate: Drawing in Space, Accumulating in Time, Foster Gallery, Eau Claire, WI
Box Fresh, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Untitled III, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
1999        
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

AWARDS/HONORS

2007        Research Incentive Program Award, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
2005        Faculty Research Grant, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
2004/5    Josephine Rollins-Lutz Award, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN        
 West Bank Arts Quarter Project Grant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2006         
Review.  September 2006
New American Paintings: Juried-Exhibition-in-Print, No. 65
South Bend Tribune.  July 23, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune  Sunday, May 7, 2006
Art in America.  Feb. 2006

2004

www.mnartists.org.
  June 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune.  July 2, 2004
Pulse of the Twin Cities, June 2004
Pulse of the Twin Cities, September 2004

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2005=present        Assistant Professor, Drawing/Foundations, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN