Bio

I am fascinated with the conflict of materials (oils and paper pulp for example). I search to find if and where they can meet. So far, my explorations have shown that nothing is truly opposed. These agitations can evoke stone and pressed botanical material. I accept accidents along the way and seize the controls back as the painting demands.

One of my quests is the noticing of portals. What is that glimmer of something? That moment before the noticing of something, else. The discovery of a portal. Then the recognition, that preliminary knowing. The excitement of that moment that I am on to something. What does that edge look like? What is the edge of a portal? 

I create structure that becomes safe space where I can work. This haven allows me to reveal and alchemize origin stories and ancient traumas. Archetypal energy provides subconscious familiarities that can lead to universal truths.

 

During the luxury of normal studio time, color captures my attention constantly.  Mixing color is where I begin. This could be an archetypal, stereotypical, or personal spark. Red = Mars, violence, or the chosen color of my hair. Creativity and the unknown is my work.

Addendum:  My latest “Isolation” series was conceptualized within, to and from isolation without the luxury of such musings. 

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Vulcan Chess Installation • Broad Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Works • Christopher Markus The Lion’s Mane, Philadelphia, PA

Vulcan Chess • Balance Wellness Center, Philadelphia, PA

Paperworks • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

2017
Defending Surface BFA Thesis • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Bringing the March Home • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

 

2016

Vulcan Chess Studies • Art Library at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Vulcan Chess • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

 

2015 | Delicate Immensities • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

2014 | Rumi Driven • Mason Gross Undergraduate Project Space, New Brunswick, NJ

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Colors/Shapes of Summer:  July Online Exhibition • The Plastic Club (Virtual)

  https://www.plasticclub.org/blog/colorsshapes-of-summer-july-online-exhibition

Alternatives ‘20: Art House • Virtual Space • https://alternatives20.wixsite.com/operatingsystem

Body (No Body) • Anne Bryant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, transferred to virtual space

Emerging Artists & Painting Without A Brush • Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Intimate Explorations • Clark Hill Law Offices, Philadelphia, PA

Daydream • 9th Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Dance of Shapes • FMC Tower, Philadelphia, PA

2019

Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory  • Cleveland, OH

Reflection(s) • Anne Bryan Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Love • Gallery 8 • Philadelphia, PA

(Not So) Silent Auction on Broad • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Harmony of the Senses • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Circle of Care • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Harmony of the Senses • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Salon des Refusés • PAFA, Philadelphia, PA

Divergent Directions • PAFA, Philadelphia, PA

Salon des Refusés • iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Catalyze  • Cambridge Innovation Center, Philadelphia, PA

Menstrala  •  The Common Room, Philadelphia, PA

Stories to Tell  •  The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Expressive Revolt  •  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Spider Rock •  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2018

Hot & Cold  •  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Senses and Sensuality • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Texture • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

17th Annual National Arts Program • Liberty Hall Center, Union, NJ

2017

Implicate Order • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Proverbial Balls • L.A.B., New Brunswick, NJ

Catawampus – BFA  •  Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

2016

Same Boat • LAB, Mason Gross, New Brunswick, NJ

Art in a State of Mobility • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Cornered • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

2015

Intertwine • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

 /’ pälē, glät/ • Polyglot Art Exhibition and Fundraiser, New Brunswick, NJ

2014

City & Myth • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ *Awarded Ruth Crocket Art Prize*

10 • Ten Year Celebration of City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT • Auction

Union County College Student Art Competition and Exhibition • Richel Commons &
Virtual Gallery on UCC.edu, Cranford, NJ *Awarded Best Work Submitted*

2012 | Benchmarks • Cranford Downtown Public Art Projects • Cranford Township, NJ

 

RESIDENCIES

2020

Westtown Artist Residency Project 2020: Cotton • The Weaving Mill, Chicago IL (created "in place")

Arts Letters & Numbers • Averill, NY | Postponed until further notice

PRINT EXCHANGES

2019 |Fibonacci Sunflower for Iran, edition of 33 • From Philadelphia to Iran and Back: A print portfolio exchange between Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Printmakers & Tehran Independent Printmakers (Summer)

2018-2019He IS Heavy, edition of 18  Cauchemar: A Group Portfolio by Students and Faculty of the Printmaking Department of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

CURATION

2019

Salon des Refusés • PAFA, Philadelphia, PA

Vulcan Chess Installation • Broad Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Works • Christopher Markus The Lion’s Mane, Philadelphia, PA

Vulcan Chess • Balance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Paperworks •  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2017

BFA Thesis: Defending Surface • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Bringing the March Home • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Implicate Order • Co-Curator • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

2016

Vulcan Chess Studies • Art Library at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Vulcan Chess • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Art in a State of Mobility • Co-Curator • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Cornered • Co-Curator • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

2015

Delicate Immensities • Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Balancing Acts: Managing Identities – Panel Discussion • Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick, NJ

Rumi Driven • Mason Gross Undergraduate Project Space, New Brunswick, NJ

 

EDUCATION

2020 MFA Painting and Papermaking, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts • Philadelphia, PA

2017

BFA Painting and Art History, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers • New Brunswick, NJ

New York Academy of Art • New York, NY (Scholarships)
2017 Sculpture Master Class with Judy Fox
2016 Drawing Master Class with Steven Assael
2015 Oil Painting Master Class with Vincent Desiderio

2016 VSA New Jersey • New Brunswick, NJ
Professional Development Certificate, Universal Design for Learning

2015 (Winter) Philadelphia Museum of Art • Philadelphia, PA
Externship, shadowed Senior Marketing Editor: Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

2014 AA Union County College • Cranford, NJ

2009 Certified Acutonics® Practitioner, Acutonics® Sound Healing Therapy • Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine • Llano, NM (Westfield, NJ)

   

TEACHING

2020 (classes transitioned to virtual teaching environment, trained Professors in Zoom & Canvas)

Teaching Assistant  (with Renée Foulks) • Portrait Painting • Undergraduate Class • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Assistant  (with Al Gury) • Color Painting • Undergraduate Class • PAFA, Philadelphia, PA

2019

Teacher • After School Art Program • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA • 
Foundations in Drawing

Teaching Assistant (with Al Gury) • Painting the Figure - Undergraduate Class • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2018

Teacher • Figure Drawing - After School Art Program • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2017

Teaching Assistant • Undergrad Senior Seminar • William Paterson University, Wayne NJ •
Frida Kahlo presentation and discussion

Teaching Assistant • Bookmaking Workshop • HP Gives a Hoot & Mason Gross School of the Arts, Highland Park, NJ

AWARDS

2019-2020 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, PA • Merit Scholarship & MFA Artistic Excellence ScholarshipNew Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Fine Arts Fellowship & Continuing Education Fellowship • Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ

2018-2019 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, PA • Merit Scholarship & MFA Artistic Excellence Scholarship, 
New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Fine Arts Fellowship • Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ

2017-2018 Matthew Leydt Society, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ • Inducted as one of the top 2% (Summa Cum Laude) graduates, Class of 2017 - http://tinyurl.com/mon5b46

2016-2017 The Marlene and David Tepper Chair in Visual Arts Scholarship • Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ

2015-2017  Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship • Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2014

Ruth Crocket Art Prize, City & Myth, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

Best Work Submitted, Union County College Student Art Competition and Exhibition, Cranford, NJ

 

ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

2019 Hyperallergic: A View from the Easel • Dori Miller, Philadelphia, PA

2016The Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine Site News & Newsletter Student Feature: Dori Miller, Acutonics.com (December)

 

2014

Union County College
Student Art Competition, UCC.edu

Student Art Exhibit Set for May 9, Suburban News

The Sheaf (Union County College Literary magazine)
Elderflower Pressé (Oil on Canvas) Spring

2013
Ember Clouds (Photograph) Fall 
Asparagus Forest (Photograph) Spring

COLLECTIONS

Works represented in the collection of FMC Corporation and private collections in:

Australia • Sonoma (CA) • South Lyon (MI) • Various towns (NJ)
Llano (NM) • Brooklyn (NY) • Woodstock (NY) • Philadelphia (PA)

©2020 all text and images by Dori Miller