OGUNQUIT, Maine — The Ogunquit Museum of American Art presents Sue Miller: Personal Voyage, an exhibition of paintings spanning nearly 40 years of the artist’s career. The exhibition runs through October 31, 2022.
“The paintings in this exhibition tell the story of Sue Miller’s own experiences, and how she evolved as an artist,” said Amanda Lahikainen, PhD, Executive Director of Ogunquit Museum of American Art. “The artist spent most of her life by the ocean, and that influenced her use of water, light, and nautical shapes that really speak to the viewer.”
Over the course of her long career, Miller has created a deeply personal visual language that is inspired by many things, resulting in work that is that is simultaneously abstract and representational. “Miller’s paintings of boats are far from traditional,” remarks Katherine French, Guest Curator. “In actuality, her paintings are a metaphorical exploration on the vicissitudes of wind, weather, and circumstance.”
Miller’s references to arks, boats, or sails in works on view are touch stones to broader issues. “Eventually the subject isn’t a boat or a sail,” Miller explained. “Instead, it becomes part of my own personal voyage into the act of painting itself.”
About the Artist
Born in New York City in 1939, Sue Miller received her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College for Women and her graduate degree from Harvard University. A recipient of awards from the New York State Council for the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, she has been represented by Allan Stone Gallery in New York and Nielsen Gallery in Boston. Having served on the faculty of numerous institutions, including the Museum School and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Miller has also exhibited extensively in galleries and museums. These include the Bronx Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Hudson River Museum in New York; the Farnsworth Museum in Maine; the Lyman Allyn Museum in Connecticut; and the Spertus Museum in Chicago among many others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum, as well as numerous private collections. A longtime resident of Boston, Sue Miller now lives and works in New York City.
Sue Miller: Personal Voyage was organized for the Ogunquit Museum of American Art by Katherine French, Guest Curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a 35-page full color exhibition catalog with critical essay, available upon request from the museum.
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About Ogunquit Museum of American Art
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely tied to one of the earliest art colonies of the American modernist art movement, OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. The museum honors Strater’s vision to preserve and showcase American art by mounting innovative modern and contemporary exhibition programs each year from May through October. OMAA and its three-acre seaside sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more at www.ogunquitmuseum.org