Judy Miller is a visual artist who creates assemblages by melding architectural and environmental images with photographs of figures and other objects. She holds a M.F.A. in photography, a M.A. in printmaking and a B.A.E. in art education. Miller’s first position was as an artist-in-residence assisting art teachers with their curriculums. She went on to teach photography, drawing, printmaking, and design at colleges and universities. For more than a dozen years, Miller freelanced as a photo-illustrator, creating illustrations for a variety of clients including magazines, advertising agencies, designers, and corporations. During this time, she continued to create her own artwork.
As a student in the ‘70s, Miller was traditionally trained as a photographer. She processed her own color and black/white film and made prints in “wet” darkrooms. Today, she crafts her images and prints in a digital darkroom. In 2003, Miller purchased her first large format digital printer so that she could produce archival prints of her work. In addition, she applies her aesthetic sensibility and technical expertise to produce exhibition quality prints for photographers and other fine artists (Judy Miller Custom Prints).
As an avid collector of photographic information from her environment and travels (the Southwest provides particularly rich subject matter), Miller is attracted to a wide range of subjects including landscapes, architectural interiors and exteriors, and wax figures. Her fondest times are when she's able to load up her SUV with camera equipment and hit the road seeking photographic adventures and imagery. No matter if Miller is traveling for business or pleasure, she is always on the prowl for “visual information” that can be used in her artwork. As gallery owner Sherry Leedy said in a recent press release, “Miller is voracious in her pursuit of photographic information as fodder for imagination.”
While studying her vast library of photographs, Miller discovers image relationships that become the catalysts for her final images. Her photographic composites incorporate photographic elements from multiple images. In her dioramas, Miller’s goal is to create a dynamic juxtaposition of elements that spark individual interpretation, perhaps even discussion, argument, and consensus.
Miller actively shows her work in galleries and exhibitions across the United States. Her artwork is in numerous permanent and private collections including the Tucson Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Erie Art Museum, Snell & Wilmer Law Firm Collection, Southwestern Bell (Dallas) and Texas Instruments.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Miller currently lives in Tucson. A detailed resume is available upon request.