Kristen Miller


My artwork is influenced by the transient nature of both living and inanimate things. The work may illustrate unseen processes in our bodies or the atmosphere or attempt to capture an image or remember these living and inanimate things as they are changing or fading away. The materials I use reflect these ideas; fragile, discarded fruit wrappers, light and transparent organdy fabric as well as glassine paper, and minute glass beads. Stitching and beading are ways of drawing, generating forms, and measuring time.

For the past few years I've been thinking about an essay by Annie Dillard titled "The Wreck of Time." Posing the question of the relevance of the individual to the multitudes present and past, she quotes statistics of various populations and the historic and nature-driven events that have shaped their outcomes. We are asked to imagine the sheer numbers of people who have gone before us, those who inhabit the world now, and those who will follow. She reminds us of how we humans count and analogizes succeeding generations to waves rising from the sea, "billions of individuals at a time; we see them dwindle and vanish." These vast numbers are reflected in the ideas behind my artwork relating the weight of water and the lightness of air to the space created by the passing of time.


Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MFA, Fiber 1993
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, BFA, Textile Design 1987

EXHIBITIONS (* solo show)
"Darkness and Light", PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR *
A Stand of Pine in a Tilled Field: 21 Years at PDX, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
“Let’s Get Lost”, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
"Passing Through", PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR *

"Memento," PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR *
"All Oregon Art Annual," Oregon State Fair, Salem, OR
"Pacific Northwest Art Annual," University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
"2011," PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

"Here and Gone", PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR *

"Kinda Like a Buffet", PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
"Small Wild Things, Michelle Ross", The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
"Small Wild Things, Michelle Ross", Nine Gallery, Portland, OR

"Along the Interface", PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR *
"Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber 1970-2007", curated by Gregory Wittkopp and Brian Young, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
"Material Matters", Curated by Mary Anne Jordan, Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO

"Waiting", PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR *
"Recycled Art", Hallie Ford Museum, Willamette University, Salem, OR. Curated by John Olbrantz

"Seen/Unseen: NW", PDX Window Project, Portland, OR
"Home Again", University of Kansas Textiles: Past and Present, The Farm: A Contemporary Art Center, Kansas City, MO; University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS
"Collected: Gillian Hall, Shelly Hedges & Kristen Miller", Astoria Visual Arts Gallery, Astoria, OR
"Seen/Unseen", Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, OR

OCAC 2003 Craft Biennial: A Review of Northwest Art & Craft, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR

"Gina Carrington and Kristen E. Miller", Visual Arts Center Gallery, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

Sculptural Works by Cheryl Coon + Artists’ Pages from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, San Francisco, Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Time and Materials: Nole Giulini, Kristen Miller and Marie Watt", The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR

Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR;
University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
"Alterations: New Work Exploring the Relationship of Materials and Memory", el dorado inc., Kansas City, MO

Work by 1994-1995 Artists in Residence, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
OCAC Print Portfolio Show, Centrum Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

Marcie Miller Gross / Kristen Miller, Drawings and Constructions / Mixed Media, University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Exhibition of Work by Cranbrook Fiber Department, R & W Gallery, The University of the Arts. Philadelphia, PA

"The Body of Work: Exhibition by Members of Cranbrook Fiber and Sculpture Departments", Creative Arts Center, Pontiac, MI

"Evolutions", Mixed Media Works, Walter Yost Gallery, Highland Community College, Highland KS

Regional Arts & Culture Council Individual Artist Project Grant

The Doris Fair Carey Scholarship Competition

The Lawrence Art Guild Juried Craft Competition

Centrum Arts and Education Artist Residency Program, Port Townsend, WA, Artist in Residence

Djerassi Artists’ Residence Program, Woodside, CA, Artist in Residence

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Junior Residency Program, Portland, OR, Artist in Residence

Fidelity Investments
The Swig Company
Sylvia Engleman
Sarah Keller
Deborah Green
Janet Norstrand
Richard Janku
Barbie Reed
Jane Timkin
Driek Zirinsky
Terence Schneider
Henry Hillman
Linda Shostak
Dorothy Lemelson
Kammi Reiss
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portable Works Collection

“Passing Through At PDX CONTEMPORARY ART,” August, 2013
Speer, Richard, “Kristen Miller: Passing Through,” Willamette Week, Wednesday, August 7, 2013
"Willamette Week Pick: Kristen Miller," Willamette Week, Sept. 14, 2011.
Hicks, Bob, “On First Thursday, summer’s artistic swan song,” The Oregonian, Sept. 1, 2011.

Speer, Richard, "Kristen Miller," Willamette Week, December 23 - 29.
Row, D.K., "Art world starts to get up off the canvas," Photo Credit, The Oregonian, December 12
Driscall, Megan, “First Thursday Picks,” PORT, December 1

Roberts, Prudence, "Kristen Miller at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART," Artweek, February

Row, D.K., “Shows of Note,” The Oregonian, November 23
"Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber, 1970-2007," Cranbrook Art Museum

New American Paintings, Vol. 67, The Open Studios Press

Oregon Biennial - Catalogue, Portland Art Museum