The Ogunquit Museum of American Art presents Sue Miller: Personal Voyage


Sue Miller (born in 1939), SPAR V, 2007-2021, Acrylic, wood and fabric on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, © Sue Miller. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: William Palmer.

OGUNQUIT, Maine — The American Art Museum of Ogunquit presents Sue Miller: Personal Journey, an exhibition of paintings spanning almost 40 years of the artist’s career. The exhibition runs until October 31, 2022.

“The paintings in this exhibit tell the story of Sue Miller’s own experiences and how she evolved as an artist,” said Amanda Lahikainen, PhD, executive director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. “The artist has spent most of his life by the ocean, and this has influenced his use of water, light, and nautical forms that really speak to the viewer.”

Over her long career, Miller has created a deeply personal visual language that draws inspiration from many things, resulting in work that is both abstract and figurative. “Miller’s boat paintings are far from traditional,” remarks Katherine French, guest curator. “In reality, his paintings are a metaphorical exploration of the vicissitudes of wind, time and circumstance.”

Miller’s references to arches, boats, or sails in the works on display are touchstones to larger issues. “Ultimately, the subject is not a boat or a sail,” Miller explained. “Instead, it’s part of my own personal journey into the act of painting itself.”

About the artist
Born in New York in 1939, Sue Miller earned her undergraduate degree at Connecticut College for Women and her graduate degree at Harvard University. Recipient of awards from the New York State Council for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, she has been represented by the Allan Stone Gallery in New York and the 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, Guggenheim Museum, Jewish Museum, and 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. His work is part of 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.

Sue Miller: Personal Journey was curated for the Ogunquit Museum of American Art by Katherine French, Guest Curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a 35-page color exhibition catalog with critical essay, available on request from the museum.


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