"Living and Breathing Art"
Born into a tight-knit family in 1981 and raised in the Oklahoma countryside, Stacey Dianne Miller knew at a young age that she had an inspired interest in all things artistic. At the age of fifteen, she obtained employment as an apprentice under Master Ceramicist Don Poole. The six year apprenticeship lent lasting influence on her work and her career. In 2006 Stacey completed her Baccalaureate in Fine Art at East Central University, Ada, OK, a degree that was funded in part by the the Ada Arts Association Scholarship, the Gladys Kendall Art Scholarship and the Alphi Chi Art Award. Under the tutelage of professor and artist Kate Rivers she developed an intense devotion to printmaking and networked artistic relationships that would provide additional educational and career building opportunities.
Through the development of those relationships Miller found opportunity to study under Indrani Gall, protégé of Keith Howard, learning various techniques of the ImagOn printmaking process and acquired an assistant position with the Los Milagros Printing Studio under the watchful eye of artist Lynn Barnett Sparks. Perfecting her craft in artists community at Los Milagros Studio, Miller was able to expand her printing repertoire and shortly thereafter took a position as the Studio Manager and Printmaking Instructor and later the Program Director at the [Press] at Untitled at [Artspace] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK, the largest open printing facility in the state. During her six years of work there Stacey found herself immersed in a cadre of career artists including John Paul Philipe, Christine Sefolosha, Nick Bubash, Katherine Liontas Warren, Bert Seabourn, Michi Susan, Jenifer Lynch and Julia Ayres. A constant sponge through the years, Miller acquired expertise in all major printmaking processes with the exception of serography. She has also taught numerous workshops and private lessons in different printmaking techniques.
Though technically adept in a large array of media, Miller considers herself to be a mixed media artist with a primary focus in printmaking. Exhibiting vivid colors, Stacey's artistic compositions are self-indulgent in nature. The artist states, As a child I developed an extravagant imagination, a defense mechanism, for combating the fears for which I had few available outlets. Over the years my ability to spin negatives into positives became habitual, most unwitting, and intensely biographical. A trickle of fear becomes a stream within my mind, a stream that tacks furiously and swiftly transforms into a widened river of anxiety. My artwork is not created to captivate, inspire or beget emotion. My art is my form of therapy.
In 2011, Stacey was presented the Oklahoma Artist of the Year Award by the Paseo Arts Association. She now focuses less on community arts programming and more on developing her own artistic endeavors. Currently working out of her home printing studio, Miller still finds time to mentor and instruct. Miller has exhibited her artwork nationally in over eighty solo, group, invited, permanent, and juried exhibitions. Stacey's work is collected by educational institutes, companies and private collectors throughout the United States and abroad.