Vermont sculptor Chris Miller working in Granite, Wood and Marble. Figurative and representational sculpture for indoor or outdoor installations.

Chris began carving in 1976. Although largely self taught, he studied art in college and then anatomy and sculpture with the late Lothar Werslin of Sandgate Vt., drawing and anatomy under Billy Brauer of Warren Vt. and worked alongside and collaborated with several of the counties top stone sculptors in nearby Barre Vt.
Since crating and shipping several 3,000 lb. sculptures for inclusion in far-away shows is impractical, Chris' work doesn't lend itself to building an impressive exhibition resume. Chris has focused on commissions and installations and his work is in various private collections and sculpture galleries in Vermont and New England.
Artist Statement

I find it difficult to convey what this life's work means to me. For reasons I don't understand I have always needed to make things. If not carving, it's building a house, a sturdy stone wall, furniture or some random structure. It's just always been important for me to be creating something. And, the more challenging the better. It may not be widely true in all art circles, but to my eye, for something to have artistic value, it ought to also be difficult to execute as well.

While some pieces are created with the intention of a specific theme or emotion, I resist the urge to explain my work or any individual piece with metaphor. Proclaiming the piece reflects some universal truth or speaks to the human condition is not my style and, I feel the nature and genuineness of my work, doesn't call for it. My trying to subjectively define the "inner meaning" of a piece for the viewer, doesn't seem to benefit the work. I would prefer the work stands on it's own.

Having said that, I do strive to have my carvings convey a gentle grace and simple beauty. My hope is that, with the careful choice of pose, the gesture and attitude of the form comes through. If a viewer is drawn to a piece and it causes a response, if it evokes either a mood or feeling, or simply touches something within, then the work fulfills my intention.

Figurative and Representational Sculpture in Marble, Wood and Granite
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Southern Vermont College
  • 1980 - 1984 Studied Anatomy and Sculpture with Lothar Werslin - Sandgate, Vt.
  • 1999 - 2012 - Studied Sculpture with Eric Oberg - Calais, Vt.
  • 2003 - 2018 - Studied Anatomy and Drawing with Bill Brauer - Warren, Vt.
  • 1976 - 1978 - Grist Mill Museum - Weston, Vt.
  • 1978 - 1996 - Studio and Gallery - Peru, Vt.
  • 1997 - present - Chris Miller Studio - Calais, Vt.
  • 1988 - 1994 Gallery Northstar - Manchester & Grafton, Vt.
  • 2005 - present - West Branch Gallery - Stowe, Vt.
  • 2003- present - Studio Place Arts - Barre, Vt.

Select Clients


  • 2011 University of Vermont - Catamount - Athletic Department
  • 2013 City of Barre, Vermont - Gargoyles
  • 2013 University of Alabama Medical Center - Sculpture
  • 2015 Studio Place Arts - Granite Zipper-  Barre, Vermont
  • 2015 University of Mass. - Dorchester Science Center - Watertable Sculpture
  • 2014 Kent Tavern Museum - Labyrinth-  Calais, Vermont
  • 2015 Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital - Art in State Buildings Sculptures -  Berlin, Vermont
  • 2016 Silva Sculpture Park - "Paradox" - Galveston sland, Tx.
  • 2017 University of Vermont - Catamount - Alumni Hall
  • 2017 Vermont Granite Museum - "Heritage" entry Sculpture
  • 2018 State of Vermont - "Ceres"  Vermont State House
  • 2019 Dartmouth Hospital - Life size portrait sculpture
  • 2019 State of Vermont - "USS VERMONT"  replica submarine for presentation at Submarine Commissioning
  • 2020 Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences - Monument

Recent Awards and Grants

  • 2013  Semprebon Stone Legacy Award - Barre Gargoyles
  • 2014  Art in State Buildings - Vt. Arts Council - Vt. Psychiatric Care Hospital Sculptures
  • 2014  American Society of Landscape Architects - Public Place Merit Award- Barre Zipper Park.
  • 2018 Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts

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