Biography


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

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.


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

Select Clients

Stone Sculpture

  • University of Vermont - Athletic Department
  • City of Barre, Vermont
  • University of Alabama Medical Center
  • State of Vermont
  • Studio Place Arts - Barre, Vermont
  • University of Mass. - Dorchester Science Center
  • Kent Tavern Museum  Calais, Vermont
  • Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital   Berlin, Vermont

Wood Sculpture and Restorations

  • Vermont Supreme Court - Montpelier, Vermont
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Bromley Mountain
  • State of Vermont - 133 State Street Restoration
  • Equinox Corp.

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.

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