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Art-in-progress by Glen Miller on display

Appalachian Birdsong Winter, charcoal, sizedAn ongoing drawing exhibition by Furman art professor Glen Miller will be on display Feb. 19-March 20 in Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building on the Furman University campus. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In the exhibition, Black and White, Miller will be creating a 185-square-foot charcoal drawing on the walls of Thompson Gallery. The work-in-progress will be open to the public for observation and for interacting with Miller Feb. 19 through the work’s completion set for March 19. A closing reception and gallery talk with the artist is scheduled Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Roe Art Building. In addition to the ongoing exhibition, Miller will show other recent works in charcoal.

Miller’s childhood experiences in the rural Appalachian Mountains, the immersion in nature, and the people and places he has encountered along the way continue to influence his imagery. In a statement he says, “In this exhibition, I will be composing fictional settings from real elements of the natural world around me and incorporating the human form into these settings. Rather than the landscape as a particular place in time or where human events are acted out, I am interested in the natural elements as actors themselves in the composition where they perform as shape and texture, as metaphor, and sometimes as characters in the narrative.”

Miller is native of Northeast Tennessee, and has taught in South Carolina since 1979. He relocated to South Carolina for a teaching position in Greenville County and taught secondary art in public schools until 2000. Resigning full-time public school to devote more time to working and showing professionally, Miller staged his first solo exhibition in 2003 at Hampton III Gallery in Taylors.

Miller teaches drawing at Furman in addition to working with individual students and teaching figure drawing workshops. Among his previous projects are Ruminations with a Charred Vine, a large-scale drawing installation at Greenville’s Fine Arts Center, Story, Song, and Image, a collaborative project merging musical performance and narrative painting, and more recently, The Nature of Things, a solo painting and drawing exhibition.

Miller holds a BFA in drawing and painting from East Tennessee State University and an MA in art and education from the University of South Florida. He is represented locally by Hampton III Gallery.

Learn more about Glen Miller. For more information about the exhibition, contact the Furman University Department of Art, (864) 294-2074.

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