Famous muralist named artist-in-residence at Albright College
READING, PA – Muralist Mike L. Miller was named Visiting Artist in Residence in the Departments of Art and Art History and the Science Research Institute (SRI) at Albright College. In addition to teaching university courses, Miller will coordinate public art projects between the community, Albright College and Albright SRI.
A public school art educator for 28 years, most of it in the Wyomissing Area School District, Michael L. Miller says making visual art has been his life’s work.
“I hope this transition from full-time art teacher to artist-in-residence will give me time to fully develop and share ideas that build on my previous experience as a teacher and public art coordinator. collaborative,” Miller said. “I hope that the trust and community engagement that develops through my guidance will remain an important part of students’ lives as they become engaged citizens.”
“Mike Miller is a longtime leader and champion for Berks County,” said Adelle L. Schade, Dean of Pre-College and Summer Programs and Director of SRI. “He has an unparalleled ability to bring individuals and organizations together through collaborative public art implementations. His expertise and total dedication to this county we all love will help position Albright College and the Institute for Scientific Research to continue to realize its vision to be an equitable, sustainable and inclusive learning community and a leader in the advancement of lives in our dynamic world.
With extensive experience in community public art, Miller has worked with a number of community organizations in Greater Reading and beyond.
“Mike Miller has been a tour de force in bringing public art to Reading and the surrounding community,” said Kristen Woodward, MFA, professor of art at Albright College. “A generous spirit, Mike has invited dozens of artists to draw on his know-how to create murals and other large-scale public works. Her passion for art and her ability to contribute to the public good is contagious.
After seven summers working with the Pennsylvania Migrant Education program, Miller created a public art studio class to connect her students to their own communities. Over the years, this class has involved hundreds of citizens in creating several landmark public art projects in the Greater Reading area.
“This course made such an impression on my former students, their families and the school staff that they continue to participate in these collaborative art projects,” Miller said. “I believe that this enthusiasm for public art is an essential component of community development and a strong source of pride for the neighbourhood.