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       WASHINGTON WATERCOLOR ARTISTS      Stan Miller

 

   Stan Miller is a Washington Watercolor artist and is a founding member of international watercolors.

 
         
   
 
                                                   
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WASHINGTON WATERCOLOR ARTISTS   About Stan Miller the artist:

I was born on a small farm in Southeastern South Dakota in 1949. We lived about 50 miles from Sioux Falls. I was one of seven children, three brothers and three sisters. When I was seven, we moved to Sioux Falls where my dad got a job as a mechanic for Caterpillar. When I was fifteen our family moved to Spokane,Washington, where I finished my high school education and graduated in 1967. I went on to college and graduated from Spokane Falls Community College in 1973, with an Applied Arts Degree and a Commercial Art Degree. Other than two years in Pennsylvania, I have continued to live in Spokane since my graduation from college.
I remember, when I must have been quite young, watching my older brother Greg draw. He was good. In the third grade our teacher taught us perspective, how to make a road go back and disappear into the mountains. I never forgot how to do that. When I was seven or eight years old, our family took a trip to Wisconsin to visit a friend of my Dads. He was a professional watercolorist. I remember the drive through the woods, walking up to his front door, through the entry, looking up at the walls as soon as I entered the house. I wanted to see his paintings. Randy Penner. I'll never forget that name or that trip and the influence it had on me.

In Junior High I took some art, mechanical drawing and enjoyed it. I wrote a career paper on becoming an artist but never really thought that it was possible. In college I decided to major in physical education since I considered an art major unrealistic. The second year I switched to a commercial art major since the community college had a good graphics program. It was during the three years of training to become a commercial artist that I took watercolor. My first watercolor class I got a "C". The worst grade I had ever received in any art class. I was required to take it again the following year and it went much better. Not only did I get an "A", but I fell in love with it. I started selling my paintings before I graduated for as little as $2. In the fall of 1973 I had made a decision to try to make a living as a full time, professional watercolorist and have managed to do that now for more than thirty years.

 
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RESUME

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AWARDS

2010 Accepted into the American Watercolor Society Exhibition, NY, NY
2009 The Artist's Magazine National Competition, Third Place for portrait, "Nick's Gaze"
2008 Carol Duke Artist Award of Excellence-Bellevue Arts Museum Art Fair-Bellevue, Washington

2008 Best of Show-Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Artfest Spokane, Washington

2007 Best of Show-Salem Art Festival-Salem, Oregon
2006 Grand Prize in the Watercolor Magic Magazine National Competition, August Issue

2004 First Place award in The Artist's Magazine 21st Annual National Art Competition
2004 Acceptance into American Watercolor Society Membership
2002 American Watercolor Society, Desser Memorial Award, New York, New York
1997 Sausalito Arts Festival, San Francisco, California
1986 Museum of Native American Cultures Western Art Show, Best of Show, Spokane, Washington.
1985 National Western Art Show, Best of Show, Ellensburg, Washington

EDUCATION

Associate in Applied Science, Professional Diploma in Art
Spokane Falls Community College 1973

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2000 Spokane Art School, Spokane, Washington
1995 Corbin Art Center, Spokane, Washington
1992 Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas
1980 Charles and Emma Frye Museum, Seattle, Washington
1979 Charles M. Russell Memorial Museum, Great Falls, Montana

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2004 American Watercolor Society, New York, New York
2002 American Watercolor Society, New York, New York
2002 Hilton Head Art League, Hilton Head, South Carolina
1998 Paintings of the American Landscape, Howard Manville Galleries, Kirkland, Washington
1995 Spokane Sampler, Cheney Cowles Memorial State Museum, Spokane, Washington
1993 Rocky Mountain National Water Media Show, Denver, Colorado
1991 Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
1985 Society of Illustrators, New York, New York
1976 American Watercolor Society, New York, New York

BOOKS

2002 American Watercolor Society 2002 Exhibition Catalog
1985 Illustrators 28
1984 Contemporary Western Artistsí of America

PERIODICALS

The Artist's Magazine, December 2008
Stan wins third place in portrait and honorable mention in landscape
Artist's Magazine National Competition 2008
2005 The Artist's Magazine, December
2005 American Artist, September
1985 Atlantic Monthly, Boston, Massachusetts
 

TRAVEL STUDIES

2006 Plein Air Painters of America Workshop in France and Italy
2004 Alaska, ten days on location
2000 Venice, Italy two weeks painting
1990 Central Europe and Ireland two months painting and visiting museums
1984 Greek Islands two months painting
1982 Central Europe one month painting and visiting museums

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
 

2006 Plein Air Painters of America in France
2005 Workshop in Port of Spain, Trinidad
1976 to present- Workshops around the U.S.
( examples: Scottsdale Artist's School, San Antonio Watercolor Group,
Coupeville Art Center, Seattle, Homer, Alaska Watercolor Group)
1985 to present- Spokane Art School part-time instructor.
1976 to present- Community Colleges of Spokane watercolor instructor, part-time.
 

 
   

 

 
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Painting the Landscape and Portrait in Watercolor
Tucson Art Academy, Tucson, Arizona

 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / Watercolor (Plein Air-Studio)Workshop
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Morgantown, West Virgina / Watercolor
Details coming soon...

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Painting the Landscape and Portrait in Watercolor
Rapid City, South Dakota
 

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Stan Miller, AWS
Phone (509) 535-5257
Email:
stan@stanmiller.net

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