Rebecca Miller is an Associate Professor of Art & Art History. Prior to teaching at Drury, Rebecca was a Visiting Lecturer in photography and drawing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She moved to Springfield in 2000 and currently teaches all levels of silver based photography, alternative photographic processes, digital photography, commercial photography and the history of photography.
The combination of photography and other media has always intrigued Rebecca. She finds it to be a challenge to successfully combine photography with direct media, such as painting and drawing, concluding with a cohesive product. It has been this challenge that leads to her current work, which is a combination of photography, etching, painting, and drawing. In addition to her mixed media photographic works, Rebecca is also interested in documentary photography, especially in relation to the renovation and reuse of architectural structures. She completed a series of large format color and black and white photographs of the renovation of the new Pool Art Center, which previously was a Coca-Cola bottling factory. Her current documentary project focuses on the transformation of the eight acres of the Tindle Mills Feed Company, that was donated to Drury University, which will become a part of the campus.
M.F.A., Florida State University, 1998
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, 1993
This body of work is of research that I have been thematically pursuing for the past decade. My concerns with this work deal with abuse and control; from casual annihilation of life, the effects that encroachments and the destruction of the environment have on wildlife, to the treatment of humans by one another. The principal interest for me with my work is to gain an emotional response from the viewer. I would like to use my art as a tool to communicate the injustices that I have witnessed and to make viewers conscious of these indignities which have become numb commonalities in our society.
The combination of photography and other media has always intrigued me. I have found it to be a challenge to successfully combine photography with direct media, such as painting and drawing, concluding with a cohesive product. It has been this challenge that leads to the work being presented, which is a combination of photography, etching, painting, and drawing. Visual layering is an important step in this process and in turn is a reflection of the various messages and intentions of the work. I enjoy the actual and visual textures and layers that result from combining different media. In this manner there is a metamorphosis within each piece that represents the multiplicity of the content of the image.
Rebecca's work has been shown in over forty museums and galleries for international and national juried solo and group exhibitions including: