Faculty - Michael Barton Miller

Michael Barton Miller's diverse investigations in the arts can best be described as a cross-disciplinary. He approaches art like an anthropologist, studying and making work ‘about’ the uncanny overlap between contemporary culture and visual representation. Miller's large-scale drawings, watercolors and installation works employ an ironic sense of humor that is informed by complex research and critical thinking.

After completing his BA at UC Irvine 1986 and MFA from USC in 1988, Miller taught drawing, intermedia, and critical theory at Pomona College, and California State University Long Beach in the Los Angeles area. In 1997 he relocated to the Central Coast where he teaches drawing as a Professor at Cal Poly, SLO. Solo installation works of drawings and installation by Miller include: the Art Centre at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Sweeney Gallery at UC Riverside, POST Gallery in Los Angels, the Torrance Museum, Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Fransico, the California Museum of Photography, Long Beach City College Gallery, SF Cameraworks, the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, and the Cuesta College Gallery.

Miller is the first recipient of the Richard K. Simon Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship given by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts in 2005. In 2005-06, he received the Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding performance and contribution to the University. His work has been enjoyed by a variety of international viewers over the last two decades including exhibitions in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and Thailand.


Michael Barton Miller

Professor Studio Art
Phone: 805.756.6069
Office: 34 - 147

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