Melissa Miller

Selected Works

Melissa Miller
Carp, 1996
Watercolor on paper
30h x 22w inches
Melissa Miller
Fossil V, 1997
Mixed media on paper
24h x 17 1/2w inches
Melissa Miller
Octopus and Lobster, 2003
Gouache on paper
29 1/2h x 14w inches
Melissa Miller
Autumn Pond (7), 2004
Gouache on paper
13h x 7 1/2w inches


Melissa Miller was born in Houston, Texas. She received her B.F.A from the University of New Mexico, after which she attended Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Connecticut. Miller’s paintings are recognizable for their detailed portrayal of animals and the violence of the natural world. In compositions that range from landscapes crowded with figures in the style of Old Master history painting to surreal individual portraits, Miller contends with the strange and the mundane alike, employing her distinctly fantastical yet incisive vision.

Miller represented the United States for the 41st Biennale di Venezia and has also exhibited in the prestigious Whitney Biennial. Among other honors, she has received three individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA), as well as awards from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation, the Dallas Museum of Art, The Art League of Houston, the Dallas Visual Arts Association, and the National Council of Arts Administrators.  In addition, she was named “Texas State Artist of the Year” in 2011 by the Texas State Legislature. Miller has been featured in exhibitions across the United States including solo shows at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Art League Houston; Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA; Galveston Art Center, TX; the Grace Museum, Abilene, TX; Nave Museum, Victoria, TX; Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX; Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT, and Amarillo Art Center, Texas.

Miller’s paintings are featured in public collections including that of the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Dallas Museum of Art, TX; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the El Paso Museum of Art, TX; the Orland Museum of Art, FL; Sweet Briar College, VA; and the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.


On-site and Individual Works

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller: Paintings
Talley Dunn Gallery
January 11 – February 15, 2014


Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller
Lux Art Institute
May 30 – July 27, 2013




“Melissa Miller at the Grace Museum” 
by Christina Patoski
August 4, 2011


“Melissa Miller’s Monograph” 
by Charles Dee Mitchell
August 5, 2007