Faculty & Staff Directory
Sean Owen Miller
Associate Professor
School of Art + Art History/Interventionist Art, Sculpture and WARP

Sean Miller joined the UF faculty in the fall of 1999. Miller has exhibited internationally at venues such as: ACC Galerie (Weimar, Germany), Deitch Projects Art Parade (New York), National Museum of Ireland (Dublin), Schalter Gallery (Berlin), Spazio Utopia (Campagna, Italy), Indianapolis Museum of Art, Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), Aqua Art Fair (Miami Beach), Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast, N. Ireland), Catalyst Arts (Belfast, N. Ireland), UICA (Michigan), CoCA (Seattle), COCA (St. Louis), Post Gallery (Los Angeles), Howard House Gallery (Seattle), Saltworks (Atlanta), Roq La Rue Gallery (Seattle), Limerick City Gallery (Limerick, Ireland), Museo Raccolte Frugone (Genoa, Italy), UnimediaModern Contemporary Art (Genoa, Italy), Villa Croce Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Genoa, Italy), and HorseHead Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in (Seattle and Belfast, N. Ireland). Miller was a co-founder of SOIL Gallery/Collective (Seattle, Washington), a prominent fifteen year-old Seattle gallery. In addition, Miller was a contributing writer for the book SOIL: Seattle's Artist-Run Gallery 1995 > 2005. This book commemorates, documents, and explores 10 years of activity, thought, and collaboration by prominent artists of the Northwest.

Sean Miller’s six year project is the John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA). Miller, JEMA’s Director/Founder, operates this location variable museum and features exhibiting artists as exhibitors/collaborators. JEMA has exhibited and collaborated with artists such as Yoko Ono, Ben Patterson, John Feodorov, Gregory Green, Kristin Lucas, Arnold Mesches, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Bethany Taylor, Sean Taylor, Sergio Vega, and more. JEMA’s mission is to display and collect innovative and provocative contemporary art and/or offer exhibitions that allow people to think differently about the nature of art and art practice. JEMA’s design allows it to perform and embody numerous aspects of art and art practice in a simultaneous manner. JEMA is a museum, display case, crate, exhibition space, sculpture, photographic series, performance, installation, site-specific project, collaboration and web-based project. It involves nearly all the realms of art practice and the business of art, revitalizing the roles of curator, artist, and viewer.

Miller’s work explores situations, practices, and information that sustain and define existing power structures in contemporary art and politics. His art employs obsessive activities, absurd scenarios, humor, and extreme aesthetics in order to introduce objects and events that question existing categorical and organizational methods within these hierarchal structures. Miller has produced major works and solo exhibitions utilizing photography, painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and web-based work. He values collaboration, collective action, multi-media art, relational aesthetics, and alternative art venues.

Sean Miller's work has been reviewed, published, or broadcast in: New Art Examiner, Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, New York Times, The Nation, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Baltimore Sun, LA Weekly, Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miami New Times, Daytona Beach News-Journal, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, ArtStar “Six in the City” Reality Television, Gallery HD, Dish Network (2008), NVTV Interview, “In Conversation With” Katie Larmour, Northern Visions Media Centre, April 21, 2008. “How to Start Your Own Country” (2009) Documentary by Jodi Shapiro.