Liz Miller is a second-generation fine artist. She creates hair sculptures, sculptural paintings, wearable art, performance art pieces, and film. Her films capture community members and herself performing while adorned with hair sculptures for meaningful transformative movement rituals. The concepts embodied in her work are social justice themes centered around the black experience in America; utilizing both history and Afro-futurism simultaneously balanced within. She considers her work to be a part of a broader black liberation strategy employing black joy and serious play. Her work has been exhibited at various noteworthy institutions including the Delaware Contemporary Museum and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, CA., and internationally (throughout Canada, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, England, Liberia (West Africa), and India). B. A. in Art and Design from Towson University and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been a teaching artist for the last twenty years and currently is an art teacher for a Title 1 school in Baltimore, MD. Guest Lecturer for colleges, including Maryland Insititute College of Art, Johns Hopkins, and Loyola University Maryland.
-Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA, 2020
-Towson University, B.A. in Art & Design, 2017
-Cornerstone University, B.S. in Bible and Youth Ministry, 2006
- Infusion Film Fest, Baltimore, MD
- OverleaArts Film Fest, Overlea, MD
- ‘Value’, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea.
- ‘Her Vision, Her Voice’, Brooklyn Park, MD, Chesapeake Arts Center.
- ‘Cost of Living’, DuPont Underground, Washington D.C.
- ‘Move to Change Dance Fest’, MODARTS Dance Collective, Ny, Ny.
- Vendor- AFROPUNK, Brooklyn, NYC.
- 'The Ties that Bind', IA&A at Hillyer, Washington, D.C.
- ‘Awe’ Womens International Exhibition, Lafenice Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
- 'Infusion Arts Festival', A. Hoehn & Co., Baltimore, MD.
- 'Unveiling Resistance', Comm. College of Baltimore County, Essex, MD
- ‘Laid Bare’ Exhibition, Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University.
- 'Certain Parties or Parties Unknown' Projection project, Arts and Humanities Council of
Montgomery County, Rockville, MD
-Call & Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism, Museum of Craft and Design, San Fran., CA
- Unraveled, Untitled Space, NY, NY
-Unapologetic Conversations: Hair and Nonconformity, Delaware Contemporary Museum,
- Embody, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
- Strand, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
- MICA MFA in Studio Art 2020 Graduates, VisArts, Rockville. MD
- Ritual Cleansing, SOLO SHOW, Harmony Hall Arts Center, Fort Washington, MD
- Works by Desmond Beach & Liz Miller, Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Comm. College,
Bel Air, MD
- Merkin Dream, Maryland Arts Place, Baltimore, MD
- Left Space Pop-Up Exhibition, 1100 Wicomico, Baltimore, MD
- Ways of Seeing, MICA Place and Jubilee Arts, Baltimore, MD
- Hamilton Arts Collective Gallery Group Show, Baltimore, MD
- Sense Gallery (Partner Show), Washington DC
- Inter//Active, Decker Library- MICA, Baltimore, MD
- Medium: Black & White, La Neutra Institute Museum & Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- Civil Rights: Human Rights, Neutra Institute Museum & Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- Gunung Sunda Festival, Sukabumi, Indonesia
- Surrealism Group Show, Elizabeth James Gallery, London, UK
- ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Group Show, Arena Stage, Baltimore, MD
- International Artist Day Show, Artist Compound at XS Restaurant, Balt., MD
We are Hair, SOLO SHOW, Creative York Gallery, York, PA
- GradEx: SOLO SHOW, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
- Grand Opening Art Show, Tooth N’ Nail Café, Baltimore, MD
- Bmore Fun a Day Group Exhibition, Joe Squared, Baltimore, MD
- Artist Compound Group Show, Mount Vernon Marketplace, Baltimore, MD
- Sustainability SOLO SHOW, Melody Café, Baltimore, MD
- Disorder 4 Group Show, MICA, Baltimore, MD
- 21st Annual CDSO Multicultural Organization, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
- ‘Guise Gala & Fundraiser, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
2018 Divine Love and Human Destiny Show, Artists Emporium, Havre De Grace, MD
Juror: Jeff Ball (Art History Professor at Harford Community College) - 3rd Place Award
10th Annual Juried Show, Riverview Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
Juror: Terence Washington (Curator National Gallery of Art)- Honorable Mention Award
1st Year Graduate Juried Exhibition, MICA, Baltimore,MD
Juror: Amanda Jiron-Murphy (Curator Hamiltonian Gallery- DC)
Annual Undergraduate Juried Ceramic Exhibition, MICA, Baltimore, MD
Juror: Cara Ober (editor of Bmore Art)
2017 Solastalgia Juried Show, MICA, Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Towson University, Towson, MD
2022 - 'Drumetry' by Dorothy Adamson Holley, Illustrator: Liz Miller (23 images and the cover).
-The New Yorker, 'How a Forgotten Bit of Infrastructure Became a Symbol of Civic Pride'.
-OBSIDIAN: Lit and Arts of the African Diaspora, Playground Special Issue, Illinois State
2020 -Riot and Roux Magazine, LAND issue, Print and Digital
2019 -Magenta Suite, in-studio book, New Hampshire
2018 -NPR article by Eslah Attar, 8/17/18, (Digital)
-La Casita Grande, lcgeditores.com, 7/22/18, border issue, featured photo of sculpture
‘Bridges, Not Walls’. (Digital)
'Encountering the Past: Transatlantic Slave Trade', Professor Toja Okoh, Loyola College.
'Color Design and Practice', Professor Nikki Brooks, Maryland Institute College of Art.
'Art Worlds'. Professor Kristine Roome, Maryland Institute College of Art.
'Healthcare Activism in Baltimore and Beyond', Professor Alicia Puglionesi, Johns Hopkins
2021 'After Thoughts' Artist Interview with Maryland Delegate Stephanie Smith for Center Stage
in release with ' The Glorious World of Crowns, Kings and Curls' by Keli Goff
MotorHouse, Teaching Artist Interview, 10x10 Exhibit 'Voice'
2020 ‘Illuminated Lunch Voicebox’ with Sarah Magida of Firefly Coaching
Walters Art Museum, IG Live/ Youtube, 12/03/2020
Getting to the truth Podcast (September release)
2018 CreativeHowPodcast.com, featured artist for episode #6, produced by Jed Jecelin
(creative director at Under Armor)
2020 Amicci's Italian Restaurant
Lift Yoga & Strength, Baltimore, MD (‘18-’20)
2018 Lauraville Restaurant, Baltimore, MD (NOV
2017 Starbucks’ Art Wall
- ART21 Educator Fellowship, 2021-2022, 10th cohort.
Hair, a part of all of us. Our skin anchors it in place. We live within its' roots. Hair designs have enjoyed a rich, multi-hemispheric tradition that has spanned the millennia.
Liz Miller's work explores the connection between our roots and contemporary America. Textile, ancestry, and contemporary black culture are her inspirations. Her work takes the form of static installations, artifacts of rituals and/or full-scale performances, films, and social experiments.
Cataloging hair stories since her formative years, Liz celebrates the limitless potential of hair, as it relates to African-American culture. Her sculptural artifacts deployed in her rituals question black body politics while addressing such issues as appropriation, classism, gender, ethnicity, anti-blackness, equity, identity, and commodification. Her performance rituals seek to spiritually cleanse historically traumatic spaces of their energy through the activation of black bodies.