Circles: Works by Emily Miller
February 13 – April 18
MCA brings the street art of Emily Miller, a 2014 graduate of MCA’s Illustration program, into the Alumni Gallery. Miller’s large scale wheatpaste murals can be spotted throughout Nashville, Tennessee from the forgotten side streets of the city’s thriving hub, to the dilapidated structures at its industrial fringes. Miller often prints her illustrations at a small scale using traditional letterpress and screen printing techniques. Her strange and delicate compositions made up of fauns, birds, and wild-flowers blend cuteness with Miller’s mildly sweet brand of humor and a touch of creepiness. When wheat-pasted into the context of urban landscape at a large scale, her illustrations find new meaning, bringing to mind relationships between human development and nature, death and renewal, decay and beauty.
Miller, a child of the farmland of Illinois, is now an illustrator in Nashville. Her artwork can be found in hidden and surprising places throughout the city on old buildings and blank walls. Her work depicting flora and fauna are placed on buildings that have been condemned, forgotten, and abandoned to giving them new life. Miller has used public art to become more invested in the community, working both on small and large scale. She has completed murals for Gibson Guitar, The Nashville Walls Project, and Barboro Alley in Memphis, and recently exhibited work at the Rymer Gallery in Nashville.
Miller’s exhibition runs concurrent with 39. El Nopal in the Main Gallery, and will have a reception on March 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.