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Laura Elayne Miller, MFA

Assistant Professor of Studio Art & VAEM (Intermedia, Photography, Video, Capstone)
MFA, Columbia College, Chicago
Post Baccalaureate, Graduate School of Architecture (GSAPP), Columbia University
BA, Fordham University

Areas of Interest

  • Installation art
  • Video art
  • Photography
  • Filmmaking
  • Mixed media
  • Sculpture
  • Performance art
  • Theatre directing
  • Interdisciplinary pedagogy & praxis
  • Contemporary art history
  • Creative writing
  • Curatorial studies

Professor Miller is an interdisciplinary studio artist, filmmaker, and educator working in New Genres across the visual, media, and performing arts. Her research-based practice is situated within the methodology and praxis of interdisciplinarity. She explores concepts such as memory, experimental cartography, and expanded narratology, incorporating diverse materials, mediums, and technologies to create experiential artworks; primarily installation, video, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and performance. Miller is an active practicing artist whose work has been exhibited, published, screened, and performed across the USA and Europe. A passionate educator, Professor Miller has taught at Art Schools and Liberal Arts colleges in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, developing Contemporary Art programs, devising innovative curriculum, and engaging her students in creative adventure, critical thinking, and professional development towards a wide variety of creative careers.


  • ART 205 Photography
  • ART 230 The Art of Art History
  • ART 319 Mixed Media Photography
  • ART/COMM/THTR 324 Experimental Filmmaking
  • ART 327 Directed Open Studio
  • ART 340 Shadows and Light: A History of Photography
  • ART 427 Topics in Studio Art
  • ART 430 Art as Social Intervention
  • ART 435 Current Trends
  • ART/COMM 480 Senior Interdisciplinary Studio
  • ART 485 Studio Art Senior Capstone

Exhibitions, Screenings, and Performances

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Nomadic Mythologies, Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA

2017 Reading A Wave, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

2013 Past Present Future Perfect, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

2012 Sentient Space, The Mission Projects, Chicago, IL

Solo Performances

2019 Stinky Knits: A Feminist History, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA

2017 Future Speak, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Big Data, Theoretical Archeology Group at Stanford University, California

2018 California Walkscapes, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018 Essence of Threads, a part of Sanctuary by the FOR SITE Foundation at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 2014

2018 Behave, dir. Murat Adash, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL

2018 Finite Growth, Human Thread Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013 Dinner Dance, A House Unbuilt, Chicago, IL

2013 IAA Faculty Exhibition, Dow Art Gallery, Interlochen Center For The Arts, Interlochen, MI Mapping Transparencies

2013 Theoretical Archeology Group & MCA Chicago, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 Memory Map, Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC

2012 Don’t Quit, dir. Jake Myers, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2012 Slide Slam, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

2011 The Art of Forgetting, Stage 773, Chicago, IL

2011 Weisman Exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 An Unquiet Mind: The Untold Story of Isabelle Cadieux, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago 2010

2011 JE=ICI, Albus Lux Gallery, Roosendaal, Netherlands

2011 Sentient City, Studio 205, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2011 The Typist, The Raw Space, Chicago, IL

2011 In Possibility, Studio 205, Columbia College Chicago


2021 Nomadic Mythologies, narrative short

2019 You Sohuld Be Here, music video, Billie Gale

2017 Reading A Wave, experimental 3 channel video

2014 RNA Translation, collaboration with Dr. George Perdrizet II, University of Chicago Department of Biochemistry 2011

2014 An Unquiet Mind: The Untold Story of Isabelle Cadieux, fictional documentary

2010 Re:Verse, dance video (featuring Victoria Baranov), The Galaxie

2010 Memory Machine, experimental narrative

2008 Assassination Journal, feature documentary, Motion Inc / Independent

2006 Auguststrasse 18, experimental, collaboration with band The Clogs, Berlin, Germany

Publications and Art Books

2017 Alternative Modes of Cultural Production, CultureLab, published by the Cultural Research Network & WolfBrown.

2011 Editor & Co-Author, An Unquiet Mind, art catalog / artist book, purchased by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection (Art Institute of Chicago) & the Read/Write Library

Curatorial Work

  • 2017 Research Consultant, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016 Arts Researcher, Common Field, National arts organization
  • 2016 Co-Curator, Omni Fair, Open Engagement Conference off-site event, Birdhouse Art Collective, Oakland, CA
  • 2016 Director of Programming, Read Write Library, Chicago, IL
  • 2013 Curator, Here & Now, Site-Specific Installation Exhibition, Interlochen Center For The Arts, Interlochen, MI
  • 2013 Curator, Frequencies, Performance Art Series, Design Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2012 Project Co-Designer, 20 Neighborhoods, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2012 Curator, Envision//Invasion, Design Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL [Selected Exhibition, Chicago Artists Month]
  • 2012 Sports Infiltrated, Design Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2011 Curator, The Circus Surreal: International Emerging Arts Festival, The Observatory Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2011 Curator, Invisible Cities, Work Studio, Chicago, IL [Selected Exhibition, Chicago Artists Month] Curator, Culture Garden
  • 2011 Festival, Global Café & Community Garden, Chicago, IL 2009 Curator, At Close Distance: Labyrinth of Self, C33 Gallery, Chicago, IL

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association (CAA)
  • Common Field
  • Cultural Research Network (CRN)