Kathy Miller was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and lives and works in southern California. As a child, Kathy spent many hours observing her father, a draftsman, and her grandfather, a carpenter; she learned how things were designed and constructed at an early age. Miller studied art and architecture in high school and college; she co-founded a pattern company; worked as a draftsman; created architectural renderings; and worked as a graphic artist. It is this background, as a child and an adult, that influences her work, which takes its initial inspiration from line.
Working in mixed media, many of Kathy’s sculptural pieces reflect an Asian influence and often display opposing forces at work such as hardness/softness, symbols/concepts and freedom/confinement.
Kathy was a consultant to the San Diego Museum of Art Young Art Biennial “The Art of the Book,” taught book arts classes to teachers at SDMA, and was an SDMA Artist in Residence. She has also taught classes at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, and co-organized and taught in a San Diego Book Arts educational program designed to teach and inspire book arts to children of all ages.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and art centers, including the Mingei International Museum, San Diego; the San Diego Museum of Art; Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla; Benefit Art Auction for the Museum School, Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects, San Diego; Art Produce Gallery, San Diego, and is in over twenty collections throughout the country including Tufts University Library, Boston; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Cincinnati Museum of Art; University of California, Mandeville Special Collections; the Museum of Modern Art, Franklin Furnace Collection, New York; and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.