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May 15 - June 27, 2009

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce Tracy Miller as the winner of the 5th Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting.

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce Tracy Miller as the winner of the 5th Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting. Ms. Miller’s large still life paintings feature an abundance of guilty pleasures, “giant whirling picnics with whopping hot dogs, sticky pies, steamed lobsters, Budweiser beer cans, and dancing salt-and-pepper shakers – all in the midst of a frosting-smeared storm.”

Ms. Miller, a native of Storm Lake, Iowa, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA from the University of Iowa in 1989 and an MFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. She is a two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award (2006-07 and 1998-99); the Museum Purchase Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2004), and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Grant (2000-01), among other awards.

 Ms. Miller’s work has been included in over 30 group exhibitions since 1992; the Alexander Rutsch Exhibition will be her sixth solo show. Her most recent one-person exhibit was held at Feature, Inc., New York, NY, in 2007. Her work is included in the public art collections of Microsoft, Deutsche Banc, and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedelia, Missouri, and she has lectured as a visiting artist at Bennington College, Bennington, VT; School of Visual Arts, New York, NY; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; American University, Washington, DC; and Copper Union, New York.

 "I want the paintings to squirt and move and hop,” writes Ms. Miller of these artworks. “The pleasures of the feast commingle with the nauseating aftermath, as areas of the paintings coagulate into representational space and other areas drop off into abstraction. I have been making large-scale still life paintings for over 15 years, and recurring themes include decadence, desire, digestion and piles and piles of guilty pleasure.” 

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Art Talk with Alexi Rutsch Brock and award-winner Tracy Miller on June 2, 2009 from 7:00-8:30pm.

Alexander Rutsch Award and Competition in Painting