FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: October 18, 2002

          Contact: Donna McCracken 206-6716


“Chalice” series is next exhibit at UIS gallery


SPRINGFIELD –Broken Chalice,” new works by Mike Miller, assistant professor of Visual Arts at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will be on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery from October 21 to November 13. An opening reception with the artist is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the gallery. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

This recent series of paintings and drawings uses the image of the chalice, or holy cup, as its point of departure. Emulating the wire-frame techniques and fragmentation of early computer modeling, the works display a fading icon in various stages of pixilated decay.

Miller explains, “On reflection, these incomplete transmissions become symbolic of an individual’s struggle for self-definition and self-expression against an increasingly pervasive mass media. It strikes me that we are all somewhat incomplete ... partial constructions of ideology, emotion, fashion, and fantasy.”

Miller, who joined the UIS faculty this fall, teaches painting and drawing. He earned a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information about the exhibit or the gallery, call (217) 206-6506.