Keith Millman

Nobody has made the work I need to make, yet.

I keep asking, “What else can the camera do?” in the service of exploring relationships and landscapes, two themes persisting though forty-five years of making pictures. Working in series, I rely on the camera and its ability to record detail and light. Digital refinements extend the capabilities of the medium, but mostly I use the camera to encourage and provoke the imagination, shooting ambiguous spaces or subjects. I employ long exposures transforming scenes that are factually real into fictionally delightful photographs.

Resumé

Professional Teaching

  • Professor, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), Department of Art, Dryden, New York (Fall Term 2003–2024)
  • Assistant Professor, Ithaca College, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Department of Cinema and Photography, Ithaca, NY (2001-2002, 2002-2003)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Cornell University, Department of Art, Ithaca, NY (Summer Session 2000-2002)

Grants

  • Innovation Fund Grant Tompkins TC3, Mobil Stories (2009 -2010)
  • Community Arts Partnership Artist Grant, SMILE Project (October 2004)
  • Cornell University, Council for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant, Intergenerational Photography Project You as Me, (1999-2000 academic year)

Awards

  • SUNY Chancellor/Trustee award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, (2010)
  • Best of Show, Made in NY Group Show, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY (March to May 2013)

Selected Exhibitions

  • Pictures From My Boat, (solo exhibition) Greyhaven Gallery. Landscape photographs taken from my canoe. Ithaca, New York (January – February 2023)
  • 33rd Annual Juried Photography Show, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York. Pictures from the Cauldron series. (June 2022)
  • Made in NY, Schweinfurth Gallery, Auburn, New York. Pictures from the Firefly Evenings series. (March to May 2022)
  • This Means, Instagram. 228 drawings made in collaboration with my daughter Mathea Millman. (2019)
  • F is for Fake, Greyhaven Gallery. Group show of early 20th century art forgeries as part of an exhibition of post-truth images. Ithaca, New York (June – July 2018)
  • Seeing Double: Stereoviews from the Collection, The History Center. Collaboration with Randi Millman-Brown on an exhibition of nineteenth century stereo views from the History Center Collection. Ithaca, New York (March – April 2017)
  • The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran, San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery in the War Memorial Veterans Building, San Francisco, California. (November 2016 – March 2017)
  • The New Portrait, Bishop Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (October 2014)
  • Projection Series, (Solo show), Community Arts Partnership Gallery, Ithaca, New York (November 2013)
  • Water Views: Historic Images of Ithaca in 3D, Found in Ithaca (The Gallery @ Found), Ithaca, New York (September 2013)
  • Made in NY 2013, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (Best of Show), Auburn, New York (March 2013 – May 2013)
  • CSMA Open Show, Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, New York (December 2012 – January 2013)
  • The Eye Habitat Series, (Solo show) Cornell University, Mann Library Gallery, Ithaca, New York , (April 2011)
  • A Month of Dreaming: A Collection of Photographs and Animations, A personal exploration of singular visual ideas using photographs and animations collected in a self-made book (July 2010)
  • The Eye Habitat Series, (Solo show), Atrium Gallery, Corning Community College, Corning, New York (September – October 2009)
  • Light Fantastic, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, New York (June – July 2009)
  • Carousel, Public viewing of current artwork, showed five of my contemporary art works; sponsored by The Working Relationship Ithaca, New York (May 2009)
  • SUNY Faculty Show, SUNY Albany, New York (August – September 2007)
  • National Photography ’06, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, New York (October – November 2006)
  • SMILE Project, Community sign project, Collaborative Project with David Estes, Ithaca, New York (2005)
  • Shelter, Collaborative Project with David Estes, Women’s Community Building, Ithaca, New York (September 2004)
  • Iraq Clothes Project, 17 people hand-sewed a cloth label with their picture on it into a donated piece of clothing for the Iraq relief effort (June 2004)
  • Annual Juried Photography Show, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York (January 2004)
  • Group Art Faculty Show, Ithaca College, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, New York (October – November 2002)
  • Digital 2001: Our Sci-Tech World, (Art & Science Collaborations) New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York; The Silicon Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (September 2001- April 2002)
  • Group Art Faculty Show—A Priori, Ithaca College, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, New York (January – April 2001)
  • Group Art Faculty Show, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Department of Art. Dryden, New York (October – November 2000)
  • You as Me, Cornell University, Tjaden Gallery (Council for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant Show), Ithaca, New York (August 2000)
  • Family Fragments, Unitarian Church, Ithaca, New York (April 1998)
  • Oregon Reservoirs, Ithaca College, Roy H. Park School of Communications, (Solo show), Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York (December 1994 to January 1995)
  • The Family Seen, San Francisco Camerawork group show, San Francisco, California (October-November 1993)
  • Juried California College of Arts and Crafts Photography Exhibition, San Francisco Camerawork, Group Show. San Francisco, California (April 1993)
  • MFA Group Exhibition, Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California (April 1993)
  • Apparent Transformations, Gallery 3, California College of Arts and Crafts, MFA exhibition, Oakland, California (March 1993)
  • Bay Area Graduate Student Photography, SF Camerawork, Group Show, (San Francisco, California (October – November 1993)
  • Recent Acquisitions: Photography, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon (May-July 1988)

Education

  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, (MFA, Photography)
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, (BFA, Visual Design/Photography)

Work in Collections

  • Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
  • Preus Museum, Horten, Norway

Books

  • The Immortal Imagination: The 22nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment in War and Peace, Published by M.T. Publishing Inc., 2016. (co-authored with John Sheehan)
  • I Came from Out of the Blue, Self–published book. Inadvertent poignancy and poetry from dementia. (2022)

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4 Responses

  1. I’m attracted to the uniqueness of his approach and the images. To me he achieves his goal, ” encourage and provoke the imagination”. And his professional background is impressive with many skills that the gallery can use.

  2. very interesting and (to me) unusual pieces… As Diana says, it might be interesting to have him as a member.

  3. These photographs are amazing. Seeing them enlarged is a very different experience than seeing them small. There are details, and movements, and a feeling of being right there exposed to violent forces. His work is very different from our membership, and from his long resume and the titles of his shows, it seems that he has a lot of different ideas and subjects. I think he would make an exciting and unpredictable addition to our gallery.

  4. Most experienced of the group and the most shows. Grant writer! Not fond of the photos presented though.

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