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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