Miller Center for Visual Arts

In 2006, Nancy Miller and her family had a vision to create a “center to display contemporary works of art for people to see what is going on in the current art world, to stretch minds, and to expand their interest in the visual arts” on the campus of Urbana University.  With deep roots in Champaign County and a connection to the University, Nancy worked to develop this venue even though she was in failing health.  She did not live long enough to see her art work on display in the newly renovated Browne Hall, but her legacy lives on as the Miller Center for Visual Arts first opened its doors to the public in the summer of 2010.

The first major art exhibition was 26 pieces created over Nancy Miller’s lifetime. The artwork represented her talents in different mediums: oil and watercolor paintings, silk screen, computer generated and digital prints, cast paper, and opit. Also included in the art exhibit were pieces by Mark Chepp, John Kortlander, Harry Schneider, Cynthia Durfey Smith, and R.W. Stokes.

The University continues the Miller family’s vision with fall and spring art exhibits. For information on the calendar of exhibits, contact Steve McInturff at

To view Nancy Miller's work, visit

Urbana University Fall Alumni Art Exhibit

Join the Miller Center for Visual Arts from Aug. 23 – Oct. 3 for an Alumni Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Special receptions will be held on Sunday, Aug. 23 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Featuring Photography from Urbana Alumnus Jim Copes

Jim Copes, a 1976 English education graduate of Urbana University, invested his life in the students of Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, Ohio, teaching English and directing theatrical productions for more than 25 years. Since retiring, he has channeled his creative energy into photography. As a result of his excellent work, Jim has covered Ohio State University football, the Cincinnati Bengals, and a wide variety of professional and secondary school athletic events. The quality of Jim’s portraits, stills, and landscapes has led to requests from individuals, corporations, and organizations for his photographic services.

“Life in Focus” describes the distinct quality of Jim’s artistry. By coupling his special perspectives with his technical expertise, he captures the dynamic details of life typically missed. Jim’s photos display the beauty of life as its elements come into focus.


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