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Miller Center for Visual Arts

A Dynamic Center for Contemporary Art

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In 2006, Nancy Miller and her family had a vision. They wanted 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” – and they wanted Urbana University to house this center. 

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. Nancy did not live to see her art work on display in the newly renovated Browne Hall – but her legacy and memory lives on at Urbana. 

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 oPits. 

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.

View Nancy Miller's work.

Current Exhibit(s)

"Reminisce" Arts Exhibit

Please join us this Thursday, October 19th for the Town and Gown event at the Miller Center for Visual Arts. In the spirit of blending town and gown, This event will honor the memory of Nancy Miller by spotlighting Ohio artists and recognizing retired Urbana faculty.

Doors open at the Miller Center for Visual Arts on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Artists Molly Burke and Nathan Gorgen, will give brief comments about their exhibit "€Reminisce."€ Following the exhibit overview, Dr. Washington will present the official recognition of Dr. Alice Grimes and Dr. Silvia Wirsing-Bryant as Professor Emeriti.

The exhibit is open to the Public Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:00-3:30 p.m., October 19th, 2017-November 11th, 2017. Saturday, October 28th (homecoming) the will be open 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Miller Center for the Visual Arts is located in Browne Hall on the campus of Urbana University.

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