Alumni Master Class with Keith Miller: Looking at Seeing, Thinking About Making
In every industry, the path to a final product is often circuitous, messy and surprising. The process of creative labor - the act of making - is crucial for success but never guarantees a final product at all. The essential task becomes how to avoid and overcome the many pitfalls and to strengthen your creative confidence along the way.
With an eye to a range of creative practices, this informal conversation will look at the artistic process, what happens along the way to a final product, and how best to position a realized product. You are encouraged to come with specific challenges, impossible projects and otherwise "unrealistic" goals.
Curator, Gallatin Arts Festival Visual Arts Advisor, Adjunct Professor
Keith Miller is a filmmaker, painter and curator. A member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, he made his first short film in 2004. His first feature length film, WELCOME TO PINE HILL, which The NY Times' AO Scott called "resonant and powerful," premiered in 2012 at the Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win a total of five Jury prizes. It is distributed in the U.S. by Oscilloscope, and in Europe, Latin America and Canada by Sundance International. His second feature, FIVE STAR will premier this April at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Living and working in Brooklyn since 2001, his paintings and photographs have shown in galleries around the world. The most recent show was a painting and video installation at the Open Source gallery in Brooklyn in 2013 entitled Trees.
Since 2009 he has been the Curator of the Gallatin Galleries, encouraging work that engages the personal with the political. He has curated over twenty thematic and individual artist shows.
He is currently a professor at New York University's Gallatin School, where he teaches at the intersection of social thought, visual culture, art theory, and practice.