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Nationally acclaimed for her imaginative allegorical paintings of animals and nature, Melissa W. Miller is an iconoclastic artist who has worked outside of prevailing artistic styles and movements since the mid-1970s. Widely known for paintings using wildlife behaviors as metaphors for human observations and dilemmas, she creates work in a variety of media that focuses on the harmful ways humans are altering the environment and endangering animal habitats. She has exhibited work at major museums in America and was the first native-Texan female artist to be included in the prestigious Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, and Corcoran Biennial.

Miller has received numerous honors including three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and an award from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. She was selected "Texas State Visual Artist of the Year" by the Texas Legislature and has also received awards from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Art League of Houston, the Dallas Visual Arts Association, and the National Council of Arts Administrators. Her work has been collected by prominent museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Miller lives and works in Austin, Texas.

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