Born in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1978, Ryan Peter Miller was destined for existence. From his physical conception in the latter months of 1977, his parents knew they were having a baby. And so he was. The stars had conspired to deliver this formative man-child to the physical plane in time to see The Empire Strikes Back in the theater. This fortuitous event certainly secured his righteous place in dorkdom. As a frequently friendless nerd, Ryan developed an unusually close bond with his pets and animals at large. It was also his latent nerd tendencies that drew him towards the solitary act of art making. From Indiana to Georgia to Arizona to Chicago, Ryan has committed himself to making sense of the senseless through paint and occasional spells of hard work. He is terribly humble and audaciously modest: and through it all he has never failed to lose sight of his own magnificence.

Photo Credit: Peter Bugg

Photo Credit: Peter Bugg


Visiting Assistant Professor         Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

Arizona State University              2008             MFA           Drawing and Painting

University of Georgia                   2001             BFA            Drawing and Painting


2013          Inverse Conversations, Renmin University, Bridge Gallery, 798 District, Beijing, China

                  Stand so Close to Me, Hatch Projects, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL 

                  DAD, Bloomsburg University, Haas Gallery of Art, Bloomsburg, PA

                  From the Sidelines, Night Gallery, Tempe, AZ

                  ASKII 4, Elastic Arts Foundation, Chicago, IL

                  Venn Diagram, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

                  Of the Surface of Things, H.F.Johnson Art Gallery, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

                  Fight Night, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2012          The Problem with Pigment, Purdue University, Reuff Gallery, West Lafayette, IN

                  Freedom of Expression, The Greenwich, Cincinnati, OH

                  MDW Fair, Co-Prosperity Sphere Booth, Chicago, IL

                  Triangulation, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

                  1000 Journals Project w/ 100+ Journals, Gallery@theLibrary, Scottsdale, AZ

                  Venn Diagram, Southern Oregon University, SU Gallery, Ashland, OR

2011           Mark Making, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ

                  Magnitude 7, MANIFEST, Cincinnati, OH

                  Horsing Around, Transitory Spaces, Helena, MT

                  Schrödinger's Menagerie, Artlink A. E. England Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

                  New Faculty Exhibit, Hedberg Gallery, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

                  Brutal Pyramid, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA

                  Four Square, Squeeze Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2010          Why Can’t it be What it Wants to be?, CPA PVCC Gallery, Paradise Valley, AZ

                  Optimistic American Discords, Werkstattgalerie, Berlin, Germany

                  Open for Business, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

                  Cacophonic, RAID Projects, Los Angeles, CA

                  Action (un)Packed: Abstraction After Action. Commonspace. Los Angeles, CA

2009          Do I have to paint you a picture?, Six Squared, Mesa, AZ

                   AIN’TING, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ

                   Bookish, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Juror Gary Martelli

                   North American Graduate Art Survey, U of M, Minneapolis, MN, Juror Christopher Atkins

                   Night Gallery Group Exhibition, Tempe, AZ

                   Art Detour, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ

                   Offhand, Gallery 100, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

                   Love Letters, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ

2008          AIN’TING: Master’s Thesis Exhibition, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

                   Juried All Media Exhibition. Palos Verdes Art Center. Palos Verdes, CA

                   MFA Juried Summer Exhibition. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Juror Dennita Sewell

                   Mass Consumption, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, Juror Greg Escalante

                   Mosaic, Museum of Anthropology, ASU, Jurors Claire Schneider and John Spiak

                   Big Ideas Small Frames, Dinnerware Artspace, Tucson, AZ

                   6X6, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ

                   ABBA (A Buncha Book Artists): TXT MSGS, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

                   Night Gallery Group Exhibition, Tempe, AZ

                   Number Ones, LAS Gallery, Phoenix, AZ


2013           Hatch Projects Resident, Chicago, IL

2011            100+ Journals Project, Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale, AZ

                   Maricopa Community College Professional Development Grant

2010           IN FLUX, Scottsdale Public Art Grant, Scottsdale, AZ

2009          Vermont Studio Center Resident, Johnson, VT

2008          MFA Now Juried International Painting Competition Award Winner


April 4, 2013       Kenosha News, Carthage Faculty’s Turn to Shine, Bill Robbins

Oct 12, 2012       Journal & Courier, Reuff Galleries full of thought-provoking images, Lauren Sedam

July 30, 2012     Site95.org, Featured Artist

Aug 11, 2011        Culture Seen, Gallery Visit – Ryan Peter Miller, Christopher Jagmin

July 21, 2011       Phoenix New Times Blog, Modified Arts’[…], Robrt L Pela

May 26, 2011      Phoenix New Times Blog, Ryan Peter Miller’s Studio of Paint, Jessica VanZalen

May 7, 2011        Go See Art, Digging Paint

March 1, 2011      Phoenix New Times Blog, PechaKucha […], Wynter Holden

Feb 10, 2011       Phoenix New Times Blog, Jackalope Ranch, Ryan Peter […], Jessica VanZalen

2008                  SPARK, Pop Culture, Maria V. Pina, Volume 3 Issue 1 

Dec 22, 2008     Phoenix New Times Blog, Arty Girl: "Ain'ting" by Ryan Peter Miller at Eye Lounge

Dec 6, 2008       AZCentral.com, 1/2: First Fridays: Q&A with artist Ryan Peter Miller

June 12, 2008    New Times, Modern art takes on mass culture in 2 new exhibits, Albert Ching

April 7, 2008      Craftzine.com

2002                  New American Paintings, Issue 40

2002 Fall            The International Economy