My name is Brenna Miller and I am a University of Lethbridge graduate, currently living in Airdrie, AB. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2012, married a great man soon after I graduated and now I'm a mom to three beautiful girls. Although I don't usually have hours at a time to work on a painting, I'm constantly making art, whether it's finishing a painting bit by bit or taking a few moments to flesh out another stanza of a poem.
I started drawing back in elementary school. There was a picture of a cartoon dragon hanging in the classroom that I copied into my notebook over and over. That's when the other kids starting asking me to draw them stuff.
Since then my interest in cartoons and animation has only grown. I am an avid fan-artist. Making fanart has always been my guilty pleasure (under no circumstance was I allowed to draw cartoons in art class). And though I never handed my art teacher a picture of, say, 'Porky Pig', my drawings still incorporated the colour and strong line-work that I'd grown so fond of in animation.
I also enjoy making simple, everyday objects seem fantastical. In university I became intrigued with bread-fasteners because they are uniquely shaped, come in a great array of colours, and are often inscribed with cryptic text. I made three human-sized bread fasteners out of plywood, and also collected so many of the actual objects that I wove them into bags and blankets and bowls.
I enjoy painting with acrylics, drawing with pencils and pencil crayons, and sculpting figurines out of Super Sculpey (a clay that is soft until baked).
Nowadays I'm also delving into the world of recycle-art and creating sculptures out of "junk materials". My favorite materials include tin can lids, plastic bottle caps, bread fasteners and old toothbrushes.
September 2007- April 2011 BFA University of Lethbridge
May - June 2012 BFA University of Calgary (Visiting Student)
October 2012 Received Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Great Distinction
2010 The Object of My Attention, Juried exhibition, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. Curated by Sandra Dyck.
2011 Out of the Ordinary, Juried exhibition, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. Curated by Emily Falvey
2013 Art in City Hall, Martin Room. April- May, Airdrie, AB
2013 Art in City Hall, Eldridge Room. October-November, Airdrie, AB
2014 Art in Genesis Place. February-March, Airdrie, AB
2016 Imagination Space, Airdrie Public Library Exhibit. May-June. Airdrie, AB
2014 AIRdirondack Art Project Artist, Airdrie, AB
2014 Art in Motion, artwork featured on Bus Pass, January 2015, Airdrie, AB
2015 AIRdirondack Art Project Artist, Airdrie, AB
2016 Art in Motion, artwork featured on bus pass, May 2016, Airdrie, AB
2016 Picnic Table Painting for public parks, Airdrie, AB
2008 George Varzari Sculpture Award, University of Lethbridge
2009 3rd place in “So-Called Real Life” One Minute Video Challenge, Glenbow Museum,
2010 Abbondanza Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Lethbridge
2010 Art Society Award, University of Lethbridge
2011 Excellence in Art Studio Award, University of Lethbridge
2014 Eco Art Award 3rd place winner, Airdrie, AB
2015 Eco Art Award 2nd place winner, Airdrie, AB