Bridal Series:
   Red Mandalas
Refrigerator Series:
   Flowery Meads
Growth Type IV
   of Fear

Shaman's Wands/


Mara Miller is a philosopher, abstract painter, and mixed-media / installation artist working in Honolulu. She studied painting and Japanese calligraphy in Japan and at Naropa University. Her background as a professional philosopher and East Asian art historian contributes to the creation of visual and tactile allegories for the complexities of the moral, intellectual and emotional situations of 21st-century life. Mara Miller earned a B.A. at Cornell University as a College Scholar in "Visual and Linguistic Symbol Systems of Asia," a masterís degree from the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan, and her Ph. D. in philosophy from Yale University. She has worked as a tractor-trailer driver, flatbed printer, housepainter, waitress, and secretary, and has taught Asian art to children in public schools and at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Mara has been a professor in the art and/or philosophy departments at several art schools, including Moore College of Art and Design, the University of the Arts, and Drexel University's College of Media, Arts and Design (CoMAD), as well as at private (Drew and Temple Universities) and state universities (the University of Oregon, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rowan University), and private liberal arts colleges (Colorado College, Agnes Scott College, Muhlenberg College and Franklin & Marshall College). She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Emory University 1996-98. Some two dozen of her scholarly articles have been published in the fields of philosophy of art, East Asian art history, womenís studies, and environmental aesthetics, in England, Finland, Germany, Italy, and Poland. Her book, The Garden as an Art, was published by the State University of New York Press. She is a Colorado Master Gardener, and has been a foster parent. She speaks Japanese, and lived in Nagasaki for two years.

Her first group show was with the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City (June 2001). Her paintings are in private collections in Tokyo, New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Tampa, San Francisco; Philadelphia, Media, & Scranton, Pennsylvania; Traverse City and Wolverine, Michigan; Corvallis, Oregon; Pleasantville, Haddonfield, and Audobon, NJ; and (thanks to a donation by the Alumni Group) in the permanent collection of the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Last update: January 25, 2011