Daniel Wayne Miller

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Most Recent Affiliation / Department / Job Title:

  • University of Iowa, Assistant Professor

Past or Other Affiliation / Department / Job Title:

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA 2019

    Daniel Miller integrates robotics, media and electronics, exploring systems and ecologies. Assistant Professor of Emerging Technologies/Sculpture, The School of Art & Art History, University of Iowa, USA. Education: MFA, 1997, S.A.I.C. in Time Arts, Chicago, IL; BA Sculpture, 1994, Hope College, Holland, MI. (USA). International Exhibitions include: : ISEA2017, ISEA2016, ISEA2012, ISEA97, iDEAS exhibition at International Digital Media Arts Association 2017 Conference, Washington DC and 2016, Winona, MN, International Festival of Electronic Art 404, Basel, Switzerland and Trieste, Italy; Tweak, Interactive Art & Live Electronic Music Festival, Limerick, Ireland. danmillerart.com


    Daniel Miller creates generative forms that use an array of technologies, integrating code and mechanical form to investigate space, ecology and the contemporary landscape. His projects have been investigating various ecologies and our relationship to the environment and landscape. This artwork creates points of access where the viewer can contemplate on their surroundings. Through the use of electronic media Miller is able to explore the multi dimensional landscape. With the use of motion, light and sound he is able to activate space and engage the viewer’s senses in a dynamic way.

    Incorporating contemporary mechanical & digital technologies allows Daniel Miller’s ideas to interface the physical world in real time. Time is an essential component in his work. Through the use of code he is able to sequence and control timing of events in his artwork. Miller’s artwork reflects the fact that we live in a transitional environment. The machines used in his artwork act as surrogate performers allowing him to investigate durational compositions.

    Experimentation is integral to Daniel Miller’s process. He will spend a significant amount of time testing, developing and understanding his subject matter before engaging in the physical creation of artwork. Miller has an ongoing investigation of complex relationships that exists in our world. Through his artwork he is able question conventional use of materials and processes. Miller is interested in the parallels that can be drawn between mechanical systems and the natural world.

    Daniel Miller integrates robotics, media and electronics, exploring systems and ecologies. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in Dimensional Practice/Sculpture at The School of Art & Art History and he is also a member of the Public Digital Arts faculty cluster at University of Iowa. He teaches sculpture courses that integrate robotics, mechanical fabrication and electronics. Previously, he was Adjunct Associate Professor, Art & Technology Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997-2014. Miller received his MFA in 1997 from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in Time Arts, he received a in BA Sculpture in 1994 from Hope College, Holland, MI.


    Miller was affiliated with The School of The Art Institute of Chicago as an instructor in the Art and Technology Department, Fall 1997. Received: M.F.A. 1997 from The School of The Art Institute Chicago; B.A. 1994 from Hope College. Also studied with the Great Lakes College Association’s New York Arts Internship, 1993. Exhibited: Gallery 2, Chicago, IL; DePree Art Gallery, Holland, MI; The Crux Gallery, Saugatuck, MI. Awarded: The Herman Miller Art Award; The Holland Area Arts Council Award.


Last Known Location:

  • Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America


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