sfai news

November 21, 2013

SFAI awards prestigious Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship to Allison Miller

The San Francisco Art Institute is pleased to announce that artist Allison Miller has been awarded the 2014 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship.

Established in 1998 by the family of painter Richard Diebenkorn—an alumnus and longtime faculty member of SFAI—the Fellowship generously provides an opportunity for artists to teach at SFAI while having the time and financial support to work in the studio. Through its semester-long structure that includes a residency with studio at Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fellowship not only offers each participating artist an invaluable opportunity to further their own studio work, it also contributes profoundly to SFAI’s engagement with the contemporary art world by enriching the dialogue between students and practicing artists. While in residence, Miller will teach two courses, give a public lecture through SFAI’s acclaimed Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS), and engage with the SFAI community through critiques, academic programs, and activities.

On being awarded the Fellowship, Miller comments:

I am proud and excited to be the newest addition to the list of recipients of the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. The varied and immersive experience that the fellowship is meant to provide will undoubtedly benefit my practice and, hopefully, my students.

Allison Miller views her paintings as sites of accumulated activity where two-dimensional, static objects are suspended in a constant state of flux. Miller’s process causes forms and spaces to appear mutable, forcing adjustments of perception in the viewing experience. It is with this sense of paradox and absurdity that Miller approaches abstraction, provoking each work to see where its visual and experiential edges lie.

Rachel Schreiber, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SFAI, notes:

The faculty who were involved in reviewing applications felt strongly that Allison’s work would be of great interest to our students. Her methods of working with abstraction complement the strengths of our existing faculty. We are very much looking forward to hosting her at SFAI.

On the role of the Fellowship in SFAI’s public programs, Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs, Hesse McGraw, comments:

We are thrilled to welcome Allison Miller to the SFAI community. Her work is clearly at the forefront of contemporary painting and the Fellowship provides not only for deep engagement with our students, but vital opportunities to bring her work and practice to the public.

This spring, Allison Miller will be leading the noncredit course at SFAI The Structured Accident, a five-day painting intensive. This course provides students the opportunity to open up their practices, experiment, and approach making paintings in new ways using risk-taking and chance within a rigorous conceptual structure (March 17–March 21). Learn more: sfai.edu/ace

Since its founding in 1998, the fellowship has been awarded to fifteen artists, including Brad Brown, Shaun O'Dell, Iona Rozeal Brown, Josephine Taylor, Monica Majoli, Polly Apfelbaum, and Liam Everett. View a complete list of recipients here. The 2014 Fellowship was open only to artists who reside in the United States, outside of the Bay Area. The fellowship is awarded in alternate years to Bay Area–only artists.


Allison Miller
Allison Miller lives and works in Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from UCLA in 2001. She is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, and has had multiple solo exhibitions at ACME., Los Angeles. She was recently included in Made in L.A. 2012 organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART, and Painting in Place, curated by Shamim M. Momin and LAND, Los Angeles. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria; Orange County Museum of Art; Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas Art Museum; Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York; and D’Amelio Terras, New York. Her work has been reviewed and/or written about in Artforum, frieze, Flash Art, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic, and the Los Angeles Times.

Miller has taught at UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, Claremont Graduate University, and Art Center College of Design, and has given lectures on her work at various colleges and universities in California and around the country.


Headlands Center for the Arts
Headlands Center for the Arts is situated in a rehabilitated military fort in the Golden Gate National Park, 15 minutes outside of San Francisco. The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program awards residencies to artists from across the globe, working in nearly every artistic discipline. In addition, Headlands presents public programs including artist talks, exhibitions, community dinners, performances, and Open Houses, all toward the goal of facilitating meaningful interaction between artists and the public.


San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides its students with a rigorous education in the fine arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of contemporary art and criticism, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context. Notable past faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Angela Davis, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Catherine Opie, Lance Acord, Barry McGee, and Kehinde Wiley.