McMillen, Marcia

Marcia McMillen

ELEVATE AGAIN, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
ELEVATE AGAIN, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
THE FROTH, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
THE FROTH, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
GENEROUS, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
GENEROUS, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
ALWAYS MOVING, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
ALWAYS MOVING, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches


Artist Statement

I am an abstract painter working in acrylics. I work with the canvas laid horizontally in order to build up liquid layers of opaque and translucent color over and into each other. Working on a number of pictures at the same time, it’s a process that is intuitive rather than prescriptive and it allows each work to change and grow in response to the others. In the resulting paintings, I strive toward creating a pictorial depth that suggests both the motion of water and the ethereality of atmospheric space. Equally, I am interested in painting’s ambiguous condition, being simultaneously material substance and illusory space.

In many ways, my work is a subjective response to nature. While the paintings are non-representational, they result from spending time outside of my urban living environment, observing and responding to natural phenomena. In particular, my National Park Service residency at Fire Island National Seashore in 2019 gave me time to explore and think about this influence.

McMillen was born in Michigan but has lived all over the United States, from the Deep South to the East and West Coasts. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She studied under “colorist” Vincent Castagnacci.

She resides in a historic neighborhood in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area and is very active in the arts, urban living, and the non-profit community. She enjoys exploring our national parks and international travel.

Curriculum Vitae

The University of Michigan | Stamps School of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts

2019-2020 |  Graydon on Main | Connecting with the Elements | Cincinnati, OH
2017 |  Studio V | Flow 2017 | Cincinnati, OH
2012 |  Spring Brew Café  |  The Girls |  Crescent Springs, KY

2023 |  Lakeside Studio |  May 2023 |  Lakeside, MI
2019 |  Fire Island National Seashore |  September 2019 |  Fire Island, NY

2022 |  Great Meadows Foundation |  Artist Professional Development Grant Recipient |  Critical review of BMA exhibition on Joan Mitchell

2023  |  Lexington Art League | PRHBTN Exhibition | Lexington, Kentucky
2023  |  Fire Island National Seashore | Coastal Connections | Patchogue, New York
2022 | Pour-d | Awakening | Rockford, Michigan
2021 | ADC Fine Arts | Art Comes Alive | Cincinnati, Ohio
2021 | Kentucky State Capital | Team Kentucky | Frankfort, Kentucky
2021 |  Behringer-Crawford Museum |  freshART 2021 |  Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky
2019 |  Grosse Point Artists Association |  Our Rivers, Our Lakes, second place |  Grosse Pointe, Michigan
2018 |  ADC Fine Arts |  Art Comes Alive, purchase award |  Cincinnati, Ohio
2018 |  The Carnegie |  Swap |  Covington, Kentucky
2018 |  Stamps Gallery University of Michigan |  Future Forward |  Ann Arbor, Michigan
2018 |  124 East Pike Street Gallery |  Spring 2018 | Covington, Kentucky
2017 |  124 East Pike Street Gallery |  Holiday Group |  Covington, Kentucky
2016 |  University of Cincinnati Health |  Survivor: A Journey of Courage & Healing  |  Cincinnati, OH
2015 |  Work Gallery |  Puzzles, Riddles and Enigmas |  Ann Arbor, Michigan
2015 |  Art Design Consultant   |  ACA   Cincinnati, OH
2013 |  Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati|  Annual Show |   Mariemont, OH
2012 |  Pop Revolution | The Kiss | Cincinnati, OH

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