Debora Anne Miller

 

DM1cDebora Anne Miller, a photographic artist who made her home in Minneapolis, MN, died of breast cancer on February 28, 2013. She was 46.

Born a twin into a large family in Portland, Maine on June 7, 1966, she grew up largely in the western United States. She graduated from Wallace High School in Wallace, ID, in 1984 and went on to study international relations at Macalester College in Saint Paul.

After moving to Minneapolis she soon met and fell in love with John Andrew McQuigg of Ohio. They were married in 1992 and settled in the Seward neighborhood. In 2000, she gave birth to their son, Roan Zane McQuigg, whom she lovingly referred to as her Magnum Opus.

An artist who often found the sublime in the mundane, Deb transcended her six-year battle with breast cancer time and time again to create beauty through her photography and installation works. Major works include the solo installation with projection called “Accretion” at ARThouse New London (2009); “MURMUR,” a large-scale interactive projection presented as part of the first Nuit Blanche festival (Northern Spark 2011); and her exploration of twinship in “I’m not me, she’s over there” at the Susan Hensel Gallery (2013). She shared her ideas about her work on her blog at http://artsquall.wordpress.com.

Her parting has left a hole in the hearts of many, who take solace in her clarity of purpose, her embrace of joy, and her love of life. She will be dearly missed and always remembered by her husband of 21 years, Andy, and their 12-yr-old son, Roan; her parents, Martha Calabretta and Joseph H. Miller IV, and stepparents, Bennie Calabretta and Dana Roberts; her seven siblings: Joseph Miller V, Patrick Miller, her twin sister Rebecca Miller, John Miller, Ben Calabretta, Lisa Calabretta, and Noe Roberts; many beloved aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends.

Deb’s keen eye, loving embrace, robust humor, and joyful outlook will carry us through our saddest and happiest days. She will be celebrated at a memorial gathering and wake March 30, 2013 in Minneapolis (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/debmiller ).

In lieu of flowers, the family is looking for support to endow an arts grant to be developed in honor of Deb (Donate). Donations can also be made in her name to the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center ( http://tinyurl.com/DMTribute ).

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Memorial and Wake

March 30, 2013
Family and friends will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Debora Anne Miller, June 7, 1966 – February 28, 2013, at two events on March 30, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN.

Memorial
10:30 a.m: Cowles Conservatory at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis, MN
http://garden.walkerart.org/visit.wac
map: http://goo.gl/maps/Cev5B
site map: sculpture_garden Wedding Sites Map

Wake
4:00 p.m. and into the night
Future home of Mother Earth Gardens Northeast:
2318 NE Lowry Ave (corner of Stinson Blvd and NE Lowry)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/ukXgn
Parking is available on south side of Lowry, both sides of Stinson and on side streets within walking distance such as McKinley to the west of the future store.

In lieu of flowers, the family is looking for support to endow an arts grant to be developed in honor of Deb
(click the Donate menu above for more information).

Donations can also be made in her name to the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center at http://tinyurl.com/DMTribute.

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Help Us Honor Deb Through Art

When Debora Anne Miller passed away on February 28, 2013, we also lost her artistic vision. Her family would like to honor her commitment and love of art by creating a grant in her name, perhaps in partnership with an arts organization. It will take some time to develop this idea, but we want to offer everyone the opportunity to contribute to the fund if they wish. To learn more, click the Donate menu above.

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Debora Anne Miller 1966 – 2013

Our dear sweet Deb has passed away after her long battle with cancer.

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Deb and Roan 2005, happier times

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Dark As Night

Awake, quite, at 2:30 am. What to do? Make a picture:
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Reception Friday!

My Show is up until February 22:

Debora Miller’s installation I’m Not Me, She’s Over There, and its companion outdoor piece Horizon Grid (viewable 24/7), is up until February 22nd at Susan Hensel Gallery. Open Mondays 10-5, and by generous appointments.

Please join us:
Closing Reception & Conversation with Debora Miller, moderated by Julia E. Babb, February 22, 2013, 7-9pm

Only a few days left before my show closes. Tomorrow the gallery will be open and on Friday we are holding a Dessert Reception and Conversation. Hope you can make it…

Below, few images from the show: 20130217-182213.jpg

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Winter Reflections

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The thing I love about the windows at Susan Hensel Gallery is how they interact with the neighborhood in the daytime. Here, an excellent shot from my pal Julia. The effects adjust with the light. A never ending parade.

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February 14, 2013 · 1:51 pm

Things to Do

Backlit Shadow Greenery #2, February 3, 2013

Backlit Shadow Greenery #2, February 3, 2013

Art Happenings in the frozen Twin Cities: I hope you get a chance to check out the upcoming exhibit Framing the Field at St. Catherine University, a selection of images from the collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Curated by George Slade, it lists an impressive array of talent. Here is info on the opening reception on February 9th – and lecture on March 14th.

My Show is up until February 22: 

Debora Miller’s installation I’m Not Me, She’s Over There, and its companion outdoor piece Horizon Grid (viewable 24/7), is up until February 22nd at Susan Hensel Gallery. Open Mondays 10-5, and by generous appointments.

Please join us:
Closing Reception & Conversation with Debora Miller, moderated by Julia E. Babb, February 22, 2013, 7-9pm

Follow me at my Twitter handle @artsquall .

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Post 366: Dreamy Reflections

Shadow Greenery #1, January 31, 2013

Backlit Shadow Greenery #1, January 31, 2013

A challenge taken, and met. A journey made. This past 366 days have been instructive, challenging and inspiring. I met my goal of integrating art practice into my every day. I learned how some times, it is great to go ahead and work fast…see what happens. And that sometimes, I prefer more time. Photography and photographic art can seem like it should be instantly accomplished, but like all art, it demands its process, thought, rework and play. More soon.

Show Info: Debora Miller’s installation I’m Not Me, She’s Over There, and its companion outdoor piece Horizon Grid (viewable 24/7), is up until February 22nd at Susan Hensel Gallery. Open Mondays 10-5, and by generous appointments.

Please join us:
Closing Reception & Conversation with Debora Miller, moderated by Julia E. Babb
February 22, 2013, 7-9pm

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Post 365: New Directions

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Moving forward after tomorrow….I will be keeping the blog going- though not as a daily affair- and I will also be using Twitter to share ideas and images. You can follow me at my Twitter handle @artsquall and see how it develops.

Show Info: Debora Miller’s installation I’m Not Me, She’s Over There, and its companion outdoor piece Horizon Grid (viewable 24/7), is up until February 22nd at Susan Hensel Gallery. Open Mondays 10-5, and by generous appointments.

Please join us:
Closing Reception & Conversation with Debora Miller, moderated by Julia E. Babb
February 22, 2013, 7-9pm

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