DIALOGUE is a collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA). Artist Members from the CCA are invited to pair the work they create with art currently on view at The Grace and speak about the connections between the two. The next artists to present will be husband and wife team Larry Millar and Kathie Walker-Millar. They will be creating a dialogue between their work and the work of artist-couple Harry Geffert and Linda Ridgway (currently on view in the main gallery).
Larry Millar grew up in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and moved to Abilene, Texas in 1982. He completed an art degree at Fresno State University in California and studied painting with Terry Allen, a renowned artist and musician. He has exhibited in California, Houston, Austin, Albany, Dallas and Fort Worth (he was represented by William Campbell Gallery), as well as, Abilene. He was an original member of the Artists League of Texas now the Center for Contemporary Art. He taught art at Cooper High School for 20 years before joining the faculty at Premier High School and developing their art program. Millar’s work has ranged from natural dyes on paper to 72-million-year old tree tissues imbedded in wood sculptures.
Kathie Walker-Millar is a Professor of Art at McMurry University. A natural born Yankee from Rochester, New York, Kathie migrated to Mexico with the monarchs when her father, an engineer for Kodak, was transferred there; and she graduated from high school in Guadalajara. Professor Walker-Millar earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics and a Master of Education from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth; and a Master of Fine Art in Ceramics and with a minor in Photography from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Kathie taught at Texas Christian University before coming to McMurry University in 1992. She continues to be an actively exhibiting artist, travels as much as possible, and lives in Abilene with her artist husband, Larry Millar, and their pets; with three daughters and seven grand kids nearby.
HOW THEY MET
J Brough Miller, retired Professor of Ceramics at Texas Woman’s University, actually is the one I hold responsible for my marriage to Larry Millar and moving to Abilene! He introduced us. I had an assignment in graduate school at Texas Woman’s University in Susan Kae Grant’s professional practices photography course to shoot outdoor sculpture and was bemoaning that I had to be in Abilene that same weekend for a meeting. J Brough Miller laughed and said he was in an outdoor sculpture show in Abilene that weekend! OMG! So he said to meet him for breakfast at the hotel; and who should I meet but the president of the Outdoor Sculpture Committee, a certain blue-eyed artist and art teacher, Larry Millar. The rest is history, we’ve been married 27 years, and I have been teaching full-time at McMurry University for 26 years.
I was staying at the Kiva Inn in Abilene and on my way from an early swim before going to a meeting, when saw J Brough Miller eating breakfast; I stopped by the table and he introduced me to the head of the Outdoor Sculpture Show, Larry Millar. Larry invited me to shoot photos of the Outdoor Sculpture show and join him for the reception that evening.