Professor Richard Kirk Mills

Art Department Printmaking Workshop: (516) 299-2401

email: rmills@liu.edu web: http://www.richardkirkmills.com

 

BE WELL RED

TEACHING

I have a great deal of experience teaching printmaking and painting both here at Post and at the Pratt Graphics Center, and so am keenly attuned to these first loves.

I direct the Post Printmaking Workshop at The Old Powerhouse and consider it one of the most creative-conducive spaces an artist can find. Part of my teaching philosophy is centered in creating an energetic and supportive creative work environment. You are welcome to explore the facilities here: please take advantage of staffed, open workshop times. Tool sets range from papermaking through intaglio, monotypes, screenprinting, photo process, copiers to digital. However as you may note from my practice, my interests are far ranging, including environmental artwork/social activism. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses. In the MFA/MA programs I'm interested in working with advanced students who are on a path to self awareness and who would like to work toward finding the forms and ideas that can connect with the world. Printmaking experience is not a prerequisite. If you have clarity and momentum, I’ll get out of your way and support you; if you need focus, I’ll help supply the lenses.

For MFA graduate students, meeting alternate weeks for critiques in your studio provides you with enough time and independance to move your work along. My influences, affinities and theoretical foundations are fairly well represented in an eclectic, multi-discipline bibliography available upon request: contact me at rmills@liu.edu.

I look forward to meeting you!

PRACTICE

I am an environmental artist/activist. (Please visit: http://www.richardkirkmills.com for an overview of professional highlights, history, projects, proposals and resource links.)  My work as an artist has evolved over the past thirty years from studio oriented, painted and printed representations of landscape, to an aesthetic that attempts to reconnect people to fragmented and damaged urban places through a public art process of responsive narration, interpretation, education and community engagement. Thinking back, I attribute my involvement with place – and in particular “the wet landscape” – to my first years in Bay Park, on a canal on the south shore of Long Island.  Bearing witness to the rapid decline of water quality and habitat as Nassau County’s explosive developement consumed the land was part of this experience.

I am currently working on three projects and welcome the input and participation of advanced students.

As Teaneck Creek Conservancy artist in residence, I am working with the education, environmental, arts communities and local governments on a team of artists, landscape architects, engineer, urban wetlands scientists and wildlife biologist to reclaim and re-story a 46 acre former landfill in northern New Jersey. A 1.5 mile trail system, wetlands restoration, interpretive kiosk and overlooks, place responsive art are among components I have helped conceive. Please see http://www.teaneckcreek.org for more background.

Hackensack River Stories (1998-ongoing), print “signworks” for public places along the threatened Hackensack River in northern New Jersey, narrate non-linear stories of place through the re-presentation of local visual and textual artifacts gathered through interviews and historical research. Densely layered outdoor collages present information through comparative historic and contemporary maps, photographs, oral histories, drawings and satellite images.

Broad Street Stories (Broad Street, Newark train station). 2003 commission from NJ Transit and NJSCA. 19 densely collaged, porcelain enamel signworks that seek to connect the transportation public to local history and the surrounding community’s continuing vitality will be completed in 2007. The neighborhood was the site of the 1967 riots.