Paintings by QVCC President on Exhibit in January
Dr. Robert E. Miller of Pomfret is well known for his stellar academic career in higher education. As the founding president of Quinebaug Valley Community College, he served the institution for 21 years before retiring in 1992. Although he briefly came out of retirement to serve as interim president of Middlesex Community College and teach at the University of Connecticut, the past two decades have allowed him the opportunity to pursue another passion – painting.
Miller’s paintings will be on exhibit in the Spirol Gallery at QVCC from January 8 to 29. A largely self-taught artist, Miller started at a very young age, inspired by two uncles who were artists. “I would sit by their elbows and watch them paint,” he said. He continued to draw inspiration from various local artists including Raymond Holden and Wayne Davis for a hobby he has continued throughout his life.
New England landscapes, ranging from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to northeastern Connecticut and Block Island, are the subjects Miller is drawn to. “Painting is totally relaxing,” he explained. “I don’t have to think about anything else other than what goes on my canvas.”
This is Miller’s first show, an idea that was hatched by his wife Sylvia almost a year ago. Little did he know that in November he would be called back to QVCC to serve as interim president. He was not expecting to be occupying the president’s office upstairs while his artwork was on exhibit downstairs.
The opening reception for the exhibit is Wednesday, January 9, from 6:30-8 pm and the public is invited to attend. Miller hopes that people who visit the exhibit will “take pleasure in relating to the scenes and experience joy in looking at color.” He adds that it might “inspire some to take advantage of the wonderful art program available right here.”