A new sculpture by artist and Newman University adjunct faculty member Mike Miller was recently installed on the campus of Newman University. The work, “Steel Rhythm,” is on loan to the university for two years by the artist.
The sculpture was installed just north of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center, and is set against the building’s copper wall facing Kellogg. The abstract work, which consists of two “boxes” constructed with steel rods, adds to the campus experience as well as for viewers driving past the university, said Associate Professor of Art Mary Werner, M.F.A.
“As a result of much discussion about how to get more art on campus, Mike offered to loan the work for display,” Werner said. “When planning the new landscaping and pedestrianmall after the Dugan Library was built, the architects created areas that could be dedicated to art. We are hoping for more opportunities to bring sculpture of this quality and workmanship to campus.”
Miller, who teaches sculpture and printmaking at Newman, earned a degree in sculpture from Wichita State University following a successful career in business. He is considered an up and coming force in the local art scene. Miller, who lives near Towanda, Kan., has much of his work nestled into the landscape with wheat fields and old trees in a display that winds through his property.