Alice Guffey Miller, Arkansas Arts Council, Germany, Governor's Arts Awards, Individual Artist Fellowship Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, Little Rock Free Press, Mars Hall, Pottsdam, Robert red hawk Moore, University of Arkansas at Monticello
Kids love her; contemporaries marvel at her abilities. You may have seen her art around the state or region …. or even in Pottsdam, Germany.
Recently, the Arkansas Arts Council’s judges gave her a 2004 Special Recognition Award for Arts in Education.
According to the brochure for the 2004 Governor’s Arts Awards and Individual Artist Fellowship Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, Alice Guffey Miller’s contribution to the Arkansas art scene includes over 20 years of dedication to empowering communities through art, obtaining grants for student and community art projects, collaborating with students of all ages and adults with disabilities to create historical parades and public art projects, and remaining active at the community, regional and statewide levels to bring art experiences to students and community members of all ages.
In other words, the Monticello resident has been there, done that.
“She’s one of the great unsung art geniuses of our time,” says poet laureate Robert “red hawk” Moore, who nominated Miller for the award. “She is a genius at creating art out of recycled materials. I wanted to see that she got appropriate credit for her work with kids and what she has done for art in this state.”
According to husband Mars Hall, who often collaborates with his wife on installations, Miller never fit in the categories reserved for individual artist awards though she had been nominated several times.
A lot of people in Arkansas think of Alice working with children, but she also works with the community in several ways: senior citizens, disabled, all the people in the community,” Hall says. “She’s definitely a natural resource for the state of Arkansas.”
Artist in Education
At one time, Miller wanted to paint pictures. Partly due to the expense of painting and partly due to her natural talent with three dimensions, Miller turned to sculpting.
“I have to and I want to and I love to (make art),” she says. “It makes me happy. I am so lucky because I love what I do, which makes me love my life. I am forever grateful about this wonderful life I’ve been able to lead.” Continue reading