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CBU Gallery Exhibits Retrospective By Sue S. Miller

MEMPHIS — The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) announces the opening of “Creative Fire,” a retrospective exhibition by Memphis painter Sue S. Miller, on October 10. A public reception for the artist will be held that evening in the gallery, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library on the CBU campus, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Miller, who holds a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and a MFA from the University of Memphis, has exhibited widely in the Memphis area and Eastern United States. She is one of the four founders of Artists Link, a local resource and support group for visual artists. Her paintings are in the collections of the Tennessee State Museum, The Tennessee Valley Authority, Moons Internationals and various private collections.

Miller says that the images in her paintings come from dreams and insights. “A particularly vivid dream or significant insight will generate a series of paintings, best appreciated as an essay, with each individual piece extending, amplifying, or enhancing the initial impetus for the work,” she says in her artist’s statement.

Among the series exhibited in the retrospective are the “Woman’s Song” series, which “resulted from a dream of having a mouthful of stars… a dream of such power and beauty that the usual search for meaning continued for more than twenty paintings,” and the “Transmutation” series, which began with another dream and deals with “the sacred wound… that searing event that many of us receive in life.”

Miller’s current work focuses on the calla lily, which she sees as a symbol of life and passing time, to which numbers have been added as an intellectual and compositional contrast. “Numbers count the days, some have a fixed quality which express that which never changes,” she says. “Flowers on other hand are ephemeral, their beauty is in the present moment.”

The exhibition of artworks spanning Miller’s career will be on display in the gallery until December 4.

Also on exhibit concurrently in the foyer of the Ross Gallery is an exhibition of landscape paintings by Bernard Freiden. A reception for Freiden’s exhibition will be held on Sunday, October 12 on the first floor of Plough Library, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Brother Robert Werle at (901) 321-3243 or

Posted by Devon Wade at 3:43 PM