Robin J. Miller

Artist, Author, Poet, Educator
Public Speaker

Resident Artist
Zion Union Heritage Museum, Hyannis, MA

Robin J. Miller was born in New York City. Her earliest years were spent in Queens, NY with her parents, Benjamin and Roberta Boozé and her younger brother, Barry.  At the age of 13, they relocated to Co-op City in the Bronx. She attended and graduated from Evander Childs High School.

After high school, Robin continued her education.  She received a B.S. in early childhood education from Baruch College and an M.S. in learning disabilities from Lehman College.  While studying guidance counseling at Fordham University and receiving 21 credits in the program, she realized that her dream was to pursue a career in the arts.  She then decided to study fine art at a variety of schools including the New York School of Interior Design, Parson’s School of Design, Manhattanville College, College of New Rochelle and LaGuardia Community College’s Sabbatical Program for teachers.

Robin retired from the NYC school system after a little more than 30 successful and joyous years of teaching. She was a special education teacher for the first half of her career and ended as a highly celebrated art educator.  During her years as a teacher of visual arts, Robin became a facilitator for NYC’s Blueprint for the Arts and earned the honors of both NYC and NY State Region 8 Art Educator of the Year. She has conducted art workshops for teachers across the city in many venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA – the Museum of Modern Art.

Robin has also developed as a professional artist, author, illustrator and poet. In 1992 she created a print ad for Pepsi honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. under the pseudonym, r.j. scribbles.  She is currently a resident artist at the Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis, MA where mixed media collage quilts from her book, Rhythms of a Faithful Journey are on exhibit. She co-authored this book with her husband, James W. Miller. Robin specializes in African American Heritage art and poetry. Paintings from her book, A Humble Village, have been exhibited in the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the African American Museum of Hempstead, NY.

None of this could be possible, if not for God’s Grace and the support of a loving family that definitely includes her mother who has always been a beacon of light, faith and encouragement.  She also credits her St. Albans Congregational Church family for their support and continuous opportunities for inspiration. She and her husband James have residences in Bronx, NY and Marstons Mills, MA.

Education
  1. 1997 -1998 LaGuardia Community College, Sabbatical Visual Arts Program
  2.  1981 -1982 Herbert S. Lehman , Bronx, NY, MS in Learning Disabilities
  3. 1973 -1978 Bernard Baruch College, NY, NY. BS. Early Childhood Educ.
  1. Studied Art at: Parsons School of Design, NY.NY
    NY School of Interior Design, NY, NY
    Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Certification

NY City License – Fine Arts in Day School
NY State Certification in Visual Arts
NY State Certification in Special Education

Solo Exhibits
  1. 2017 Wilbrahaim Monsoon Academy
  2. 2016 L. Hughes Library, Queens, NY
    Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT
    Elms College, Chicopee, MA
  3. 2012 Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  4. 2011-12 African American Museum Hempstead, NY
  5. 2009 Museum of Arts and Culture, New Rochelle, NY
  6. 2006 BCC Hall of Fame Gallery, CUNY, Bronx, NY
  7. 2003-08 St Albans Congregational Church, Family Life Center, Queens, NY
  8. 2000 Simone’s Gallery, Pelham, NY
  9. 1999 Greenburgh Library, Greenburgh, NY
Group Exhibits
  1. 2017 Cotuit Art Center, Cotuit, MA
  2. 2014 Cotuit Art Center, Cotuit, MA
  3. 2013 Present Zion Union Heritage Museum, Hyannis, MA
  4. 2009 Mount Vernon Library, Mt Vernon, NY
  5. 2008-14 AC-BAW, Mount Vernon,NY
  6. 2007 Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
    Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
  7. 2006 ACA Gallery – Faith Ringgold – Anyone Can Fly Exhibit, NY.
    Sackler Gallery – Palace Theater, Stamford, CT
    Rosenthal Gallery – Rich Forum, Stamford, CT
    Diageo Fine Art Gallery – Diageo, Norwalk, CT
    Backstreet Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
    Broome Street Gallery, NY. NY
  8. 2004-05 Lehman College Gallery, CUNY, Bronx, NY
    Simone’s Gallery, Pelham, NY
  9. 2002 Lumen Winter Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
  10. 1998 Black National Theater of Harlem, NY
    City Island Arts Org, Bronx, NY
Educator Awards
  1. 2012 Artist/Educator Award -Talladega College Alumni Association
  2. 2012 Exemplary Leadership Award – Senator Jeffrey Klien
  3. 2010 The Lab School Scholarship – Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
  4. 2009 Printmaking Scholarship – Anyone Can Fly Foundation
  5. 2007 NYCATA (NYCity Art Teacher Assoc.) – Art Educator of the Year
  6. 2007 NYSATA (NYState Art Teacher Associ.) Region 8 Art Educ. of the Year
  7. 2006 NCNW – Contributions To Community
  8. 2001 Thurgood Marshall Afr. Amer. Educators Award
  9. 2010 Thurgood Marshall Afr. Amer. Educators Award
Commission
  1. 1992 Pepsi Ad – Illustrate an ad honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which ran in Ebony, Essence, Jet, Black Enterprise and the Amsterdam News.
Author/Illustrator
  1. 2015 Who Do You Say That I Am – A Man Called Jesus
  2. 2013 Rhythms of a Faithful Journey
  3. 2013 A Humble Village
  4. 2005 Jazz History Quilt Book
  5. 1992 Back To School, a children’s book of poems
  6. 1992 Peace and Racial Harmony Poster
Museum Workshops – Facilitator
  1. 2015 Zion Union Heritage Museum, Hyannis, MA
  2. 2010 MoMA – Understanding Art NY, NY
  3. 2009 Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, NY
Professional Speaking Engagements
  1. 2017 Federated Church of Hyannis – sermon
    Wilbrahaim Monsoon Academy
    Rocky Hill School
  2. 2016 Federated Church of Orleans – sermon
    West Parish UCC – sermon
  3. 2013 West Parish UCC – sermon
  4. 2012 Present – Libraries, Zion Union Museum, Schools, Colleges, Churches
  5. 2012 African American Museum of Hempstead, NY
  6. 2011 Open Dialogue with Dr. Samella Lewis, Bishop’s School, La Jolla, CA
  7. 2010 Keynote Speaker – “Artist” – PS 194

Affiliations 

  • St. Albans Congregational Church UCC
  • NCNW – National Council of Negro Women
  • BAIA – Black Art in America  http://www.blackartinamerica.com/
  • West Parish of Barnstable Church UCC