Ruane Miller has exhibited extensively in national and international exhibits. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the print collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Art, San Francisco; the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University; the PNC Bank Fine Art Collection; The Cultural Institute of Rome; the Cultural Attaché Offices, US Embassy, Rome; the Mercer County Cultural Commission Permanent Collection; the National Park Service Fine Art Collection. Her creative work has been recognized through numerous awards, grants, and fellowships. She has been awarded competitive artist residency fellowships by the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, by the Vermont Studio Center’s Geraldine R. Dodge Awards and by both the Grand Canyon National Park and the Petrified Forest National Park Artist Residency Programs in Arizona and she has received numerous Faculty Research Awards from The College of New Jersey.
Travel and immersion in different environments is integral to the development of her imagery. Her workin the field has informed and enhanced her understanding of the impact of the natural environment on our sensibilities. Her creative process is the same in the development of the work whether the environment is desert, ocean, mountains, or marsh; i.e.: immersion in the environment, the use of the camera to capture impressions and views and, the development of the images on the computer or in gouache painting.
She creates using both traditional painting and drawing media and digital imaging and printmaking. The digital work incorporates her photography of landscapes, wildflowers, and ancient art as well as scans of gouache paintings and sketches. She tends to work in series; the body of work expressive of a particular time and place and developed in what is a cross feeding of the two media. She moves comfortably between the digital and traditional often blending the two in to create a desired effect. Ruane is adept in digital imaging and printing which is her area of expertise in her teaching.
Ruane Miller is a Professor of Digital Art at The College of New Jersey where she has taught since 1986. During her tenure she designed and implemented the development of a computer graphics curriculum and facility for the Art Department and later coordinated the development of a BFA major in Digital Arts. She has served as Chairperson of the Art Department and as Coordinator of both the Fine Arts and Digital Arts programs. Ruane received a MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY (Computer Graphics Design), a MFA degree Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy (Painting/Printmaking) and a BFA degree from Tyler in Philadelphia. She has taught on the college level since 1977 at colleges and universities including UCLA and SUNY Albany in the areas of Digital Arts, Fine Arts, and Art History.