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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: watercolor painting, art education

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Blue Still Life, 2003
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

Since her birth in 1929, Barbara Millican has been a resident of Fort Worth, Texas. She grew up attending public schools and graduated from R.L. Paschal High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. After receiving her degree, she worked in advertising art as well as oil company and engineering drafting. She then returned to Texas Women’s University to pursue a Master of Arts degree.

Upon graduation, Millican began an extensive teaching career. She has taught at Bauder College in Arlington, Texas Women’s University, Tarrant County College, as well as at the Fort Worth Woman’s Club and in her own studio.

Millican is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Society of Watercolor Artists, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Texas Watercolor Society.

Often submitting artwork to competitions, Millican has received awards locally, nationally and internationally. Both the National Watercolor Society in Los Angeles, California and the American Watercolor Society in New York have awarded her work. Furthermore, Millican’s artwork has been exhibited in the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition at Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado, 1999 as well as the National Watercolor Society’s 81st Annual Exhibition, 2001. She also participated in the Midland Arts Association Spring Exhibition in 2004. In 2006, she received third place for her artwork included in The International Society of Experimental Artists 15th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Devos Museum on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.

The artist describes her early work, rendered in oil or transparent watercolor, as either representational or modified abstract images of still life subjects from Mexico, as well as coastal and northwest Texas. When producing her abstract work, she often utilizes a grid pattern, fracturing the subject to make new and interesting shapes. Her more recent work is influenced by Georges Braque and Richard Diebenkorn. The spatial relationship between foreground and background is often abstracted into flattened shapes and cadenced forms resulting in very little conventional depth. The shallow picture plane Millican produces places emphasis on colors, shapes and patterns contributing toward a unique visual experience. Millican’s nonrepresentational paintings invite the viewer to relate and respond uniquely and individualistically. The artist states, “Painting for me has been both vocation and avocation. There is no more pleasurable feeling than taking brush in hand and applying ‘yummy’ paint to paper or canvas.”

American Watercolor Society:
2000    Accepted
1999    Clara Stroud Memorial Award
1998    Accepted
1997    C.F.S. Award and Second Place Medal
1993    Ogden Pleissner Memorial Award

National Watercolor Society:
1998    Awarded Signature Membership
Southwestern Watercolor Exhibition (Many years (about 25) acceptance)
2001    Best of Show

Acceptance And Awards In:
Texas Watercolor Society
Society of Watercolor Artists, Fort Worth, TX
National League of Pen Women National Exhibition, Abilene, TX
Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition
Watercolor U.S.A.
Kansas Watercolor Society

 Submitted by Stephanie A. Reeves.

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