Current Exhibit

The Eveyln Peeler Peacock Gallery is proud to present Portrait Interrupted: Recycling and Renewing the Personal, a solo show by Mary Milliken!

Mary Milliken Solo Show Portrait Interrupted ARTS Council Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery

Mary Milliken was born in Elmira, NY and in 2016, she received an M.A. in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While primarily a painter, her body of work ranges from the visual arts to video and music. Most recently, Miss Milliken’s work Portrait of Ned in Chicago (2015) was featured in the 2016 Arnot Art Museum’s 75th Regional Competition. Miss Milliken’s work is not confined to museum or gallery spaces. Her memorial etchings and murals are sprinkled throughout the Southern Finger Lakes region. In addition to her work as a visual artist, Miss Milliken is also a designer and educator. She served on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently the Assistant Designer at Mackenzie-Childs in Aurora, NY.


Milliken contends that traditional methods of portrait painting often act as a barrier between the painter and her subject. While her work does not ignore tradition, it interrupts traditional methods of portrait painting in order to produce an original image/object. Each portrait involves deconstructing and repurposing the subject’s donated clothing to create the surface their portrait will be painted on. The surface of each portrait is unique, accentuating the subject’s personality rather than the artist’s.


Throughout the process of destroying, recycling, and making, Miss Milliken examines how she relates to other people and how her work is influenced by her relationships. In addition, she analyzes the relationship between herself and the subject, incorporates their personality into the materials she uses, and dissects perceptions of herself and others.


On display from October 23 to November 24, 2017, the opening reception will be on Friday, October 27 from 5-8pm at 79 W Market Street in Corning, NY. Artist talk will begin at 6pm.



Mary Milliken
Portrait of Kate

Named to honor the memory of Evelyn Peeler Peacock, the gallery at The ARTS Council serves as a primary venue of artistic and professional growth for emerging artists in the Southern Finger Lakes and features a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year including solo exhibitions, member exhibitions, and regional juried exhibitions. Learn more about Evelyn Peeler Peacock, the inspiration for the gallery.