The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Cristin Millett

Cristin Millett
Professor of Art
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105 Visual Arts
Cristin Millett began her professional studies in art while attending North Carolina School of the Arts. She earned her BFA degree from Kent State University and her MFA degree in sculpture from Arizona State University. She has exhibited her work in numerous one and two-person exhibitions including at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, the Esther Klein Art Gallery in Philadelphia, the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, Georgia, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine, and the Icehouse in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, at venues such as the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Tucson Museum of Art, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, and the Grounds for Sculpture in Mercerville, New Jersey. Her work has been reviewed in publications including Sculpture, Art Papers, Time Out Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune. She has received grants for both her research and teaching, including a Individual Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2007 and a Faculty Research Grant and a Bird and Bird Technology Grant from the University of Maine. In 2001, she was awarded a Djerassi Residency in Woodside, California, where she examined historical and contemporary societal perceptions of human anatomy. In 2004, she was a resident artist at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, where she created Teatro Anatomico, an installation based on her research on anatomy theaters. She has received numerous Faculty Research Grants from the College of Arts and Architecture and the Institute for Arts and Humanities at the Pennsylvania State University to continue her research on the intersection of medical history and art in Italy and the US. Her research focuses on our eternal fascination with the human reproductive system and changing perceptions of female anatomy. In response to her research, she creates objects placed in installations that examine the shifting theories on the female body. These installations represent an intersection of scientific ideas and contemporary aesthetic perception, which give insight into societal attitudes about the female body that are prevalent today and question societal taboos surrounding sexuality and reproduction. Millett is an Associate Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University where she teaches all levels of sculpture including foundry and installation. Before relocating to State College in 2001, she taught at the University of Maine for four years as an Assistant Professor of Art where she built the sculpture and foundry program. She has also taught courses in foundations and sculpture at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and Phoenix College.