Amanda Millis is a Boston-based perceptual painter who is inspired by place. A central focus of her work is light—the light that she sees in the world and translates into paint. She often works plein air in collaboration with the elements to capture the immediacy and energy uniquely experienced in nature. When she paints, she integrates her physical observations with her interior feelings—translating the seen and felt into a language of shape and color.
Millis received her MFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a post baccalaureate certificate from Brandeis University and a BA from Smith College. Her work has been recognized in numerous exhibitions throughout the US and Australia. Amanda lived in Sydney, Australia from 2012-17 where she taught at ArtEst Art School and was a finalist in major national art prizes. Recently she has transferred her passion for painting into curating, bringing together exhibitions at Distance Gallery and the University of Central Missouri. In 2021 she was shortlisted for Jackson’s Painting Prize (top .5%). She has given artist talks and been a visiting critic at Smith College and Mount Gretna School of Art. Millis has been awarded residencies at PLAYA, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Monson Arts, VCCA, the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation (Norton Island), Mount Gretna School of Art, Monhegan Artists Residency and most recently at Kloster Bentlage in Northwest Germany where she will have a solo show in 2023.