Royal Oak artist Steve Miller’s painting, “Stasis Hiatus,” will be on display at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center through Aug. 22.

Royal Oak artist Steve Miller’s painting, “Stasis Hiatus,” will be on display at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center through Aug. 22.

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Royal Oak artist receives award for ‘Stasis Hiatus’

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 9, 2019


ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak artist Steve Miller recently received the Corinne Maillard Robinson Award and $250 for his submission to the 2019 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, which is held by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

Miller is one of 13 winning artists in the 38th annual juried contest. Including the winning submissions, 80 works of art from 66 artists will be on display now through Aug. 22.

Juror Jerald Melberg, of Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, selected the works out of nearly 650 entries from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the BBAC, 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, near West 14 Mile and Evergreen roads.

“The Michigan Fine Arts Competition always reflects truly contemporary work because it has to have been created in the last 18 months,” Annie VanGelderen, BBAC president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “This year’s juror took a thoughtful and broad approach, including a wide variety of media, from abstract to sculpture to representation. I am again impressed by the high quality of the art, regardless of medium or theme.”

VanGelderen said she was moved by Miller’s representational piece.

“The detail is amazing,” she said. “I think his work is incredible. You never get tired of looking at his painting. There’s always something new to find in it.”

Miller’s winning painting, called “Stasis Hiatus,” depicts the interior of his studio in an outbuilding on his Royal Oak property, which he has dubbed “The Hiatus” — the place where he spends his free time, between parental and other responsibilities, pursuing creative endeavors.

“The word ‘stasis’ is just a play on words. Every time I walk in, sometimes there’s a moment of hesitation — whether I go for immediate gratification and play the drums or music for instant payoff, or work toward my long-term goals of working on a piece of art,” he explained.

Miller is primarily an acrylic painter who paints on different substrates, including canvas and aluminum, but he also does freelance graphic design and is a musician. He paints from both the imagination and from photographs, with his style ranging from realistic to representational.

“It’s a good honor. I love it,” he said of the award. “This is my fourth time participating (in the competition), but I’ve submitted probably a dozen times, and my first time to win an award.”

He said he first learned of the competition when he and his wife moved to Royal Oak in the early 2000s from Oklahoma.

“I think it’s one of the premier shows in Oakland County. I look forward to it every year,” Miller said. “The BBAC has a long history of supporting the arts, and helping to further the artistic goals and the careers of other artists.”

Besides being featured in the Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Miller said he was also one of the artists selected for this summer’s Royal Oak Art Explored program, in which the city displays local artists’ work throughout the downtown.

His painting illustrates a viaduct with a Carl Oxley bunny sign partially buried in debris.

The BBAC is a regional, nonprofit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences for all. For more information about the BBAC or the exhibition, visit or call (248) 644-0866.

For more information about Steve Miller and his art, visit

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.