Amercian artist Lavely Miller graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University. She holds both master’s and doctoral level degrees in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Virginia, where she completed her residency in the area of serious mental illness.

Lavely Miller was recently named one of ten finalists for the Bennett Prize, the largest visual Arts Award given to a female figurative realist in the United States. She won 3rd place in 2021’s Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize (Raymar Panels Traditional Art Award category), a top prize at 2013 Art Basel and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Dacia Gallery in New York City, where she studied under Iliya Mirochnick. Her work is regularly exhibited at the LA Art Show through Arcadia Contemporary.

Miller’s paintings have been featured in American Art Collector, Hyperallergic, Fine Art Connoisseur, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, the Washington Post, as well as other publications internationally. Her work is held in various public collections such as the New Salem Museum in New Salem, Massachusetts, the University of Virginia, the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington, DC, and the Twenty-First Century Fox and News Corporation Building in New York City. Her work is internationally privately collected.

Miller’s work contains depths that are “both metaphorical and literal. That the format evokes Renaissance art seems apt…her paintings have an eerie timelessness.” – Mark Jenkins, the Washington Post