Galeria Arriba September 1 – 30, 2019
Ron Milhoan is a New Mexico Contemporary Painter, Metaphysical Landscape and Still Life
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6 from 5-7 pm
Artist Lecture : Thursday September 19, 2019 from 6 – 7 pm
Ron Milhoan – Biography
A native of Nebraska, Ron Milhoan grew up as the middle child in a family of eight. His earliest influences were of watching his homesteader, grandmother Lucy, making quilts and working with his Grandfather Walt stacking hay. The agrarian culture of hard work ethic, the vast space of the plains and the extreme weather conditions affected his perception of the world, inspiring him to begin making art at an early age.
Ron was encouraged and guided by his older brother Randy, also an artist, and Mrs. Jones his high school art teacher who recognized his talent and encouraged him to pursue a life in art.
He studied Art at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, from 1968 to 1973.
After graduating from UNL with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he taught children, K through 12 art classes in Omaha and Tennessee. He attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville then transferred to Ohio State University in Columbus where he received his MFA Degree.
Ron was Artist in Residence for the Ohio Arts Council in Appalachia teaching children in Southern Ohio, and worked with Amish children in Plain City Ohio.
He went on to teach university level painting and drawing in Ohio State University, Florida State University in Tallahassee, and Syracuse University in New York to graduate students.
In 1984 he took a full time position teaching Painting and Drawing at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California where he taught for nearly 30 years. He retired from that position in January 2013.
Ron has traveled extensively in Europe, the South Pacific, Mexico and the United States studying the culture and history of art from prehistoric cave paintings in France, the Renaissance movement in Italy to Contemporary arts of the present.
He now lives with his wife Melodie in Abiquiu, New Mexico in the home that they have built together on a mesa with the long views that inspire many of his paintings and drawings. He is pursuing his professional career with gallery exhibits and will be offering workshops.
His work has been exhibited nationally, and he is a recipient of NEA Painting Fellowships as well a Distinguished Artist Award from Santa Cruz County, CA.