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Biography: Robert Millar

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Robert Millar has collaborated with other artists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, and urban designers on public art projects since 1984.

His work has included:

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium    San Pedro, California

For the expansion of this Frank O. Gehry designed facility Millar is producing an artist's book to examine issues related to changing cultural artifacts.

San Diego County Water Authority    San Diego, California

Millar created a fountain for the new headquarters of this public agency.

Advanced Water Treatment Plant    San Diego, California

Was responsible for the creation of a conceptual design for this state-of-the-art project which would convert reclaimed water from the sewage system to drinking water. The project was awarded a Progressive Architecture Citation. Collaborators: Guthrie+Buresh Architecture, Estrada Land Planning, Malcolm Pirnie Inc.

Alvarado Water Treatment Facility    San Diego, California

Collaborating on all aspects of this $170 million water project. It was awarded Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association. Collaborators: Malcolm Pirnie Inc., Richard Brady & Associates, Platt/Whitelaw Architects, Estrada Land Planning.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro Rail Station, Vermont/Santa Monica Blvd.    Los Angeles, California

Millar's work focused on the architectural design of the station entrance and urban design issues of the station plaza. The project was awarded a Progressive Architecture Citation in 1991. In 2000, Millar's entrance was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Environmental Design by ID Magazine. In 2001, the project was awarded an AIA Honor Award. Collaborators: Ellerbe Becket Architects, Horton-Lees-Brogden Lighting Design.

Grand Avenue Plaza    Los Angeles, California

Collaborated on the design of the public spaces for Plaza Center, a $500 million office development proposed for downtown Los Angeles. Collaborators: Doug Hollis.

Waterfront Park   Santa Barbara, California

Lead a team of local artists in the creation of a number of artworks for this park and proposed a water feature for the central plaza.

Northridge Pavilion    Los Angeles, California

Proposed a sound fountain for the public space of this shopping center. Collaborators: Calvin R. Abe & Associates.

Rose Theatre Site     London, England

Created a work on the site of the historic Rose Theatre.

City of Newport Beach   Newport Beach, California

Installed a four-site temporary work that required and maintained the cooperation of the California Department of Fish and Game, the City of Newport Beach, the Irvine Company, and the Newport Harbor Art Museum.

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Wrote the Master Plan for the integration of artists into the design process of California 's State Parks.

Bronowski Residence   La Jolla, California

Created a site-related work at the home of Rita Bronowski by the removal of plants.

Maxfield   West Hollywood, California

Created a site-related work in the courtyard of this Los Angeles clothing store.

For a period of twelve years Robert Millar consulted to architects on the lighting of public and private spaces. His collaborations included projects with the architectural firms of Frank Gehry, Charles Moore, Joseph D'Urso, and Mark Mack.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1991   Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach

1991   Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles

1989   Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles

1987   Jeffrey Linden Gallery, Los Angeles

Selected Group Exhibitions

1995   Post Gallery, Los Angeles

1994   Havana Bienal, Havana

1994   California Museum of Photography, Riverside

1992   Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica

1992   Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles

1991   Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles

1989   Holly Solomon Gallery, New York

1987   Jeffrey Linden Gallery, Los Angeles

Selected Performance/Sound Works

2001    Wedding, The Vatican (with Holly Knight and the Reverend Ethan        Acres)

1996    If I Were Lost, Highways, Santa Monica

1995    University of California, Los Angeles (with Luis Alfaro)

1994    (A Contemporary Blues Opera [in process]) (with Mark Zolun)

1990    Lamp Village (with KCRW radio)

1989    Blind Faith (with the Sarah Elgart Dance Company)