Community Arts Initiative

Current Exhibit: Justin D. Miller


Chicagoland resident Justin Miller is a digital graphic designer and artist. He is a self-taught painter who uses acrylic, oil, and pen in the Magic Realism style, painting interpretations of built environments, altered landscapes, and people.  After growing up in Chicago he earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois.   Following graduation he spent time living on the West Coast in Portland, the Bay Area, and Boise.  In 2007 he returned to Chicago where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Justin started painting in the early 2000's when the Internet exposed him to many artists whose styles and subjects were different than the ones he knew from the books and museums he grew up with. He was most inspired by European Surrealism and West Coast pop art.  In addition to traditional artists, he takes inspiration from the digital world of computer graphics and video games. Justin’s goal in painting is to capture the imagination of his viewers.  Besides painting, he also enjoys traveling, usually to far off places either desolate or visually exciting.

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About the Community Arts Initiative

The mission of the Community Arts Initiative is to promote art, stimulate discussion and build community. The initiative was inspired by the local artists’ community who approached the Library with the idea of exhibiting local artists’ works, as is commonplace in public libraries everywhere. 

How to be considered

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Brookfield Public Library are invited to submit an application to Library Director Kimberly Coughran or to Community Arts Initiative Liaison Jason Michael West. Interested applicants should print and complete the Display and Exhibit Application form. Applications should include 3 to 5 high quality jpeg images, an artist bio, and a link to the artist’s website (if applicable). Applications will be accepted throughout the year and will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. Due to the Library’s limited space, only 2-dimensional art works may be exhibited.  Accepted entries will be exhibited for a period of 8 weeks.

For more information on the Brookfield Public Library, or the new Community Arts Initiative, please contact Library Director Kimberly Coughran at 708-485-6917.


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