The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Nancy Tokar Miller … In Retrospect

Nancy Tokar Miller  Essaouira, 2000

February 19, 2009 – April 5, 2009

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is pleased to present Nancy Tokar Miller’s first career survey. Focused on important works since 1971, the exhibition reveals how Tokar Miller’s practice has shifted and deepened, while remaining ardently invested in the fundamentals of painting: the communicative capabilities of line and gesture, the evocative brilliance of color, and the endless plasticity of the medium. Inspired by American Color-Field painting and Asian aesthetic traditions, informed by travel, photographs, and memory, Tokar Miller creates formal relationships that convey a distinctive sense of spiritual calm.

Nancy Tokar Miller is represented by:

  • Etherton Gallery, Tucson
  • Robischon Gallery, Denver

Read the review of Nancy Tokar Miller … In Retrospect in the Tucson Weekly

See The Soothing Art of Nancy Tokar Miller in The Arizona Daily Star

See I Will Paint That Someday in The Downtown Tucsonan


Exhibition Opening

Thursday, February 19 at 4:00 pm: Gallery Walk with the artist, followed by an exhibition opening reception and catalog signing from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

  • Download the reception invitation for more information.

UA School of Art “Continuum Celebration”

Saturday, February 21 at 3:00 pm: UA alumna Nancy Tokar Miller speaks as part of the UA School of Art’s Continuum celebration and inauguration of the school’s new Visual Arts Graduate Reasearch Laboratory.

Poetry Reading

Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00 pm: Poetry reading with poet, book artist, teacher, and director of Chax Press, Charles Alexander. Alexander will read selections in response to the artwork of Nancy Tokar Miller.

Exhibition Catalog

This extensive and heavily illustrated catalog documents the artist’s long career and expands the exhibition. Featuring contributions from UAMA executive director Charles A. Guerin, art historian Paul Eli Ivey, gallerist Terry Etherton, gallerist Jennifer Doran, and poet Charles Alexander.

Published by The University of Arizona Museum of Art (140pp, color plates, $45).


UAMA would like to express gratitude to the many individuals and organizations whose ongoing patronage and project sponsorship made the exhibition and catalog possible.

With great appreciation:

Ken Godat/Godat Design, Tucson; Sandy and Bob Maxfield; Margot Lane; Susan W. Kornhaber; Elliott and Sandra Heiman; Elizabeth Sue Miller; John and Helen Schaefer; Robert and Mary Ann Stubbs.

With special thanks:

Terry Etherton/Etherton Gallery, Tucson; Wid Chambers/Chambers Gallery, Portland, OR; Harvey and Judith Goodman; Roger and Pamela Harlan; William F. Joffroy; Bob and Marilyn Joyce; Dan Leach; Harriet A. Silverman; Jane Thorne; Janice Crebbs; Mike Hanson; Wayne and Millie Heine; Anne Churchill Coffey; Bobbie Berger-Hanft; Roberta Bracker; Darryl and Mary Ann Dobras; Pamela J. Perry; Diane Frohling; Joseph and Paulette Gootter; Jane Holbrook; Robert and Frances Moore; Lewis Framing Studio, Tucson; and an anonymous donor.

Grateful acknowledgement to the galleries and private collectors who generously made works by Nancy Tokar Miller available for presentation:

Derry Adams; Etherton Gallery, Tucson; Harvey and Judith Goodman; Elliott and Sandra Heiman; Robischon Gallery, Denver; Barbara Magnino, from the Estate of Barry Shapiro, Sr.; Ian and Diane Stuart; H. Gregg and Else P. Swihart; and several anonymous lenders.