2/24/2009 Mills painting donated to Mexican museum
McMINNVILLE – A large two-part painting by Ron Mills, Linfield College art professor, has been donated to the Museo La Casona in Cuernavaca, Mexico, by the Tonaltzintli Institute of anthropology and psychology, part of the Autonomous State University of Morelos, Mexico.
The diptych painting, “El Doble Doblado,” was created in 2006. The charcoal and acrylic piece of art is concerned with ancient indigenous notions of the soul’s alter ego, “el otro yo,” face-to-face with natural forces. The piece will be on permanent display in the museum.
“I am very pleased and honored that it will be on display in the 16th century stone structure in the heart of colonial Cuernavaca,” said Mills, who already has a large-scale mural on display at the state university there and is known in the community.
Mills, chair of the Linfield Art and Visual Culture Department, has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 1979. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of California and a master of fine art from Claremont Graduate School. He began showing his art professionally while in graduate school and has since been featured in dozens of solo and collective exhibits in several countries. He has also painted four murals, one at Linfield and three in Latin America. His work in Central America extends beyond his paintings. As a two-time Senior Fulbright Scholar, Mills has conducted ethnographic field work in Central America with Jorge Acevedo, a Costa Rican research colleague, for over 22 years. Their collection of indigenous art is on permanent display at the Central Neotropico Sarapiquis, a Costa Rican Museum.