Mills is donating two paintings to the college, "Brinded Arc" and "Rampant Arc," which will hang in the foyer of the newly renovated Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. During the unveiling ceremony Mills will provide remarks about the two pieces.
Mills hoped "to create a sense of place, and a warm, even luminous greeting for those first passing through the front portal [of Melrose Hall]" as they approach Ice Auditorium.
The two arches deliberately echo the entryways to the auditorium and reflect the artist's special affinity for the arc form as congenial to the layered complexity of his style, with its open invitation to viewers to exercise their imaginations in response to his imagery. Among the more striking elements of the project has been its speed of conceptualization and execution: Mills began working in late summer and has been painting intensively ever since.
Refreshments will follow the ceremony. For more information, call 503-883-2409.