An opening reception for "Between the Nagual and the Muse: Recent Paintings
From the Oaxaca Series" will be held on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the gallery. A slide lecture is set for Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m., also in the gallery.
The exhibit features a series of paintings and drawings Mills began last spring while teaching and directing the Linfield program in Oaxaca, Mexico. The location inspired him, Mills said.
"The spirit of transformation, even transmutation, is so strong there and the impulse is felt so viscerally, that one has the sense that anything could occur at any moment," said Mills.
The collection, which will be exhibited at Galería Arte de Oaxaca in Oaxaca in July, melds rich tones, European alchemy and mythic images. The body of work depicts the coexistence and struggles between pairs and small groups of imagined figures as they seek to reconcile psychological tensions.
Mills, chair of the Art Department, has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 1979. Last spring, he was named the Edith Green Distinguished Professor at Linfield, recognizing excellence in teaching and research. He holds a bachelors from the University of California and a master of fine art from Claremont Graduate School.
Mills 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 of them at Linfield, the other three in Latin America.
Mills interest in Central America extends beyond his paintings. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Central America with Jorge Acevedo, a Costa Rican research colleague, for nearly 20 years. Their collection of indigenous art is on display at Centro Neotrópico Sarapiquis, a Costa Rican museum.
The Linfield art exhibit, reception and slide lecture are free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center and turn right into the first parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2804.