Outstanding Artists: Individual artists whose work within their field has made a significant impact within the discipline over five years or more.
Matt Miller is a multidisciplinary artist from Akron creating vibrant pop art inspired by his passion for mythology, comic books, and vintage rock and roll poster art. After earning his B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, Miller became the apprentice and studio assistant to sculptor and craftsman Don Drumm (2001 Arts Alive Outstanding Visual Artist Award recipient). In recent years, Miller has built a name for himself with his gallery exhibitions, album art, his line of art merchandise, and, most significantly, with his dynamic, large-scale murals spread from corner to corner of Akron and afar. He has worked alongside several local businesses and organizations across the greater Akron area including The Akron Art Museum, Summit Metro Parks, The University of Akron, Great Streets Akron, Hazel Tree Design Studio, Art Bomb Brigade, Bounce Innovation Hub, and numerous others.