CCAD Photography Chair Darren Lee Miller receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award 

Nov 6, 2019
Emerging with a Bundle of Sticks, collaboration with Gwen Singer, by CCAD Photography Chair Darren Lee Miller

Columbus, Ohio—Columbus College of Art & Design Associate Professor of Photography Darren Lee Miller has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for a collaborative project in Brazil, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Miller, who joined CCAD in 2019 as Chair of Photography, will spend the spring 2020 semester in Brazil conducting interviews and collaboratively producing a series of photographs and short videos with Dr. Lucinéa Marcelino Villela and her students in the School of Architecture, Arts, and Communication (FAAC) at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Bauru, Brazil.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. And Miller said he’s honored to be selected as a Fulbright scholar.

“This project will improve my studio art practice, gallery work, and teaching, providing me with greater empathy for an individual’s strongly held beliefs,” Miller said. “It will help me to more meaningfully connect my teaching, art, and curatorial work to the needs of domestic and international students, collaborators, colleagues, and gallery visitors.”

Miller, whose own work focues on queer identity, developed his project proposal after reading news stories about protestors who forced an LGBTQ+-focused exhibition called Queer Museum to shut down and find a new home.

The controversy sparked divisive rhetoric on social media.

So, his project, Palavras na Minha Boca (Words in My Mouth), aims to connect people with different viewpoints so they can have a civil conversation.

“Can those of us with strong opinions learn from people with whom we disagree? I hope the answer is yes,” Miller wrote in his project proposal. “This is what my project will address, and I believe it can be done by extending an invitation for people to talk, listen, and really hear each other.”


Emerging with a Bundle of Sticks, collaboration with Gwen Singer from CCAD Photography Chair Darren Lee Miller's Exercises in Empathy series. Miller recently received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for a collaborative project in Brazil. Photo courtesy of the artist. 

About Darren Lee Miller

Darren Lee Miller is an artist, curator, and educator whose work focuses on queer identity. He recently received a Fulbright Award for his proposed relational aesthetics/collaborative community art project at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Bauru, Brazil, in spring 2020. His teaching, curatorial work, and artwork have been recognized through residencies at Blue Mountain Center, the Vermont Studio Center, the Crawford County Historical Society, the University of Puerto Rico, and in regional and national exhibitions. His works have been acquired by Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, Union College, Allegheny College, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, and private collectors. He earned a BFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. You can find his website at

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, and in 2019, the college is celebrating 140 years of creative excellence. CCAD offers 12 BFA programs and two master’s programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202.632.6452 or email

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