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Richard Kirk Mills

Richard Kirk Mills

Professor of Art

B.A., M.F.A., City College, CUNY


Richard Kirk Mills has been a faculty member at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University for 20 years. Professor Mills completed undergraduate and graduate training in art history and painting at City College, CUNY, and went on for post-graduate work at Pratt Graphics Center in New York City.

A professional master printer with experience at Rose Hill Editions in New York City, his work has been featured extensively in print exhibitions in New York and internationally. He also is a co-founder of the Manhattan Graphics Center.

Professor Mills has been deeply involved with the New Jersey environmental community and has taken part in various environmental art collaborations in the state. In addition, he has created works for public spaces in New Jersey.


Printmaking, Painting, Public Art, Environmental Art, Community-Based Art


Work Cited:

  • “A Great Conveniency: A Maritime History of the Hackensack River and Newark Bay” (2008)
  • “Called To Action: Environmental Restoration by Artists,” published by Art Sites (2007)
  • “The Art of Placemaking: Creating Public Art, Urban Design and Interpretation that Tells You Where You Are” (2007)
  • “Web Portfolio Design and Applications” (2006)
  • “Landscape Works with a Down-to-earth Bent,” published in The Record (2002)
  • “Artist Draws on River Restoration,” published in The Suburbanite “Printmaking For Beginners” (2001)
  • “Good News,” UPN Channel 9, Secaucus, N.J. (2000)
  • “Take 10,” Time Warner Channel 10 News New Jersey (2000)
  • “With His Art, One Can Find A River’s History On A Sign,” published in The New York Times (2000)
  • “An Artist Adopts the River,” published in The Star Ledger (2000)
  • “A Riverfront Retrospective,” published in The Record (2000) Interview, News 12 New Jersey (2000)
  • “Painter Organizes a Landscape Show,” published by The New York Times (1990), The Philadelphia Inquirer (1985), The Penn (1979)
  • “The Monotypes of Joe Solman” (1977)


Place/Community-Based Public and Environmental Art:

  • “Teaneck Creek Conservancy/ Five Pipes: Five Eras,” consulting artist on three-artist group muraling with area middle school, Teaneck, N.J. (2009)
  • “Greystone Park Pictorial History,” four murals, Morris Plains, N.J. (2007)
  • “Bass River State Forest Stories,” 23-foot narrative sculptural and interpretive feature, Little Egg Harbor, N.J. (2005-2006)
  • “Walking Trees / Talking Trees,” 45 etched zinc plates, Dix Hills Park, Huntington, N.Y., and Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Teaneck, N.J. (2005-2006)
  • “Buzzoni Farmstead /An Heirloom Landscape,” Closter, N.J. (2005)
  • “Broad Street Station Stories,” 19 porcelain enamel signworks, NJ TRANSIT, Broad Street train station, Newark, N.J. (2003-2009)
  • “Teaneck Creek Conservancy,” project director and later artist-in-residence, Teaneck, N.J. (2001-2006)
  • “Hackensack River Stories Project,” site-specific public art project of life lived on, in and along the Hackensack River, Teaneck and Secaucus, N.J. (1998-2006)
  • “X Community Garden,” Armory Street Redevelopment Project, City of Englewood, N.J. (1996)

Solo Exhibitions:

  • “Hackensack River Stories Project: public art signworks for the 3.5 mile Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck, New Jersey,” Fairleigh Dickinson University College Art Gallery, Hackensack, N.J. (2000)
  • “Recent Etchings,” Books & Co., New York, N.Y. (1992)
  • “Prints,” Saint Peter’s Church, New York Visual Arts Program, New York, N.Y.
  • “Intimate Views...From Away,” Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine (1986)
  • “Portfolio of Prints and Poetry,” Books & Co., New York, N.Y. (1985)
  • “Prints,” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (1985)

Selected group exhibitions:

  • “Called To Action: Environmental Restoration by Artists,” Art Sites, Riverhead, N.Y. (2007)
  • “Art in a Box Benefit,” Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York, N.Y. (2006)
  • “Life in the Meadows/The People and History of Teaneck Creek” Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, N.J. (2006)
  • “Public Art Works-in-Progress,” New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State Galleries, Trenton, N.J. (2005)
  • “Re-Futuring the Brownfields of Teaneck Creek: Artists Bite Back!” Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, N.J. (2004)
  • “Toxic Landscapes: Artists Examine the Environment,” traveled to the WASTE Summit/Rachel Carson Institute, Pittsburgh; Biblioteca Nacional de Jose Marti, Havana, Cuba; and the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (2001-2002)
  • “Building Against the Sky” Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, N.Y. (2001)
  • “Terra Infirma / Art, Activism and the Environment” Puffin Foundation (2000)
  • “Today’s Printmaker: Artist & Wordsmith,” Hillwood Art Museum, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University (1997)
  • “Portfolio: Portraits in Words and Images,” Harper Collins, New York, N.Y., subsequently traveled to Borderline Printmakers Workshop, Keele University, Staffordshire, England, and Noorkoping Konst Forum 2, Stockholm, Sweden (1995)
  • “Group Monoprint Exhibition,” Connecticut Graphic Arts Center (1995)
  • “John Fekner / Rick Mills: Prints and Paintings 1986-92” Hillwood Art Museum, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University (1992)
  • “Benefit Exhibition for Peace Development Fund” Forum Gallery, New York, N.Y. (1992)
  • “Landscape Observed and Imagined: A Common Bond,” Krasdale Foods Art Gallery, Bronx, N.Y. (1990)


  • Artist-in-Residence, Ucross Foundation Residency Program, Clearmont, Wyo. (2007)
  • Artist-in-Residence, Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyo. (2006)
  • Recipient, USEPA Environmental Education grant for eco-art project with middle schools in northern New Jersey (2005)
  • Recipient, Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2004)
  • Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, Wyo. (2004)
  • Recipient, Special Project Grant, Bergen County and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts (2004)
  • Recipient, Research Grant, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (2004, 1999, 1997, 1996)
  • Recipient, Education Commendation Award, Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board (2002)
  • Recipient, Research Monetary and Research Released Time Grants, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (2001)
  • Recipient, Puffin Foundation Ltd. Grant (2001, 1999)
  • Artist in Education/Residency, New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2000)
  • Recipient, Clearwater Award for Hackensack River Stories Project, The Waterfront Center, Washington, D.C. (2000)
  • Recipient, Hackensack Riverkeeper: First-Annual Friend of the Hackensack River Award and citations from the New Jersey Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives (2000)
  • Honoree, New Jersey Department of Commerce and Economic Development (1999)
  • Honoree, New Jersey Historical Commission, Department of State (1999)
  • Recipient, Artist Space Exhibition Grant for Public Image Gallery, New York, N.Y. (1985)

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