University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Millie Chen




Millie Chen has exhibited her work across the U.S., Canada, and China, and in Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, and Japan. Among her past awards and grants is a Chalmers Fellowship to produce “Demon Girl Duet,” a dual-screen video based on two river journeys down the Yangtze in China
and the Niagara in Canada/USA, most recently exhibited in the Canada Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. Chen’s work is in several public collections and she has produced a number of major permanent public art commissions. Her writing has appeared in publications in the U.K., Canada, the U.S. and China.

My installations, videos, and interventions are intended as sensorial experiences that prod the perceptual and ideological assumptions of the audience. Methodologies, tools and materials are always contingent on the needs of the moment, but at the core of all my projects is social inquiry. How can art express the human condition? I’ve been exploring the potency of the invisible within visuality. What are those elements that trouble easy, complacent viewing? And how do those elements impact our relation to place and history? Essential to my practice is the role of sensory modes of perception in the generation of knowledge. I have experimented with materiality and with immaterial, non-visual elements like sound and scent within specific contexts in order to interrupt habits of viewing. Within my visual art practice, the act of looking is interrogated.


  • ART 120 Public Space
  • ART 482/ 582 Installation
  • ART 473/573 Performative Action

Read course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog-ART.


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