Gallery Attendant – AGA

Please consider me in your search for a Part-time Gallery Attendant.

Making art has been a part of my entire adult life. After studying Commercial Art in high school, I enrolled in a BFA program at the U of A, later opting to complete an Art Education degree. Here’s a gallery of some of my early work and you’ll note that Bombus Terestris, (1970), is adapted as the banner on my website. The annotation on the work reads, “A colorful play on words emphasizing that the “bee” at the centre of our lives is, Being,” which references the spiritual nature of much of my work.

I continued to explore my interest in making art while teaching the subject internationally. Working in six different countries outside Canada, I taught art using the Irish Leaving Certificate, IGCSE and International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP and Baccalaureate art curricula to students as young as grade four to adult. Here’s an acrylic on paper, Nadia and Friend, (2004), of two of my students in Libya.

Returning to Canada in 2012, I worked with a web designer to launch my WordPress website highlighting my creative abilities in writing, photography, art, music and video production. Moving to Prince George, I completed a major outdoor installation, The Spirit of Prince George, 2015, (2014) for Timberspan Wood Products, which was initially a submission for a piece to commemorate PG’s Canada Winter Games.

Other relevant experience includes my editorial and public relations work with The University of Calgary, Nanaimo Free Press, Nanaimo Business Examiner, Canadian Forest Industries Magazine and T-MAR Industries. While at the U of C, I particularly liked writing about the exhibitions at the university gallery. My varied duties as Marketing Manager for T-MAR Industries included creating marketing materials and designing and overseeing the installation of the company’s annual show booth at the Truck Logger’s Convention in Vancouver. 

I see you are looking for someone comfortable in a public speaking role and invite you to consider my video application for the position of Traveling Ambassador with Air Transat, which demonstrates my ability to write for public presentation and my skills as an orator.

Since moving to Edmonton in April 2021, I have worked in the custodial field, beginning in homeless shelters for the Mustard Seed Organization. For my current employer, Horizon North (a division of Dexterra Group), I’ve served as an Industrial Janitor, and now Second Cook, at the MEG Energy site in Conklin, AB.

And always, always, I am making art. Life Star, created with dollar store night lights, is a recent example.

I hope you will consider me for this position because I love being around, participating in, and promoting the creative process. I return to camp, May 15, and work 11:30 am to 10 pm and would be available for a morning Zoom interview if that works for you. Otherwise, I return to Edmonton, May 29.

James Miller