Millee Tibbs

(Detroit) Artist Website Artist-in-Residence February Residency Year: 2015


A professor at Detroit’s Wayne State University, Millee Tibbs brought her unique photography that integrates physical manipulation of the paper itself.  During her residence at Surel’s Place, she developed a body of photographic work titled  “Majesty.” This project explored the relationship between the sublime and the photographic representation of the American West. The project includes photographs that use physical intervention in the landscape to interrupt the illusionistic space of the image, and multi-media installations incorporating projected images onto kinetic forms to reanimate and expand the still photograph. During her residency, Tibbs also hosted an exhibition and art talk titled “Majesty: Made Mountains and Valleys.”

Tibbs’ work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity in our culture and the
tension between its truth value and inherent manipulation of reality. Tibbs’ exhibition
venues include the Museum of Photographic Arts, Blue Sky Gallery, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and Mary Ryan Gallery. The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Portland Art Museum, RISD Museum, and the Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn flat file currently hold her work. She has received residency awards at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, Jentel, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and LPEP, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, Blue Sky Gallery, and Afterimage. Tibbs completed an MFA in photography from RISD and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.