Denise Oyama Miller is a textile/mixed media artist working in Fremont, California.  She is originally from Maryland and moved to California in 1960.  She completed her formal education in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley.  Denise worked in Information Technology for 30 years for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program before retiring to work on her art full-time.  She is focusing her current work on art quilting and fiber art, but has also worked in other mediums.  She has won many awards, and her work is in private and public collections. Her artwork can be seen at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA and at the Art in the Village in Portland, OR.  She is also a frequent exhibitor at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, CA and the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton, CA.  She is a juried artist member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and is responsible for Regional Exhibitions in Northern California and Nevada.

Artist Statement

I have chosen to work in fabrics, because the nature of fabric is adaptable to so many processes, and it is medium to which that everyone can relate.  As long as I can remember, I have worked with fabric and other materials to create pieces of art.  I have always loved to put different things together to see what I can make with them.  

 Nature is a source of constant inspiration. I try to capture the sense of peace and beauty in the outdoors.  Different landscapes evoke different feelings in me, and I love the more intimate landscapes where I can explore the details of plants, trees, rocks, and flowers.  I am fascinated by the different patterns that are created by their shapes, textures and colors, and I am drawn to high value contrasts and lots of color in my designs.  With my landscape work, I am also paying homage to my Japanese ancestry and to Japanese art focused on Nature.





Carnegia Arts Center250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA, January 7 - April 25, 2021

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Yosemite Gateway Arts Center, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA, March 19 - May 30, 2021

Kings County Art Center, 605 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA, June 25 - July 31, 2021

Carnegie Arts Center250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA, August 12 - October 10, 2021

Yosemite Museum Gallery9037 Village Drive, Yosemite Valley, CA, October 22 - December 31, 2021

Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State's People, Life, and Land

La Quinta Museum77-885 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta, CA, April 11 - June 6, 2020

Mills Station Arts & Culture Center10191 Mills Station Rd., Rancho Cordova, CA, 

August. 2 - Sept. 27, 2020

Museum on Main603 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA, June 20 - August 15, 2021

Temecula Valley Museum28314 Mercedes Street, Temecula, CA, August 29 - October 24, 2021

Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts5131 Carnelian Street, Alta Loma, CA, 

January 2, 2022 - June 12, 2022

Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA, September 4, 2022 - January 1, 2023

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth

Visions Art MuseumSan Diego, CA, January 16 - April 4, 2021

Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA, April 5 - June 26, 2021

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, CA, July 16 - September 12, 2021  

Wailoa CenterHilo, HI, October 8 - 28, 2021

Volcano Center. Hilo, HI, October 8 - 28, 2021

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California Heritage MuseumSanta Monica, CA, June 24 - September 19, 2021


Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.https://www.saqa.com/art/online-galleries/virtual-gallery-program, July 1, 2021

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Sebastopol Center for the Arts 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, CA, July 31 - Sept. 12, 2021


Valley Art Gallery1661 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, (925) 935-4311, Open Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm, www.valleyartgallery.org

Art in the Village7830 SW 40th Avenue, Suite #1, Portland, OR 97219, (503) 477-0489, Open Friday 11:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm, or by appointment,  www.artinthevillagemultnomah.com  



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