Jake Miller is a sculptor and 3rd year graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee. He received his BFA from Western Illinois University in 2016. Originally from northwestern Illinois, Miller’s work examines his circumstances growing up in a small farm town. Through his use of traditionally blue-collar objects/materials he creates sculptures that highlight the problems surrounding toxic masculinity in rural communities. Millers work has been exhibited throughout the United States, most notably Foley Gallery New York City, NY, Upstream Gallery New York City, NY, and Zg Gallery Chicago, IL. He has participated in many artist residencies and workshops such as Farwell house Plank road residency, Fredrick, IL 2018 and The A.I.R. and demonstrating artist at Atelier de la Nature, Arnaudville, La in 2019. Miller is a director and founding member of the newly formed Rural Midwest Artists Cooperative, and organization created to help bring more art and art education to rural areas of the Midwest.