Ron Miller of South Boston earned the Joseph V. Canzani Alumni Award for Excellence from the Columbus College of Art & Design’s 2021 Alumni Awards recipients.
He is one of six artists and designers from around the country who were recognized for their role in shaping culture and commerce and making a major impact in Columbus and far beyond.
The awards were presented during an online presenation.
“The six recipients of this year’s Alumni Awards represent the impact Columbus College of Art & Design graduates have on the world—something we like to call Proven Potential,” said CCAD President Melanie Corn. “Not only are these artists and designers masters of their craft, but they are passionate about giving back to their communities, they are creative entrepreneurs, and they are quite literally bringing other worlds and fantasies to life. We are so proud of their accomplishments and the one thing they all have in common—that they got their start at CCAD.”
Miller has a prolific career illustrating worlds, fictional and real, for such entities as NASA, the United States Postal Service and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. He has been featured in such publications as National Geographic, Air & Space and Scientific American and creatives likes as David Lynch (Dune) and David Cronenberg (for whom he created concept art for Cronenberg’s unrealized version of Total Recall).
After graduating from the college in 1971, Miller worked for commercial art studios in Columbus and then moved to Washington, D.C., where he became staff artist for the National Air and Space Museum’s planetarium.
In 1997, Miller became a freelancer, specializing in scientific illustration, especially astronomy, as well as science fiction and fantasy. In addition to providing art for acclaimed national and international publications he also writes and illustrates his own books.
Miller has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Lucien Rudaux Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Astronomical Art.