Micki Watanabe-Spiller Art

Visiting Artists & Designers

Micki Watanabe-Spiller

Micki Watanabe-Spiller is an artist whose work examines the curiosities of space. She will speak about a recent project, Lost and Found in the Stacks, exploring the imaginary spaces created in books. In this project, Spiller breaks down barriers between libraries and museums by creating works that can be checked out of the Brooklyn Public Library. From the outside, these works resemble books, however when opened they reveal an elaborate miniature architectural world inspired by particular books. For example, one project replicates period rooms from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as inspired by E.L. Konigsberg’s mystery From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Spiller has exhibited her work at such venues as the Islip Art Museum (East Islip, NY), Indiana University Gallery (Terre Haute, IN), Spaces (Cleveland, OH), Franklin Furnace Archives (NYC), and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Spiller has participated in artist residency programs at the Smack Mellon Studios (Brooklyn, NY), The Evergreen House (Baltimore, MD), Henry Street Settlement (NYC), the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of Art (Bronx, NY), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), and at the World Views Studios in the World Trade Center (NYC).

She has been the recipient of numerous grants such as the Pollock-Krasner Grant, Art Matters Grant, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant. Spiller received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from Ohio State University in sculpture. Currently, she serves on the faculty at Parsons School of Design and The Pratt Institute.