Rob Millard-Mendez in residence at Micro Art Space, Cleveland, OH  Photo courtesy of Micro Art Space

Rob Millard-Mendez in residence at Micro Art Space, Cleveland, OH  Photo courtesy of Micro Art Space

I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts,  a city with an incredible industrial past. Growing up there fostered in me a fascination with late-nineteenth century mechanical technology. 

I am a first generation college student. I am grateful for the generosity of Dr. An Wang (the founder of Wang Laboratories) who funded a number of full academic scholarships to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, one of which I received. After receiving a BFA, I went on to receive an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In my career as a college art instructor I have tried to honor Dr. Wang's commitment to education by undertaking many art related community outreach projects that involve diverse populations. 

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. I specialize in teaching studio courses that often focus on wood as the primary material.  I have taught everything from art appreciation to painting.  Being a lifelong student has invigorated my teaching.  I continuously hone my own artistic skills and learn new sculptural processes. I have had the opportunity to work with many esteemed artists/craftspeople like Steve Whittlesey, David Ellsworth, Silas Kopf, Marc Adams, and Phil Lowe.

I have shown my work in over 400 exhibitions. My work has been exhibited/presented in all 50 states as well as internationally. I’ve had 15 one-person exhibitions. I have received over 70 awards for my art and teaching and my sculptures are in over 60 private and public collections. I have been teaching at the college level for 16 years and I’ve often been asked to present lectures about art to different audiences.  Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries.