Elizabeth Miller McCue
Elizabeth Miller McCue, photo courtesy of the artist
BORN: January 30, 1951, Bethlehem, PA
“I believe I chose sculpture as a medium of expression because I grew up learning about the world by picking up objects, holding them, breaking them, seeing what they were like on the inside and outside.”
Elizabeth Miller McCue received her BA from Vassar College, continued her studies at the University of London, the Art students League in New York and attended the New York Studio School.
While attending art school, McCue was awarded seven grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and six from the New York State Council on the Arts to produce films documenting the work of America’s most prominent choreographers: George Balanchine, Martha Graham and Paul Taylor for the dance collection archives at Lincoln Center.
In 2000, McCue designed a sculpture installation specifically for the James A. Michener Art Museum, Haystacks in the Field, inspired by French painter Claude Monet’s famous haystack series.
McCue’s pieces consisted of three inverted steel frames, covered with steel wool to invoke the shapes of the Haystacks. McCue’s bronze sculpture “Ball of Leaves” was part of the art collection of Salomon Inc., in New York. It was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers.
McCue has had many solo exhibitions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and has participated in numerous curated and juried international, national and regional exhibitions.
When describing her view of sculpture, she writes, “Sculpture is complete focus in isolation. As for the making of sculpture, what child did not love making things? I remember assembling models of ships and planes, gluing all the pieces together, and then painting them…..I guess I was always a builder, bringing parts together to make a whole.” Since 2011, her work is being represented by The Sculptors Guild Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.