Austin “Auz” Miles is a multidisciplinary painter, designer, and public artist from Durham, NC, currently working in Richmond, VA. She received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Her work uses a mixture of abstract and figurative imagery to tell stories about beauty ideals, spirituality, ancestry, and individual experiences of women as they relate to the African Diaspora. Her paintings are a glimpse into a realm where emotions are personified and become out-of-body experiences of connection. Through her work, Austin hosts visual conversations that ignite understanding and inspire community healing.
Austin "Auz" Miles recently completed her four-month residency with STUDIOHOUSE in Baltimore, MD. In 2021, Austin received the Directors Choice Award for her Waters Dancers Part I piece during the Made In VA exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Austin has exhibited her work throughout Virginia, including The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Virginia MoCA, The Contemporary Arts Network, The Jamestown Settlement, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the 1708 Gallery. In addition, her exhibition record includes IA&A at Hillyer Gallery in Washington, DC, and The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE. In Austin’s community practice as a public artist, she has installed numerous national murals in Richmond, VA; Norfolk, VA; Durham, NC; Cleveland, OH; and Magnolia, MS.