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PBSC math professor/artist to showcase work in campus exhibit

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Millien’s piece titled “Absence”

Twenty-four paintings will be on display by Haitian artist Michel Millien during an exhibit Aug. 25 to Oct. 9 at the art gallery at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. This will be Millien’s first solo exhibition.

“I paint because it gives me an avenue to another world where all is free and beautiful,” says Millien. “In front of the canvas, I am in charge. I do what I want, and I am in authority. Although I paint part-time, that has not taken away my love and passion for the arts. When I paint, I lose myself in a world of imagination that imposes itself on the canvas.”

Millien, who teaches algebra at Palm Beach State, began his journey into painting with a six- week course in water color. After that, he received encouragement from friends and well-known artists who gave him his first brushes, paints and invaluable guidance. Most of his paintings express various degrees of human emotion.

Millien graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and from Stevens Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in applied mathematics and telecommunication management. His main hobbies are martial arts and painting.

The gallery is located in the Humanities building. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 561-868-3270.

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