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Interviews with Lauren Mills

Publisher's Weekly, Nov. 24, 2015
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From the Mixed up Files of Middle Grade Authors, Nov. 9, 2015.
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interview with Mills' from Kathy Temean's Blog, Illustrator Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
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Interview with Mills by Angela Cerrito for SCBWI Bologna 2016 on Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations, March 18, 2016. Click here for interview


Lauren Mills' Biography

Lauren A. Mills has won national acclaim as a book author and illustrator and as a sculptor and painter. She was greatly influenced by the 19th century artists, especially the symbolists and the Pre-Raphaelites for their focus of the natural world, sense of wonder and mythical subject matter.

Mills’ wrote and illustrated children’s books from 1986 – 2005 while also studying classical sculpture and occasionally making artist dolls. In 2005 Mills focused on sculpture and classical painting. In 2009-2010 Mills co-founded and curated the Beardsley Gallery and Art Guild in Wilton Connecticut. Mills began writing novels in 2010. Minna’s Patchwork Coat is her first novel that she also illustrated with fifty pencil drawings (Publication date: November, 2015 by Little, Brown). 

Lauren Mills received her Bachelors degree in Drawing and Painting from UC Santa Barbara and her Masters degrees in Book Illustration at San Jose State University in California. Mills also studied sculpture, 1992-94 and 2005-2007 at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art and egg tempera in Europe and in the United States. In 2009 and 2010 Mills also studied classical drawing and painting from the ateliers: Grand Central Academy and Bay Area Classical Art Atelier. 
Lauren Mills is a visiting associate professor of Children's Book Illustration at the Hollins University MFA Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books summer program in Roanoke, Virginia. Mills has also taught at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and at Paier College of Art, and at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Children’s Books:
Lauren Mills’ awards for childrens’ books include: the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators’ Golden Kite Award for Best Picture book for her story, Fairy Wings, which she co-illustrated with her husband, Dennis Nolan. The Rag Coat, a story both written and illustrated by Mills won New York State’s Charlotte Award for best picture book and Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins won the New England Design Award. Mills’ work has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she was the keynote speaker, Lyman Allen Art Musem, Radcliffe College, Barnum Museum, and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Mills’ stories have been performed by storytellers and actors across the country and on the radio and The Rag Coat was performed as a ballet by the University of Utah. The New York Times described her watercolors as “alluring.... Whistlerian to the point of PreRaphaelitism.” Smithsonian awarded The Rag Coat with the Season’s Choice Award and described Mills’ watercolors as “bewitching”. The Washington Post wrote about The Rag Coat, “Mills’ story is exquisite and complex, while her pictures are palely watercolor radiant."

Mills’ book illustrations are included in the collections of Keene State University, University of Connecticut at Storrs, and the Mazza Collection, Finlay, Ohio. 

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Lauren Mills’ sculpture has been reviewed in American Artist Magazine and American Art Collector. Mills’ sculpture, “Legacy” is installed at the Heritage Park Trail, Lake Winona, Indiana and “Ebeneezer Reflecting” is in the permanent collection at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Lauren Mills is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, the National Sculptors’ Guild and the Salmagundi Club. Mills was invited to participate in the 8th exhibition of the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy.


First Place for Sculpture - Academic Artists 62nd, National exhibition, 2012
First Place for Sculpture - Academic Artists 61st National exhibition, 2011
Invitation to Exhibit at the 8th Edition of Florence Biennale 2011
Finalist - National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibitions 2007, 2009, 2011
Finalist - Grand Central Academy Sculpture Competition for June 2010
Finalist - American Art Renewal International Salon Exhibitions 2007-14
People’s Choice - Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, 2010
Merit Award - Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, 2010
Olivia Olsen Award - Salmagundi Club, NY, Annual Exhibition, 2009
First Place - Salmagundi Club, NY, Members’ Holiday Show 2009
First Place - Portrait Society of America’s Members’ Showcase 2009
Honorable Mention - Art Renewal Center International Salon, 2008/09
Award of Merit - American Women Artist Exhibition 2008
Exceptional Merit Award - Portrait Society of America Competition 2008
Gold Medal - Allied Artists of America, NY, 2006

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About Lauren Mills

Lauren A. Mills has won national acclaim as a book author and illustrator and as a sculptor and painter. She was greatly influenced by the 19th century artists, especially the Pre-Raphaelites for their focus of the natural world as well as their sense of mythical wonder. The fourth of five children, Mills grew up playing and pretending in the woods of Connecticut and spent her summers at her grandparents' in West Virginia.

In her teens she moved to Oregon and Minnesota and later lived in Colorado, California and Massachusetts where she resides now. She and her husband, author/illustrator Dennis Nolan collaborated on several projects, most notable, their more


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