Trent Miller

The Idea Factory

March 7, 2024 - May 12, 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15th, 5-8pm

MMoCA Gallery Night: Friday, May 3rd, 5-9pm

Garver Canvas will be transformed into The Idea Factory from mid-March to mid-May 2024. The Idea Factory is an exhibition, residency, and social experiment with artist Trent Miller. It is the first physical manifestation of an idea that presented itself on Oct. 13, 2022. Miller sees Garver Canvas as a space for continued experimentation and making, not a static environment. The Idea Factory will accept applications for new members during open hours.

Anyone can join The Idea Factory. Membership is not limited by age or location. Perks include a hand printed Idea Factory card, access to special art, gatherings, and an opportunity to participate in an upcoming Idea Factory members art exhibition.

Learn more about Trent Miller and "The Idea Factory" HERE.



Thursdays 12-6pm

March 7, 14, 21, 28,

April 4, 11, 25 (Closed for a private event April 18)

May 2, 9

Fridays 12-8pm

March 8, 15, 22 (Closed for a private event March 29)

April 5, 12 (Closed for a private event April 5, 19, & 26)

May 3, 10

Drop in and meet Idea Factory Founder Trent Miller. Stay for 5 minutes, an hour or longer—time is an illusion, all circles vanish. Discover the origins and mysteries of The Idea Factory.



Sundays 12-4pm

March 10, 17, 24, 31

April 28 (Closed for a private event April 7, 14, & 21)

May 5, 12

Come hang out with Idea Factory Founder Trent Miller and other artists, families, and friends. Work on projects and discuss your ideas. These days are for anyone who wants to work through some thoughts and connect with other humans. Artists, Non-artists, Used-to-be-artists, Want-to-be-artists, Don’t-want-to-be-artists, Don’t-like-the-word-artists are all welcome. Let’s see what happens…

(Basic art materials are provided for those looking to make things.)

Xizhou Xie

Layers of Self: Exploring Identities

May 23, 2024 - July 14, 2024

In this series, Xizhou Xie invites viewers to embark on a journey of introspection and exploration into the multifaceted nature of identity and artistic expression. Through the juxtaposition of two distinct art styles, this exhibit delves into the question of 'Who am I?'

In one body of work, Xie uses vibrant colors and bold compositions highlighting moments of uninhibited creativity and universal human experiences. In the other, the work is more vulnerable and personal with echoes of traditional Asian influences. Viewers are prompted to consider the complexities of self-representation and the interplay between cultural heritage and individuality. Ultimately, this exhibition serves as a mirror, reflecting not only the artist's journey of self-discovery but also inviting viewers to ponder their own identities and the narratives that shape them.

Learn more about Xizhou Xie HERE.


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