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Miller's painting were on display at the opening of his collection in December 2005.

Story orginally ran in FY 2005 Annual Report.

Professor Emeritus and artist Dr. Rudy Miller recently donated 50 acrylic paintings of native Oklahoma fish species valued at $25,000 to Oklahoma State University for instruction in artistic and scientific disciplines. The collection has most recently been displayed at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Malinda Berry Fischer Gallery at the OSU Foundation in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State purchased an additional 10 paintings from Dr. Miller to complete the collection. It will be housed in the OSU Library, where archival experts will ensure it is available to future scholars and students for generations to come. Selections will soon be on display in the Edmon Low Library on a rotating basis, and the entire collection may be viewed by appointment.

"These paintings offer the University many opportunities for future use," Dr. Miller said. "Since they have a great deal of scientific relevance, there is the possibility of using them for instruction, as well as for display and fundraising purposes."

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Miller studied art at the Rochester Art Gallery and Cornell University. He illustrated several scientific books during his graduate studies, and created his latest collection to complement his own book, The Fishes of Oklahoma. His works have been exhibited at galleries across the country.
Dr. Miller arrived at OSU in 1962 as a zoology professor, and taught at the university for 28 years. He earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University, as well as a master's degree from Tulane University. Dr. Miller specializes in fish behavior and ecology.

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