Mindy Yan Miller was born in Sault Ste Marie and graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1990. She has also been a fine arts teacher at Concordia University. Miller’s family impressed upon her the importance of her Jewish identity, and some of her work (such as the installations constructed with clothing and human hair), reflect this. Other installations show Miller’s attitude to capitalism and popular culture. She has been the recipients of many grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Quebec and several professional development awards from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited at Latitude 53, Edmonton, the Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh, Mercer Union in Toronto and other galleries across Canada.