photo of artist kathy miller with fans at Texas A&M Tailgating party
Artist Kathy Miller with University of Tennessee tailgating painting
photo of artist kathy miller with family

Kathy Lovett Miller—born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Growing up in Knoxville was like growing up in a world where the color wheel only had two colors: orange and white. Although my father graduated from the University of South Carolina, there was no chance of me becoming a Gamecock fan. I was destined to become a Tennessee Volunteer. My two sisters and I spent our childhood listening to radio sportscaster, John Ward’s play-by-play calling of the Tennessee games. John would say, “It’s football time in Tennessee”, and everything else stopped. I felt cold chills from head to toe when John exclaimed,”Give him 6! Touchdown Tennessee!”

Driving across the Henley Street Bridge on crisp, fall Saturdays, looking at Neyland Stadium, hearing the roars and cheers echoing from the sold out crowds, I couldn’t help but think, “I can’t wait to go to school at Tennessee." And go I did. All of my UT experiences were memorable, but ranking at the top was a Saturday football game with 100,000 plus fans wearing orange and white, singing Rocky Top.

I graduated from UT with a BS in Textiles and Clothing/Fashion Merchandising. After working with Proffitt’s Department Store as a buyer, I became a Women’s Divisional Merchandise Manager. After nearly ten years, I resigned and began my second career raising our two children.

Our family as it turns out, became a Tennessee/Florida Gator family. We moved from Knoxville to Jacksonville, Florida when our children were very young. Even living in Florida, they remained avid UT least until they reached “college choosing time” and they decided, “We want to be Florida Gators!”

After years of following and rooting for my favorite team, the Tennessee Volunteers, attending Florida football games as a Gator Mom, and traveling around the SEC going to away games, I began painting each school’s unique tailgating experience. The paintings celebrate special traditions, landmark buildings, and intense rivalries.

Kathy Miller Time’s “Tailgating Through The South” has been a most exciting project. I have had the time of my life traveling to SEC tailgates with family and friends, talking with hundreds of fans, gathering recipes, exploring the best tailgating spots on each campus and composing paintings depicting these moments.

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