When Miles Burke was a freshman, in January of 2007, the Chicago Academy for the Arts held a visual arts exhibition and juried competition. Miles had three pieces exhibited, including:
"He is a young artist who has earned my respect. He is eager to learn and totally dedicated to making art. He is curious about everything and comes to class ready to work. He is very prolific and productive in the studio. His hard work has paid off too. He has a quality portfolio as a sophomore in high school that would win a scholarship to most art colleges. Miles has work in a variety of media but he keeps moving toward sculpture as his favorite form of expression.
Going to our school is a huge commitment for our students. Miles is taking six academic classes and spending three hours in art studio each day. Still, he is in the studio after school working until 6:00. He is very dedicated.
Miles is appreciated by his peers and respected by his teachers for his intelligence and dedication to his art."

Jim Netter, the
Artistic Director at Blind Pig Records, says:
"I have known him for over ten years and have delighted in watching him grow from a kid with a knack for drawing into a mature, teenaged artist with a keen eye and a sure sense of style, proportion, color, texture and substantial, cutting-edge subject matter.
Miles has proven himself to be both an expressive talent and a craftsman of enviable skill in every medium he explores, be it drawing, sculpture, painting, photography or couture. As a second year student at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, his technical abilities and esthetic sense are growing at a rapid pace.

Miles Burke lives in Chicago. During the 2007 - 2008 academic year he was in the 10th grade at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. The Laura Southwick Foundation awarded him a grant in May of 2008, which enabled him to attend a 16 week class in Metal Sculpture at the Fine Arts Center of Chicago
and an untitled piece inspired by the Black Death 

of 14th century Europe.
At the conclusion of the opening, awards were announced by the judges and Miles was named the school's "Best New Student".
a self-portrait
Glenn J Rupert, a member of the faculty at the Chicago Academy for the Fine Arts in the visual arts and academic departments, says of Miles: