The Miller Art Museum is pleased to announce that the open call for applications for its third-year artist residency program is now open. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2023.

2023 AiRannouncemnt graphicThe Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency was established in 2021 and has served three Midwest artists in its two inaugural years. If selected for the 2023 program, one artist will be provided with an 8-week opportunity to reside at the iconic Dome House, a twin-lobed (one side for a residence, the other for a studio) domed concrete structure built into sand dunes abutting Whitefish Dunes State Park and situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. The experience offers artists a unique respite from day-to-day life and the sights and sounds of nature provide a haven for the development of creative work, given the proximity to the parks and surrounding natural areas. The program is also a conduit for community engagement with a diverse offering of programming and events throughout the residency period. The resident artist is required to actively engage the public through outreach for a minimum of 5 hours per week, on or off-site. Midwest artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin can apply online at The 2023 program is scheduled to run from August 1 - September 25, 2023.

“The work we’ve accomplished in the first two years of the program is evidence of the impact of an artist’s presence in shaping and influencing the artistic landscape and development and growth of artists in the area,” said Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, the Miller Art Museum’s executive director. “The work created by Nicole Shaver (Port Washington, WI), our 2022 resident artist, included 56 fully rendered works, one for each day for the duration of her residency, and resulted in an exciting and prolific portfolio of visual landscapes that are documentary in nature and illustrate her desire to ‘investigate, and create within an innately curious, observational and playful scientific method,’ Gigstead continued. “We are grateful for the continued partnership of the Quinlan family and the work we are doing to further support visual artists and our creative community here in Door County––it's been at the core of the museum’s work since our inception in 1975.”

For guidelines or more information about the residency program or the Dome House, visit Applications for the 2023 residency will be accepted through Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Artist and printmaker Al Quinlan designed and built the Dome House in 1978—now an iconic Door County structure—with a vision for a live/work space existing in equilibrium with the surrounding natural landscape. His daughter Mary Grace Quinlan and her husband Kurt Wagner purchased and renovated the home in 2018, and, together with their family, operate it as a community space and working studio. The Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency—an application-based program focused in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography—was launched in 2021 in as a partnership between the Quinlan family and the Miller Art Museum, and invites emerging and mid-career artists to the Peninsula to reside for an 8-week period each year. This collaborative partnership serves the broader mission of the Dome House, which is to provide artists working in all mediums with space for creativity, contemplation, and inspiration. Learn more at and follow @thedomehouse on Instagram.

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