September 2, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is set to unveil its 47th Juried Annual, an exhibition featuring 70 artworks from 52 artists across the State of Wisconsin on September 17, 2022. An opening reception celebrating the participating Wisconsin artists is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 from 5 - 6:30pm. Awards are scheduled to be announced at 5:30pm and include three Special Merit Awards ($250 each), three Juror’s Choice Awards ($200 each), the Gerhard Miller Award of Excellence ($500 and Miller Medal), and the Bonnie Hartmann Award for Outstanding Creativity ($100). Light refreshments will be served and music will be provided by Craig Schultz and Mike Miller. The event is free and open to the public.


Image credit: Aaron Boyd, Souls Train, watercolor. Katie Ries, What They Had-Appleton, WI, printmaking. Claire Erickson, Planted, acrylic.

In continuation of this celebrated museum tradition, now in its 47th year, this year’s exhibition is broader and more diverse than ever with submissions representing every corner of the state. Each submitted entry was carefully evaluated and the final selections were made by a panel of three artists and art industry professionals. This year’s jurors were Frank Juarez, artist, award-winning art educator, and founder and publisher of Artdose Magazine, Sheboygan, WI; Brandon Bauer, associate professor of art at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI; and Meg Lionel Murphy, artist, and owner of The Hours Gallery, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

“Our strategy in opening the competition to all Wisconsin residents is to offer an opportunity for growth for the Miller Art Museum and for the community,” says Helen del Guidice, curator. “In doing this, our local artists will have the opportunity to exhibit and network with artists from across the state, meet new creatives, get inspired, and push themselves and their artistic pursuits. Opening the competition state-wide also invites a new creative community from outside our region to get to know the Miller Art Museum, meet our incredible cache of local talent and see Door County as a vital cultural destination,” she continued.

The 70 artworks will be on display throughout the museum, encompassing the main floor galleries as well as the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine. A new selection of works by Gerhard CF Miller, from the permanent collection, will be on display in the Gerhard CF Miller Gallery.

The 47th Juried Annual will be on display through Monday, October 31, 2022.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with financial support from DC Printing, Herb Kohl Philanthropies, and Bill and Betty Parsons. Additional support has been provided, in part, by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Friday, September 16

4:00 – 5:00pm

Miller Art Museum | 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay

Join Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Helen del Guidice for an exclusive viewing of the 47th Juried Annual. Gain curatorial insights, interesting discussion, and an in-depth look into the exhibition in the informal walk-through. Find more information about becoming a Miller Art Museum member by visiting


Friday, September 30

11:00am – 12:15pm

Miller Art Museum | 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay

Join Write On, Door County’s Carrie Sherrill for a free writing lab at the Miller Art Museum! All level writers are welcome to attend and write in response to the art on display 47th Juried Annual. This event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, October 13

10:30 – 11:30am

Miller Art Museum | 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay

Join Shan Bryan-Hanson––artist, curator, and professor––for a guided tour and critique of the 47th Juried Annual. Get up close and personal with works in the exhibition and explore the difference between “good” and “successful” artwork. The event is free and open to the public.

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