July 7, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is set to unveil Landscape of Absence by Brandon Bauer on July 16, 2022, an exhibition exploring the ethical issues of terrorist propaganda imagery in the media. The public is invited to attend an opening reception and meet the artist on Saturday, July 16 from 5 – 6:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on display through Monday, September 12, 2022.
Landscapes of Absence examines the use of propaganda images in the absence of reliable and journalistically objective images from the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State at a time when the brutal beheadings of Western journalists and aid workers made it too dangerous to report from areas under terrorist control.
Bauer has used images drawn from eight beheading incidents disseminated through terrorist media outlets; the work erases the dehumanized image, leaving only the landscape and the absence of image as a metaphor for the larger issue of the absence of reliable reporting.
“The exhibit while specific to incidents of terrorist violence and propaganda, easily extends into other ethical issues surrounding journalism at a time when similar tactics are being used in current war zones and when press are under a great deal of scrutiny,” says Curator Helen del Guidice “It also invites us to consider how the landscape or setting where, a violent act is committed, can impact the experience and understanding of that violence.”
June 16, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is joining forces with fellow members of the Door County Heritage Alliance to present History Days. A weeklong event celebrating the rich heritage of Door County! This week is packed full of historically relevant art-centered free programming happening from Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24.
“We are excited to finally have the capacity of our satellite space, M3, where we can offer these additional engaging programs for our creative community here in Door County,” says Education and Outreach Coordinator Marie Kimball. “For the Love of Chardin is an exhibition, currently on display, from which painters can draw inspiration for their own work based on the variety of techniques and compositions on display and I see History Days as a vehicle to push ourselves even further forward as a resource in service of the vibrant artistic community here,” she continues. “Artists of the past, present, and future.”
June 17, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay has announced that it is accepting submissions to the Museum’s 47th Juried Annual, an exhibition highlighting contemporary work from Wisconsin visual artists.
The exhibition is open to artists at all career levels and invites a range of media and artistic practices from traditional to abstract. Artists over the age of 18 who live or work in Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Artists can register and submit work via the ArtCall platform through the Museum’s website millerartmuseum.org. Artists may enter up to two original works for a $30 non-refundable entry fee.
May 20, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is set to unveil three new exhibitions on Saturday, May 28: For the Love of Chardin in the first-floor main galleries, Until Next Time featuring work by artist Elysia Holland Michaelsen, and Still Life: Storytelling and Secret Messages featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine. The opening reception will run from 5pm - 6:30pm and is free and open to the public.
For the Love of Chardin presents 38 paintings from the New York based artist association, Zeuxis. An association of still life painters, Zeuxis selects a new topic of contemplation annually, which serves as inspiration to members’ interpretation. This year’s works are inspired by one of the great masters of the Baroque and Rococo periods, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699 - 1779)
Chardin, born the son of a carpenter in Paris, is widely considered one of the great painters of the 18th century and was presented at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris as a painter of ‘animals and fruits.’ While quite successful with his genre scenes, which exhibited a dreamlike naturalness, his still life paintings were considered revolutionary, with the uncanny ability to catch nature in the act with a near spiritual quality. Chardin’s contemplation of overall composition and the optical relationships of contour was admired and studied by artists such as Manet, Cézanne and Soutine.