April 1, 2022—The Miller Art Museum is proud, in collaboration with the following exhibition sponsors: Artists Guild, LLC, Kathy and John Campbell, the Cramer Family Fund in memory of Tricia Cramer, Dennis and Bonnie Connolly, Door County Medical Center, the Jacksonport Women's Club, Barb and Mike Madden, Carl and Ruth Scholz and Hermke and Elke Timm, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts, to present the 48th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art opening to the public on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Presented in collaboration with Peninsula art educators, the exhibition marks 48 years of presenting artwork created across diverse media by students residing throughout Door County. This year’s exhibition will include artistic contributions by 124 students amounting to 197 imaginative works from 5 partnering public schools.

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Jace Johnson, Portrait Series, Printamking (SBHS)

M3 logoMarch 11, 2022—The Miller Art Museum has announced plans for the launch of a satellite education space in downtown Sturgeon Bay called M3—the three signifying the core pillars of education, engagement and exchange—which will be housed in the former Healthy Way Market space at 142 S. 3rd Avenue. The new venue will provide an active education space for the visual arts that invites engagement, conversation and creative exchange. Centrally, it will serve as a multifunctional community art space with myriad opportunities to foster creative thinking, ignite creativity, and encourage experimentation and dialogue.

“One of the challenges we face in our existing facility is the lack of appropriate space to conduct hands-on programming,” says Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director. “The addition of dedicated education staff this past fall coupled with the acquisition of adjacent space will allow the museum to build on its longstanding commitment to the visual arts and artists of our Door Peninsula community by expanding our capacity to serve.”

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March 11, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay announces it will host back-to-back events on Saturday afternoon, March 19, 2022. The museum will welcome exhibiting artists Sally Duback, Peggy Macnamara, Pamela Murphy, and Sandra Shackelford for an artist reception featuring live music by Cathy Grier from 3 – 4:30 p.m., which will follow a conversation between Curator Helen del Guidice and guest Peggy Macnamara in a new Studio Door event starting at 1:30 p.m. The events will also be streamed virtually through Facebook LIVE.

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Deadline extended! Applications accepted until May 15, 2022!  Learn more here.  

February 25, 2022—The Miller has announced it is accepting applications for the 2022 Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency. Midwest artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin can apply online at https://www.domehouseart.org/apply; the deadline to apply is Saturday, April 30, 2022.

The application-based residency invites emerging and mid-career artists to Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula to reside for an 8-week period at the iconic Dome House. The program, which is scheduled for August 15 - October 9, 2022, aims to give artists working in the fine art mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and other mediums the space and support to create work in an inspiring and unique location, in addition to providing opportunities for public access to an artist at work through supplemental programming and educational content for the community.

“Our Artist Selection Committee couldn’t have chosen more fitting artists for the launch of the program last year,” says Miller Art Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead. “Fiber artist Amy Usdin (MN) and painter Ariana Vaeth (WI), brought so much heart, dedication and professionalism to their residencies, both leaving an indelible mark on our creative community. It evidences the impact of an artist’s presence in shaping and influencing the artistic landscape and development and growth of artists in the area.”

January 7, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is set to unveil the first exhibition of 2022, Marine Life from Shore to Floor by Peggy Macnamara, which is scheduled to open on Saturday, January 15, 2022. The exhibition presents 35 large-scale watercolors depicting ocean life as well as behind the scenes research activities at the Field Museum, Chicago and will be on display through April 11, 2022.

Peggy Macnamara is an internationally recognized painter and has been the sole artist-in-residence at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History for the last thirty years. Macnamara has years of experience as both a naturalist artist and author and is often paired alongside scientists and conservationists to illustrate the subjects of their research.

The soon-to-be-released book, Marine Life from Shore to Floor, features the artist’s series of large-scale watercolors depicting the research of the Field’s Ocean Conservator Janet Voight, whose work takes her from coastal tidepools to deep-sea ocean basins. The paintings featured in the exhibition burst with color and depict in great detail the intricacies of the inhabitants and environs of the marine world.

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Above from let to Right: Peggy Macnamara, Blue Ringed Octopus, watercolor, 2020; Peggy Macnamara, Aqua River Underwater, watercolor, 2020; Peggy Macnamara, Angler Fish, watercolor, 2020.

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