July 15, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is pleased to introduce its 2022 Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist in Residence, Nicole Shaver.
The residency, now in its second year, is administered jointly with the Quinlan/Wagner family and carries on the original intent of the Dome House, as visioned by Al Quinlan, to serve as a creative haven for living artists. The program advances the museum’s mission to expand its role in education and to shape and influence the artistic development and growth of artists in the area. Milwaukee-based artist Nicole Shaver was selected from a pool of 24 applicants by the program’s Artist Selection Committee. In addition to being awarded an unrestricted $500 stipend, she will receive access to time, space and resources to advance her work at the iconic Door County structure.
“I have a specific interest in the human relationship to place: humanity's active role in construction, destruction, and idealizing landscape. I believe Door County should not be seen as something set apart from civilization, instead, depicted as place humanity fundamentally alters and continues to shape. I am curious about documenting the Boreal Forest through the lens of the Anthropocene and how that information is dispensed, whether in part truth or full fantasy,” says Shaver.
Shaver grew up along Lake Michigan, where she skipped rocks and watched fishermen gut salmon as a child. Largely inspired by ideas of place and belonging, she researches geographical sites and employs them as metaphorical compasses to navigate the space between reality and fantasy, the banal and the sublime.
“While my concerns lie within concrete science and the threats of Climate Change, I investigate and create within an innately curious, observational and playful scientific method. This involves collaboration with local scientists, visitors, found materials: man-made detritus and geology. I rely on collected specimens, historical research, and spatial interaction as semiotic compasses to help navigate the undiscovered identity of the Dome House,” she continued. “During my residency, I will create visual landscapes that combine reality with impression, providing a framework that empathizes with the transitioning landscape. Through my artist body and influenced by immersive surroundings, my output is a record employed through interdisciplinary media: installation, performance, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.”
July 8, 2022—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay announced today preparations for the organization’s annual Art & Treasures Fundraiser, now in its 17th year and scheduled to debut to the public on Saturday, August 6, 2022. The Museum is seeking tax-deductible donations of new and gently used items from the community to support its fundraising efforts.
The Art & Treasures Fundraiser presents a fun an eclectic collection of items from year to year, including new and gently used original fine art and reproductions, art-related items, objects d’ art, art supplies, books, a diverse selection of high-quality frames, household décor, vintage goods, collectibles, holiday items, fabrics, small furniture items, linens and unique oddities. This year’s fundraiser will again be held at M3, 142 S. 3rd Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, the organization’s newly launched satellite education space.
“Art & Treasures in particular impacts our ability to carry out our mission and our programming,” says Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead. “We’re incredibly grateful to the community for their tremendous support of this endeavor through the form of donations or purchases from year to year as it, in part, sustains our work and ensures access to a continued presence for the visual arts in downtown Sturgeon Bay. And, it’s an event that the public looks forward to and enjoys every year.”
For more information or to donate items for the sale, contact the Miller Art Museum office at 920.746.0707 or . Drop-off appointments can be made between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or at the museum 10am – 5pm Saturday. Donors are asked to have items contained in a bag or box for ease of unloading and storage. Items will be accepted through the end of July and must be clean and in good condition. Items NOT accepted include electronics, CD’s, large furniture, personal products (lotions, soaps, etc.), and bed components (mattresses). Additional information and details about accepted items can be found here.
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.