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.
April 21, 2022—The Miller Art Museum announced at a free public reception held Monday evening the award winners for the Museum’s 48th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art, on display now through Monday, May 23, 2022. The multi-media exhibition features original work by students in grades 9 – 12 from the 2021-22 academic year who attend school at one of the Peninsula’s five high schools—Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and Washington Island.
Certificates of Participation were presented to all student artists by their respective art teachers. Award winners for Excellence and Honorable Mention were announced by Museum Curator Helen del Guidice during the awards ceremony at Monday’s opening reception, Awards of Excellence—a $100 cash prize—were presented to Makayla Ash (Sturgeon Bay), Isaac Rincones (Sevastopol), Christina Padilla-Volkman (Gibraltar), Anna Olson (Southern Door) and Joseph Lux (Washington Island). Six $50 Honorable Mention awards were presented to Jace Johnson (Sturgeon Bay), Inho Lee (Sevastopol), Wyatt Beaudot (Gibraltar), Kalissa Ambrosius (Southern Door), and Andrea Valentincic (Washington Island). In addition to cash prizes, the museum partnered with the Artist Guild and the Peninsula School of Art, courtesy of a generous financial gift through the Cramer Family Fund in memory of long-time art supporter Tricia Cramer, to offer all of this year’s awardees certificates for art supplies and instruction to further students’ individual artistic endeavors.
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.
Jace Johnson, Portrait Series, Printamking (SBHS)
March 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.”