DomeHousePiclogo webThe Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay has announced the launch of the Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency, open to artists residing in the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The inaugural residency, open to two artists—one from the local community of Door County and one residing outside of Door County—is set to occur late summer/early fall 2021. The program is open to mid-career level visual artists working in the fine arts areas of painting, printmaking, and photography who wish to engage with each other and the Whitefish Bay, Sturgeon Bay and broader Door County communities. The residency is now accepting applications; the deadline to apply is May 31, 2021. The application can be found at

The residency invites artists to Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula to reside for a 6-week period at the Dome House, a familiar structure for many locals. It is a twin-lobed (one side for a residence, the other for a studio) domed concrete structure built into sand dunes abutting Whitefish Dunes State Park situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. It sits on a large, heavily wooded plot of dunes and forest north of Sturgeon Bay in the small lakeside community of Whitefish Bay that provided solitude and inspiration for Albert Quinlan, advertising executive and accomplished artist, who designed and built the home during the energy crisis of the mid-1970s. The concept for this “earth” home was that, built into the earth, it would require minimal heating and cooling. The building was acquired by the Quinlan family after many years of neglect and changes in ownership and rehabbed, returning it to a comfortable sanctuary in 2018.


March 12, 2021–Miller Art Museum is excited to announce the debut its silent auction, part of the organization’s upcoming virtual fundraiser, titled Hand to HeART: A Virtual Fundraiser Pairing Creativity + Comfort, on Friday, March 19 at 6pm. A highlight of the auction, debuting later in the week, is a cast glass sculpture by Door County artist Stephanie Trenchard titled Jessie Kalmbach Chase.

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(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—February 23, 2021 – The Miller Art Museum is excited to announce Hand to HeART: A Virtual Fundraiser Pairing Creativity + Comfort, scheduled for the evening of Monday, March 29, 2021. In lieu of an in-person event, the museum is inviting the public to support its efforts online this year to ensure the museum and the visual arts remain a vital piece of the downtown Sturgeon Bay and the cultural tapestry of the broader Door County community; patrons are invited to join from the safety of their home for a fun-filled evening pairing creativity and comfort. The funds raised in this event are critical to the continued planning and execution of the museum’s programming and operations.

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – February 25, 2021—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is excited to unveil two new exhibitions starting Saturday, March 6: Primary Characters: Contemporary American Realism by Ariana Vaeth and Women Telling Stories in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. Both exhibitions will be on display through Monday, April 19, 2021. 

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – January 22, 2020 — The Miller Art Museum is excited to announce the opening of a pop-up exhibition in conjunction with the Door County Library’s 2021 NEA Big Read activities, which invited artists to interpret through visual art the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The installation, which offers a selection of personal interpretations of the futuristic novel and a local rendition of the Museum of Civilization featured in the book, is scheduled to open on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine on Saturday, Jan. 30 and run through Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

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