FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Sturgeon Bay, WI)—June 26, 2020 – The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay announced today that it will be accepting donations for its late summer Art & Treasures Sale starting on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The fundraiser was initially set to take place from August 1 – 15 but due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, event organizers are expecting a reduced schedule, which will be announced as more details emerge regarding the status of the pandemic. The museum is closely monitoring and will take all proper precautions to ensure the safety of the community.

“This fundraiser in particular impacts our ability to carry out our mission and our programming,” says Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead. “We, like everyone else, are pivoting from our usual mode of operations to ensure we are compliant with all recommended safety guidelines—the biggest will be a change in location from inside the museum to the former Healthy Way building located at 142 S. 3rd Avenue. This will allow us the space needed for social distancing and proper quarantining of donations as they arrive. We’re hopeful for a successful fundraiser in our 15th year this year despite the pandemic. The time has allowed many to clear clutter and organize while the Stay at Home order was in effect; with that, we’re hoping that the community will consider the Miller Art Museum as a home for their items which supports a continued presence for the visual arts in our community here in Sturgeon Bay.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Sturgeon Bay, WI)—June 18, 2020—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is pleased to announce a call to artists for its 45th Juried Annual Exhibition, scheduled for August 29 – October 19, 2020. Eight artists will be recognized with a total of $1,950.00 in cash awards; three Special Merit Awards ($250 each), three Juror’s Choice Awards ($200 each), the Gerhard Miller Award of Excellence ($500), and the Bonnie Hartmann Award for Outstanding Creativity ($100) will be awarded. A $25 non-refundable entry fee is required; artists ages 18 years of age or older residing in Door, Kewaunee, Brown, Oconto, Manitowoc or Sheboygan counties are invited to enter up to two works. Applications are accepted online only through beginning Monday, June 22. The submission deadline is Friday July 31, 2020 at 5pm. Submission information, including the prospectus and link to the online submission portal, is available on the Museum’s website at

The exhibition, which is open to artists at all career levels from emerging to established professionals, highlights contemporary work by Northeast Wisconsin visual artists who reside in a six-county radius. Artists selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified Friday, August 7.

(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—May 21, 2020—The Miller Art Museum is pleased to announce a new initiative—weekly window exhibitions in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The first rotating exhibition, ‘The Still Life: Storytelling & Secret Messages,’ debuted on Thursday, May 21, 2020, and highlights a selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection, curated by Helen del Guidice, along with two still life displays by local artists Lynn Gilchrist and Liz Maltman. The public is encouraged to bring a sketch pad or easel, being mindful of social distancing guidelines, to be inspired. Drive-up and sidewalk viewing of this exhibit, along with those forthcoming, is encouraged. The initiative, while evolving, will initially highlight works from the Museum’s permanent collection—placing art prominently in the heart of Sturgeon Bay’s downtown corridor. 

(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—May 8, 2020—The Miller Art Museum is pleased to present the 46th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art (SoHSA) exhibition of student artwork opening in virtual format Monday, May 11, 2020. Presented in collaboration with Peninsula art educators, the exhibition marks 46 years of the Museum showcasing artwork created across a broad array of media by students residing throughout the Door County Peninsula. This year’s exhibition features artistic contributions from 104 students amounting to 186 original works from five partnering public high schools: Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island.

(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—March 26, 2020—Miller Art Museum invites community members to participate in a sketchbook challenge—no matter age or skill level—to document this unprecedented time in our lives. The Miller will have FREE sketchbooks available tomillersketchbookchallenge graphic1 anyone wishing to participate. A blank sketchbook may be picked-up any time after 5pm Monday, March 30, 2020, from the literature box outside the south door of the Miller Art Museum office, located at 360 Nebraska Street, filled up and later dropped off or sent back to the museum when the pandemic and threat of social interaction subsides.

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