(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—February 21, 2019—The Miller Art Museum is excited to announce the opening of a new exhibition Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The exhibition features the work of visual artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arabic diaspora. The contemporary works include painting, photography, and drawing, all working in a narrative frame to tell stories of refuge, displacement, war, and contemporary visual culture. The visual arts exhibition will be accompanied by a theater production at Third Avenue Playhouse, drawing inspiration from the artwork.
Habiba Sheikh, a curator and performance artist originally from Lebabon, organized the exhibition. “I hope that through this exhibition, people realize that we all have so much in common,” said Sheikh. The show’s title, Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me), alludes to the idea that “people are more alike than different, that we are all human,” she continued. According to a report done by the UN in June 2018, there are at least 12.2 million children under 18, half of the refugees around the world, who are “cast adrift by political currents and war.” Many of the artists whose work is featured in this exhibition are residents of occupied areas or refugee camps.
The artist’s visual works are presented in a theatrical fashion, with a narrative arc corresponding to “acts” within the show. The works are also seen alongside Sheikh’s poetic texts, using storytelling to express the experiences of those who are often voiceless, or demonized within the American mindset or press. “We are thrilled to partner with Habibah Sheikh in exhibiting these works,” said Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson, curator of exhibitions and collections at the Miller Art Museum. “The vibrant, beautiful pieces tell stories that we don’t often hear. It’s different work than we’re used to seeing, however stories of diaspora, displacement, and migration are relevant to Door County as a tourism-based economy operating on a largely seasonal basis. We have had a history of cultural exchange via shipping routes, as well as transient populations relevant to seasonal tourism and agricultural workers passing through this area for quite some time,” continued Shoshany Anderson.
(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—November 13, 2018—The Miller Art Museum is pleased to announce the award winners from the 43d Juried Annual Exhibition. Every year the Miller Art Museum invites artists 18 years of age and older to submit up to two works in two-dimensional media for consideration in this competitive exhibition. Artists from Door County and the surrounding five counties (Sheboygan, Brown, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Oconto) are invited to submit works.
(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—December 7, 2018—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay today announced that it is a recipient a 2018 Green Bay Packers Foundation grant. The Foundation on Wednesday awarded $800,000 to 230 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin. This grant will support the Community Mural Project, a public art project in the city of Sturgeon Bay.