FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (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.
“Over 100 artists submitted works for consideration in this year’s exhibition,” says Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum. “And of those 100 artists, 38 were selected, exhibiting 48 works total,” continues Shoshany Anderson. “Then, from the artists selected to participate in the exhibition, a select few are chosen to receive cash awards. The Jurors for the exhibition select the awards, along with museum staff.”
The three Jurors for this year’s exhibition Angela Johnson (Madison), Jason Houge (Green Bay), and Barbara Shakal (Sturgeon Bay).
The Juror’s Choice Award Winners (receiving $200 each) were Joan Emmett, for her digital collage titled Great Uncle Logos, Tom Friese, for his oil and cold wax painting Flyover Series: Mediterranean Meets the Sahara, and Sandra Martinez, for her acrylic mixed media painting The Walk Home.
Three Merit Awards were chosen by the Jurors as well, receiving $250 each. This year, the recipients of that award were Gail Ann Anderson, for her oil painting Stop, Stop!, Sharon Auberle, for her digital photograph Another Wall, and Mara Manning, for her oil and cold wax painting Subtle Changes. This award is given to artists who demonstrate exceptional technical abilities or who submit extremely unique works.
The Gerhard Miller Award for Excellence, which is comprised of a $500 cash prize as well as a commemorative medallion awarded to the recipient, was awarded to Matt Kapinos for his watercolor painting Obsolescence. This award celebrates exceptional work done in a magical realism style, continuing the tradition of work done by Gerhard Miller, the Museum’s founder. The final award of the night was the Bonnie Hartmann Award for Outstanding Creativity, for $100 and inscription on the commemorative plaque that hangs in the gallery. The award went to Laura Witt for her sumi-ink drawing Untitled. This award, named for former Museum Director Bonnie Hartmann, celebrates work done in an unexpected medium or creative style.
“We thank all artists who submitted work and who are participating in the exhibition,” says Shoshany Anderson, “And we look forward to next years submissions!”
Exhibiting artists are Gail Ann Anderson, Sharon Auberle, Rick Brawner, Donna Brown, Janine Beuchner, W. Joseph Christiansen, Martha Coaty, Luke Collins, Sharon Delvoye, Joan Emmett, Pam Flanders, Tom Friese, Faith Frykman, Richard A. Geudtner, Mitchel Heinrichs, Susan Hoffman, Frances Holt, Thomas Jordan, J Jorns, Matt Kapinos, Andrea Kinsey-Jauquet, Brigitte Kozma, Stephanie Lord, Elizabeth Maltman, Mara Manning, Sandra Martinez, Steven Monske, Rolf Olson, Brian Pier, Brian Pirman, Melissa Resch, Susan Reynolds-°©Smith, Kim Rosploch, Dianne Saron, Marilyn Stasiak, Hermke Timm, Patricia A. Williams, and Laura Witt.
The exhibition will run until December 22, 2018.
The museum is located within the Door County Library at 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Hours are Monday 10-8, Tuesday through Saturday 10-5. Closed Sunday. Admission is free; an elevator is available to access galleries on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine. For more information about the exhibit or the museum, call (920) 746-0707 or visit www.millerartmuseum.org.