Winter’s Spring: An Ältere Garten by Leslie Iwai

Oct. 24, 2020 - Feb. 26, 2021 | Main Galleries

Middleton-based artist Leslie Iwai explores the connection between elders and children with vibrant colors and sculptural creations, which unfold a joyful, metaphoric garden. While kindergarten recalls stories and images of burgeoning children, blossoming gardens and childhood adventures, the Ältere Garten contemplates the re-emergence of innocence and childhood wonder that comes in the later decades of life. From 20-foot tulips to a cluster of hutch bunnies, Iwai creates an exciting and reflective adventure to be enjoyed by children of all ages and the young at heart. Along with Iwai’s works, artist Pat Zastrow, who is one source of Leslie’s inspiration for the exhibition, presents her journals and paintings documenting the growth and memories her garden represents over a 50-year period. Additional drawings and sculptural works by Iwai enhance the exhibition showing Leslie’s long-standing fascination with the intimate and her tender, caretaking perspective. 

Door County Reads:  Station Eleven Exhibition

Jan. 30 - Feb. 15, 2021 | Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine

The Miller Art Museum is pleased to partner with the Door County Library for Door County Reads with a pop-up exhibition in conjunction with the 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, January 30 and run through Monday, February 15, 2021.

From Deep Within: Meditations of Wisconsin Abstractionists

Jan. 16 - Feb. 26, 2021 | Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine

From Deep Within: Meditations of Wisconsin Abstractionists features the work of regional artists Marjorie Mau of Green Bay, Cristian Andersson of Appleton, and Alyssa Krause of Milwaukee and examines the meditations behind the work of the three, who present distinctly different painting styles.

Primary Characters: Contemporary American Realism by Ariana Vaeth

Mar. 6 - Apr. 19, 2021 | Main Galleries

Milwaukee-based artist Ariana Vaeth’s realist paintings focus on a personal narrative that honors interactions with those who instruct her character. The autobiographical self-portraits are staged cinematically, with a primary cast of characters who re-enact the cherished and confidential moments of Vaeth’s private life.

“Like the American Realist painter Edward Hopper, Ariana locates her subjects in dramatic interior spaces, which isolate the figures from the outside world and holds the viewer’s eye on a captivating, unfolding scene,” says Curator Helen del Guidice. 

Akin to the subjects of Mary Cassatt, Vaeth’s subjects interact with a sense of joy, physical connection and deep familial bond. By utilizing baroque methods of performative gestures, Vaeth animates her subjects, congealing them in full motion and mid-sentence, suspending them in a state of vulnerability where they are fully reciprocal and indulging the moment.  

Women Telling Stories

Mar. 6 - Apr. 19, 2021 | Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine

Women Telling Stories celebrates the work of four women artists, three of which are represented in the museum’s permanent collection in honor of Women’s History Month: IsAbel Beaudoin, Judith Roth, Suzanne Rose and Claire Kat Erickson. The Roth works are part of a larger portfolio of works gifted from the Kohler Foundation, Inc. by the influential Chicago artist.

Featured Door County artist Claire Kat Erickson presents a galleria of embroidered line drawing portraits of friends and strangers that take a gentle eye-to-eye look at the grace, potential and humanity of each of her subjects. The melancholic faces and in-progress details of the sewing suggest the need to heal the inequitable relationship between the generalized society and people of color.  

47th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art

Virtual Exhibition

A highlight of the Miller’s annual exhibition program, the SoHSA highlights work from more than 100 students ages 15-18 years from each of the Peninsula’s five high schools:  Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and Washington Island High Schools.

Mike + Schomer:  Cows, Color & Camaraderie

Apr. 24 - May 29, 2021 | Main Galleries

Mike + Schomer: Cows, Color and Comaraderie celebrates the kinship of artists Mike Judy (American, b. 1952) and Schomer Lichtner (American, 1905-2006) through the colorful and eccentric work they created. The exhibition highlights 45 paintings and works on paper from elegant posing ballerinas—a lifelong  favorite subject of Lichtner—to gritty jazz musicians showcasing Judy's lifelong love affair with fine art and music, and cigarette smoking fish to a cast of curious cows. The exhibition showcases Judy's works, which span his career and features a selection of new works, and rarely-exhibited permanent collection works by the late Milwaukee artist Schomer Lichtner, acquired by the museum in 2010 through the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Factory Made: Artists Explore the Industrial Scar

June 5 - Jul. 19, 2021 | Main Galleries

In the main galleries, a visual exploration of how industry shapes the landscape and alters the environment with work by Brendan Baylor, James Cagle, Holli Jacobson, Melissa Resch and Katie Ries. In contrast, works by Theodore Czebotar, Ed Fenendael, Brett Kosmider, and Marco Romantini featured on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine, removes industry from the equation and highlights the relationship between man, animals, and wilderness.

Scandinavian American: Photography by National Geographic Explorer Erika Skogg

Jul. 24 - Sept. 20, 2021 | Main Galleries

Featuring photographer and National Geographic explorer Erika Skogg’s intimate portrayal of Scandinavian communities around the Great Lakes and never-before-published black and white Door County photographs from the National Geographic archives.

46th Juried Annual

Sept. 25 - Nov. 8, 2021

Featuring new and exciting contemporary work of Wisconsin visual artists, this exhibition highlights exceptional work in a variety of two-dimensional disciplines: painting, drawing, graphics, and photography.

Wildlife Biennial XX

Nov. 13 - Dec. 30, 2021 | Main Galleries

The Wildlife Biennial celebrates artists' fascination with living creatures in Wisconsin’s natural environment and throughout the world, and features artwork in a variety of media.

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