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By Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead / Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 10:05 am
Unconventional Art Materials and Processes Featured in Miller Art Museum’s “You Draw and Paint on What?”

STURGEON BAY, WI (January 18, 2015) – From January 23–March 8, 2016, the Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay presents an invitational exhibition featuring two- and three-dimensional media works of ten contemporary regional artists, including 5 from Door County, in an exhibit celebrating experimentation and the exploration of unconventional media, “You Draw and Paint on What?”. 

An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 from 3 – 4:30pm; the event is free and open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served and patrons will have the opportunity to meet and greet with exhibiting artists.

The exhibition has been guest curated by printmaker and Museum Assistant R. Michael Nitsch.

Nitsch states, “The exhibition focuses on skilled professional artists who create consistent bodies of work in unconventional ways. It is the adult version of childhood experiences of experimentation: finding a shiny tube of color in our mother’s purse that made great marks on the wall, your arm or leg; PB&J also worked well. These first innocent experiences of creation with mark making tools are transformed in adulthood to serious exploration.”

While pursuing his own art investigations and printmaking, Nitsch became curious about this concept. Some of these artists, James Barany (Waukesha, WI) for example, are using technologies such as video and stop-motion animation. Barany’s installation will transform the west end of the museum's first floor exhibition space. Polly Sills and Jim Rericha (Sturgeon Bay, WI) re-use found objects such as antique wood or textiles in combination with traditional material, acrylic paint, or the manipulation of images. Steve Vande Zande (Milwaukee, WI) combines several traditional techniques - collage, rubbings, and printmaking - to create his imagery. 

“It has been a real pleasure to watch Michael compose this exhibition. His many years of experience as an artist, teacher, art handler, observer and student of the world of art have served him well as he assembled this diverse group of artists exploring their unique visions," said Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Deborah Rosenthal. 


Pipka Ulvilden and Tom Seagard (Sister Bay, WI) and Cynthia Wolfe (Fish Creek, WI) explore new combinations of materials to construct their mixed media work.  Dennis Bayuzick (Kenosha, WI) uses found textiles (men’s ties) with airbrushed acrylic to create one of his works: Tie Tryp-tych. Gabriela Pettit and Bill Reid (Racine, WI) build sculptural forms, with Gabriela using the tradition of the artist book and Bill making fantasy creations of painted steel.


“You Draw and Paint on What?” is generously supported in part by Jack and Sue Anderson and Dennis and Bonnie Connolly and will be on display through Tuesday, March 8 at 5pm. For more information, call 920.746.0707 or go to www.millerartmuseum.org.


Education and Public Programs 
A free Artist’s Talk, open to both the museum’s volunteer membership and the general public, is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:30 am. A separate press release will be disseminated with further details of the event.


About the Miller Art Museum

The Miller Art Museum is a year-round public art museum featuring changing thematic, invitational and juried exhibits as well as a stunning collection of 20th c. Wisconsin art, including the work of nationally lauded artist Gerhard CF Miller. The museum’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1975 and continues through its mission to foster and inspire the creative life of the community and to be a catalyst for enrichment through cultural, art appreciation, and educational programming for people of all ages.


Location and Hours

The museum is located in the Sturgeon Bay Public Library at 107 S. 4th Avenue. Admission is free and the museum is fully accessible; an elevator is available to access galleries in the mezzanine. Free parking.


Hours are 10am to 8pm on Monday and 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Credit: Bill Reid, “Signs of Sinking” painted steel

36 S. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI
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