The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is pleased to announce the opening of a group invitational exhibition of work by 40 regional artists, Abstract Thoughts. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, September 15 with a free public reception from 5 – 6:30pm for artists, their guests and the community. It will remain on view in the main gallery of the Museum through November 6.
Abstract Thoughts considers abstraction as a process of visual transformation; as thought transmuted into art. Exhibiting artists explore a central dilemma: how can non-representational art illustrate the ethereal inner landscapes of the mind? These contemporary works are created in a diverse variety of media—painting, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, ceramics, and prints—contemplating the essence of emotion.
“Abstraction is really an interesting and sometimes polarizing concept,” says Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson. “Some people love abstraction or abstracted visuals, while some people prefer representational art. This exhibition, while featuring art that explores the concept of abstraction, still includes works with recognizable elements,” Shoshany Anderson continues, “so the exhibition will have something for everyone, and provide a thoughtful look at the practice.
Exhibiting artists include James Barany, Janet Ballweg, Trenton Baylor, Ernest Beutel, Donna Brown, Martha Coaty, Dennis M. Connolly, Dan Cross, John Dietrich, Jim Evans, Jenna Freimuth, Marty Gerber, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Farida Hughes, Bill Greider, Thomas Jordan, Karen Kunc, Cody LaCrosse, Margaret Lockwood, Sandra Martinez, Wence Martinez, Marjorie Mau, Diane McNeil, Lee Mothes, George Ouimette, Gail D. Panske, Cheryl Stidwell Parker, Monica Ramirez, Kristi Roenning, Nancy Sargent, Olivia Schreiner, Arlene Stanger, Steven W. Stanger, Tony Staroska, Stephanie Trenchard, Hermke Timm, Rina Yoon, Gary Weidner, Mindy Sue Wittock, and John Zehren.
“Each artist in this eclectic exhibit has responded in their own way to the concept of abstraction and the mind,” says Shoshany Anderson, “and with the variety of mediums and works, the outcome is an incredibly vibrant exhibition.”
Abstract Thoughts is made possible, in part, with financial support from Dennis and Bonnie Connolly, Third Avenue Playhouse, Miller Art Museum sustaining members with generous support from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibit continues through November 6, 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.
About the Miller Art Museum
The Miller Art Museum is a multifaceted nonprofit organization showcasing an array of visual art through ever-changing thematic, invitational and juried exhibits and houses a stunning permanent collection of Wisconsin art. 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.