Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (September 3, 2020) — The Miller Art Museum is pleased to announce the award winners from the 45th Juried Annual.
Every year the Miller Art Museum invites regional 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.
“We had nearly 150 works submitted for consideration in this year’s exhibition,” says Helen del Guidice, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections. “In total, 47 works were selected by a three-member jury panel,” continued del Guidice. “Then, from the artists selected to participate in the exhibition, a select few are chosen to receive cash awards. The jurors collectively select the majority of the awards, along with two chosen by museum staff.”
This year’s jury panel was comprised of industry professionals Ted Lott, Artist, Designer (Grand Rapids, MI); Annemarie Sawkins, PhD., Independent Curator (Milwaukee, WI); and Elizabeth Wiza, Preservation Coordinator, Kohler Foundation, Inc. (Sheboygan, WI).
The Juror’s Choice Award winners (receiving $200 each) were Susan Hoffmann (Baileys Harbor) for her raw-edged fabric collage titled Gathering, Hans Nelson (Sturgeon Bay) for his print Sturgeon and Nancy Sargent (Fish Creek) for her colorful acrylic painting titled Carpet of Flowers.
Three Merit Awards were chosen by the jurors as well, receiving $250 each. This year, the recipients of that award were Cheryl Becht (Baileys Harbor), for her watercolor painting titled Perspective; Kristine Diekman (Ephraim), for her graphite on paper drawing titled Time-Based Tree; and Stephanie Lord (Sturgeon Bay), for her oil painting titled Picket Bloom. This award is given to artists who demonstrate exceptional technical abilities or who submit extremely unique works.
The Gerhard Miller Award of Excellence, which is comprised of a $500 cash prize as well as a special commemorative medallion awarded to the recipient, was awarded to Hermke Timm (Sturgeon Bay) for his egg tempera painting Reflections. This award celebrates exceptional work done in a magical realism style, continuing the tradition of work done by Gerhard CF Miller, the Museum’s founder.
The final awarded bestowed for 2020 was the Bonnie Hartmann Award for Outstanding Creativity, for $100 and inscription on the commemorative plaque that hangs in the gallery. This award goes to Liz Maltman (Fish Creek) for her mixed media piece titled Wonder Woman I. 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 del Guidice, “And we look forward to next year’s submissions!”
Following is a complete list of exhibiting artists in the 45th Juried Annual: Cristian Andersson, Alexis Arnold, Cheryl Becht, David Bueschel, Ginnie Cappaert, W. Joseph Christiansen, Daniel Cross, William Dais, Randall Dettmann, Kristine Diekman, Richard A. Geudtner, Gary Gossens, John Guger, Karen Hertz-Sumnicht, Susan Hoffmann, Phyllis Hoopman, Robert Hoopman, Thomas Jordan, Anne Kelly, Patrick Kennedy, Jim Leatham, Mitch Leavitt, Jeff Logic, Mary Ann Logic, Stephanie Lord, Liz Maltman, Janel Maples, Katy Moore, Hans Nelson, Abigail Newman, Dennis Ninmer, Kandy Otto, Sophie Perry, Brian Pirman, Susan Reynolds-Smith, Nancy Sargent, Mac Schueppert, Arlene Stanger, Seth Taylor, Hermke Timm, Christine Van Sickle, Linda Welch, Sara Willadsen, Patricia A. Williams, and Archelle Wolst.
The exhibit will be on display through October 19, 2020 and also in a virtual format through the Museum’s website after September 14 at www.millerartmuseum.org.
The Miller Art Museum re-opened on July 27 after a 4-month closure due to COVID-19, with limited hours. Temporary COVID-19 hours are Monday 12-7, Thursdays and Fridays 10-5, and Saturday 10-1. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Visitors will want to make note that masks are required for entry into the building and social distancing will be enforced. For Museum Store purchases, only credit or debit cards will be accepted and visitors will be encouraged to utilize provided hand sanitizer. A complete list of new safety protocol is available online at www.millerartmuseum.org.
The museum is located within the Door County Library at 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free; an elevator is available to access galleries on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine.
About the Miller Art Museum
The Miller Art Museum is Door County’s year-round center for exhibition, education and creative enrichment in the visual arts and the Peninsula’s only fine art museum, housing a dynamic permanent collection of 20th c. Wisconsin art. The Museum’s main gallery features regularly changing exhibitions, embracing a wide range of subjects and media, both historic and contemporary; the second floor Gerhard CF Miller wing surveys the extraordinary life and work of celebrated dean of Door County artists Gerhard CF Miller, the Museum’s namesake, along with a rotating selection of works from the permanent collection. Visit the Museum Store to browse a diverse selection of books, artisan crafts, paper goods and unique gifts.