Experimentation and Unconventional Media on Display at Miller Art Museum

From Jan. 23 – March 8, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay presents an invitational exhibition featuring two- and three-dimensional media works of 10 contemporary regional artists, including five 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 Jan. 23, 3 – 4:30 pm. 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.

“Brother and Sister” by Polly Sills.

“Brother and Sister” by Polly Sills.

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) for example, are using technologies such as video and stop-motion animation. Polly Sills and Jim Rericha (Sturgeon Bay) 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) combines several traditional techniques to create his imagery.

“Blue Plate Special” by Jim Rericha.

“Blue Plate Special” by Jim Rericha.

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

The museum is located in the Sturgeon Bay Public Library at 107 S. 4th Avenue. Admission is free and the museum is fully accessible. Hours are 10 am to 8 pm on Mon. and 10 am to 5 pm Tues. through Sat. Closed Sundays. For more information, call 920.746.0707 or visit

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