On Nov. 9, a crowd of artists and art enthusiasts gathered at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay to celebrate the artists whose work was included in the museum’s 44th Juried Annual regional exhibition, which features 48 contemporary works by artists from Door, Kewaunee, Brown, Manitowoc, Oconto and Sheboygan counties.
Each year, the Miller Art Museum provides a platform for artists of the region to exhibit their work and compete for one of eight cash awards totaling $1,175. This year’s exhibit encompasses work by 37 artists in a rich array of media, subject matter and genres – including abstraction, plein air, landscapes, portraiture and still life – that was selected from more than 120 pieces submitted.
This year’s jurors were Nell Jarosh, co-owner of Edgewood Orchard Galleries; Emmett Johns, artist and owner of Emmett Johns Studio; and Katie Ries, an assistant professor of art at St. Norbert College.
These awards were presented at the reception:
Special Merit Awards (chosen by unanimous jury vote)
• “Painter’s Collection” by Mary Ellen Sisulak
• “Winter Stream” by Jim Leathem
• “Pause Between Play” by Archelle Wolst
Juror’s Choice Awards (chosen by the individual jurors)
• “Celebrate Paint #2” by Andrea Kinsey-Jauquet (Emmett Johns)
• “Evening Breeze” by Ginnie Cappaert (Nell Jarosh)
• “Complex” by Curtis Judd (Katie Ries)
Bonnie Hartmann Award for Creativity (chosen by Miller Art Museum staff)
• “Tub Time” by Janine Buechner
Gerhard CF Miller Award of Excellence (chosen by Miller Art Museum staff)
• “Morning Mist” by Marty Gerber
A special moment came during the reception when Judd, a Juror’s Choice Award recipient, accepted his honor in memory of his father, CMSgt Arlie E. Judd, who was buried in the DFW National Military Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas, during the weekend.
This year’s exhibition will be on display until Dec. 23, 2019. Other exhibiting artists are Cheryl Becht, Martha Coaty, Sharon Delvoye, Nikki Finnigan, Lynn Gilchrist, Paul Goderstad, David Heilman, Thomas Jordan, Brett Kosmider, Mitch Leavitt, Jeff Logic, Mary Ann Logic, Sandra Martinez, Steve Monske, Katy Moore, Jeff O’Keeffe, Melissa Resch, Susan Reynolds-Smith, Jim Rossol, Nancy Sargent, Mac Schueppert, Madonna Siles, David Skidmore, Arlene Stanger, Marilyn Stasiak, Nicki Sylvain, Hermke Timm, Karsten Topelmann and Amanda Wiesman.
The prospectus for the 45th Juried Annual will be available at millerartmuseum.org in late summer 2020.