Door County Art: Two Speakers Expound on Portrait Exhibit at Miller Art Museum

Visitors interested in learning more about the newest exhibit at the Miller Art Museum, “Portraits of Americans Who Tell The Truth,” – a collection of 35 portraits of courageous and engaged Americans by Maine artist Rob Shetterly – will have two opportunities to do so.

On Saturday, October 4 from 3 – 4:30 pm, a reception will be held in honor of Rob Shetterly, who will give a Museum Talk at 3:30 pm, which is free and open to the public.

Shetterly’s passion for a healthy democracy is very apparent when he speaks to audiences, and he will share his experiences during this ambitious project of painting over 123 portraits. His artistic activism inspires and helps to remind visitors that an engaged and involved citizenry who speak and work for peace, justice, and environmental protection is inherent in the founding of this American democracy.

In addition to his talk at the Miller Art Museum, Shetterly will spend Friday with students in the middle school art classes in Sturgeon Bay, talking with them about his project and what it means.

Then on Thursday, October 9 at 10:30 am, art historian Virginia Maher will give a thought-provoking Museum Talk and slide lecture, “Art As Social Commentary,” in conjunction with the current exhibit. The museum will open at 10 am for coffee and socializing, as well as viewing the exhibit.

Maher’s presentation will focus on the notion that art as social commentary, and even political dissent, is not a new concept. Artists throughout history have used visual mediums to make social and political statements.

With an M.A. in Art History from UW-Milwaukee, Maher is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, has lectured widely on diverse subjects at several universities and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She is currently a faculty member and Director of the Madeline Tourtelot Archives and Study Center at the Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek.

The Miller Art Museum is located at 107 S 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.746.0707 or visit