James Ingwersen Exhibit at Miller Art Museum

Captured Moments: Select Portraits by James J. Ingwersen exhibit opened July 21 at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. This exhibit is a landmark retrospective on the celebrated career of the Door County artist spanning more than six decades. Known for his commissioned portraits hanging in universities, courthouses and halls of state, this exhibit takes a more personal look at portraits of the artist’s patrons, friends and family.

Ingwersen became well known for his lifelike style of portraiture, but also for his ability to capture a sitter’s essence and paint their likeness in a single session. He hosted Sunday sketch classes at his gallery and studio in Sister Bay for decades, oftentimes using his own friends and family as the models.

Captured Moments features more than 40 works spanning six decades, drawn from the collection of the artist, loaned by his friends, and several from the permanent collection of the Miller Art Museum. Accompanying the exhibit is a book titled James J. Ingwersen: Captured Moments in a Painter’s Life by the artist’s niece, Karen Davidson Seward, which includes an introduction by Miller Art Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead. For more information visit

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