Miller Celebrates Topelmanns, Ingwersen

The Miller Art Museum will unveil two new exhibitions Nov. 5: Hanseatic: The Life and Work of Karsten and Ellen Topelmann in the first-floor main galleries, and New Acquisitions from James J. Ingwersen on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine.

Door County’s landscape has long piqued the imagination of visual artists, including Karsten Topelmann (1929-2021) and his wife, Ellen Sprogø-Topelmann (1926-2016). The 34-work exhibition collectively shares their beloved Ephraim, their family and the considerable accomplishments and talents of two extraordinary artists. 

In tandem, a collection of 12 paintings and two bronze sculptures will be featured with existing collection works by James J. Ingwersen. Both exhibitions will be on display through Dec. 30.

“Mother, Bertha G. Ingwersen” by James J. Ingwersen, oil, 1954.

Public programs to celebrate these legacy artists will begin with an exhibition preview – a private tour led by curator Helen del Guidice – for members and volunteers Nov. 4, 4-5 pm. 

On Nov. 5, 2-3 pm, del Guidice will talk with Lars and Lisa Topelmann about the life and work of their parents. A Q&A period will follow the conversation, and attendees are invited to share anecdotes about the artists. An opening reception for both exhibitions will follow, 3-4:30 pm, when light refreshments will be served and Craig Schultz will provide music. 

The Ephraim Historical Foundation will share research and artifacts about the Topelmann legacy Nov. 10, 10:30-11:30 am. Executive director Cody Schreck and educator Kathleen Harris will discuss the regional impact of these celebrated legacy artists.

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