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Miller Exhibition Supports Next Generation of Artists

The Miller Art Museum is honoring student artists on the peninsula through its 49th Salon of Door County High School Art. The exhibition, on display April 15 – May 27, showcases 164 artworks in a range of media by 116 students – freshmen to seniors – who attend the five partnering public schools. 

“Destiny” by Bianca Stanger, Sevastopol High School, grade 12
“Birthday Picnic” by Jacquy Sandoval, Gibraltar High School, grade 10
“The Aftermath of Fred,” a collaboration by Clara Birkholz and Ombeline Finck, Gibraltar High School, grade 10

A reception set for April 17, 7-8:30 pm, is an opportunity for the public to celebrate the students and their work. Light refreshments will be served.

“Carrier” by Joseph Lux, Washington Island High School, grade 12
“Untitled” by Laila Ianson, Southern Door High School, grade 9

Remarks will begin at 7:30 pm, when art teachers will present certificates of participation to all student artists, and the Miller Art Museum will present five Awards of Excellence and five honorable mentions, all cash awards. Awards of Excellence winners will receive certificates for the Peninsula School of Art, and one Sevastopol High School student will receive a $100 cash award in memory of art educator James Rericha. The presentation will conclude with each art department receiving a $100 cash award for the purchase of art supplies – a perpetuating gift made possible by the Door County Art League, which dissolved in 2016.

“Squishy” by Cameron Munao, Washington Island High School, grade 9
“Estrella” by Crystal Espinoza, Sevastopol High School, grade 12
“Meat Suits” by Emily Purdy, Southern Door High School, grade 12

In 2022, the museum started using the Salon as a vehicle to develop additional opportunities for young people to be involved with the museum, including the Alumni Exchange and Art Ambassadors Program. 

“Dancers” by Tia Marie LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay High School, grade 12
“Portrait with Halo” by Simon Hall, Sturgeon Bay High School, grade 12

“Our monthly meetings have been an awesome opportunity to see each student’s process up close, be witness to and encourage their developing styles, and support their involvement with new initiatives through events like the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl,” said Marie Kimball, the museum’s education and outreach coordinator. “M3, our satellite education space, is beginning to formulate a path of opportunities for creatives in our community – especially these young artists – and in the year ahead, we look forward to engaging with them more deeply.”

“What Do You See?” by Hallie Henkel, Gibraltar High School, grade 10
“Hand Study” by Maddie Finger, Southern Door High School, grade 10

“Embodiment of Me” by Rita Valentincic, Washington Island High School, grade 9

Interested in supporting the Miller Art Museum’s Art Ambassadors Program or the Alumni Exchange? Contact Kimball at 920.746.0707 or [email protected].

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