Professional Development

The Miller Art Museum Seeks Artists for Residency Program

The Miller Art Museum Seeks Artists for Residency Program

The Miller Art Museum, located in downtown Sturgeon Bay, today announced that applications are open for its 2024†Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency†program. After three successful years of welcoming four visual artists from across the Midwest, the Museum, in partnership with the Quinlan/Wagner family, is thrilled to once again open the doors of the iconic Dome House to a new artist in 2024. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2024.

The†Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency†was established in 2021 and has served four Midwest artists in its inaugural years. If selected for the 2024 program, one artist will be provided with an 8-week opportunity to reside at the Dome House, a twin-lobed (one side for a residence, the other for a studio) domed concrete structure built into sand dunes abutting Whitefish Dunes State Park and situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. The experience offers artists a unique respite from day-to-day life and the sights and sounds of nature provide a haven for the development of creative work, given the proximity to the parks and surrounding natural areas.†The program is also a conduit for community engagement with a diverse offering of programming and events throughout the residency period. The resident artist is required to actively engage the public through outreach for a minimum of 5 hours per week, on or off-site. Midwest artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin can apply online at†https // The 2024 program is scheduled to run from August 4 – September 29, 2024.

ìWe are thrilled to announce our acceptance of applications for the 2024 program,î says Miller Art Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead. ìThe continued involvement and success of our first four resident artists speaks volumes to the immeasurable impact this program has had on their artistic practice and careers.î

ìThe Dome House Residency was the most unique and productive of the five international residencies I have attended,î says 2023 resident artist Christopher T. Wood of Milwaukee. ìThe house itself was designed to be an artistís living and working space, and it certainly serves that purpose well. The setting was inspiring and allowed me to pause my anxious and distracted city brain and focus on my job as an artist in a way I have not been able to for years. My time in the Dome House was a gift and served to reinvigorate my practice and my psyche. Impressively, the residency program serves to give the artist ample solitude in the studio and the surrounding natural area, while simultaneously serving as what felt like a major hub of connection for the community. I had visitors from all over the county as well as travelers who were passing through the area.î

ìWeíve realized Alís vision in bringing the Dome House to life and in tandem, are carrying on the legacy of museum founder Gerhard Millerñña mentor, cultivator of community, and a supporter of artists through and throughññin such a beautiful way through this program. To be witness to, in my role directing the program in partnership with the Quinlanís, the tremendous influence itís having on the artistic landscape and development and growth of artists in Sturgeon Bay is gratifying,î Gigstead continued.

For guidelines or more information about the residency program or the Dome House, visit†https // Applications for the 2024 residency will be accepted through Friday, April 5, 2024.


Artist and printmaker Al Quinlan designed and built the Dome House in 1978ónow an iconic Door County structureówith a vision for a live/work space existing in equilibrium with the surrounding natural landscape. His daughter MaryGrace Quinlan and her husband Kurt Wagner purchased and renovated the home in 2018, and, together with their family, operate it as a community space and working studio. The†Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residencyóa single-artist, application-based program focused in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, and photographyówas launched in 2021 as a partnership between the Miller Art Museum and Quinlan family, and invites emerging and mid-career artists located from the Midwest to the Peninsula to reside for 8 weeks each year.†The iconic structure includes an open-concept residence and a sizable working studio for a unique live/work experience.†This collaborative partnership serves the broader mission of the Dome House, which is to provide artists working in all mediums with space for creativity, contemplation, and inspiration. Learn more at††and follow @thedomehouse on Instagram.


Founded in 1975 through the generosity of Gerhard and Ruth Miller, the Miller Art Museum enriches the cultural fabric of Door County by connecting artists and community through the creation of opportunities to explore, appreciate, and advance the visual arts. It is the Peninsulaís only fine art museum, housing a dynamic permanent collection of 20th c. Wisconsin art. The Museumís main galleries feature regularly changing exhibitions, embracing a wide range of subjects and media, both historic and contemporary; the second floor Gerhard CF Miller wing surveys the extraordinary life and work of founder Gerhard CF Miller. The museum also offers diverse supplemental programming and events through its satellite education facility known as M3, located at 142 S. 3rd†Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

The museum is located at 107 S. 4th†Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI, 54235 inside the Door County Library in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. For information call 920.746.0707 or visit the museum on Instagram at†@MillerArtMuseum†or Facebook at†Miller Art Museum.