The Miller Art Museum welcomes Nicole Shaver of Milwaukee as the 2022 Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist-in-Residence. The museum administers the residence, now in its second year, in conjunction with the Quinlan/Wagner family to continue Al Quinlan’s original vision for the house to serve as a creative haven for artists.
The program invites early to mid-career Midwestern artists to reside for eight weeks at the Dome House to focus on creative development, camaraderie, sense of belonging, learning and community. Shaver was selected from a pool of 24 applicants. She receives an unlimited $500 stipend, as well as access to Door County’s signature structure and resources to advance her work.
Inspired by ideas of place and belonging, she uses geographical sites as metaphorical compasses to navigate the space between reality and fantasy, the ordinary and the sublime.
“I have a particular interest in the human relationship to place: humanity’s active role in the construction, destruction and idealization of landscape,” Shaver said. “I believe Door County should not be seen as something separate from civilization; instead, portrayed as a place that humanity fundamentally alters and continues to shape. I’m curious to document the boreal forest through the lens of the Anthropocene and how that information is distributed, whether it’s part truth or part fantasy.
Shaver holds a BFA from UW-Madison and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She has participated in artist residencies in Colorado, Iceland, North Carolina, Ohio, Portugal and Vancouver and has exhibited widely in the United States and Scandinavia.