Art Gallery Exhibitions

The Merrill Lynch Fine Arts Gallery showcases local artists whose work captures the spirit of the Lake Superior region.

Upcoming Exhibit

After the Burn: Beauty and Renewal on Isle Royal by Matt Kania

Opening reception: June 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

After the Burn will be on display from May 31 through September 3, 2024

A solo exhibition of 24 plein air and 7 studio oil paintings and drawings
documenting the visual scars of a wildfire and the process of vegetative renewal
at Isle Royale National Park.

In 2021, a wildfire burned more than 300 acres of wilderness on Isle Royale National Park.
Matt Kania, as a resident artist, supported by the National Park Service, documented the visual
scars of the wildfire for 2 consecutive years in 2022-23, with the goal of conveying the beauty
of nature’s renewal process through fire, while capturing the remarkable appearance of the
landscape and environment in recovery. Additional features of the exhibit include educational
interpretive panels and an atlas of maps in book form, showing where the paintings were
created with corresponding GPS coordinates.

This exhibition also considers the possible e ects of climate change toward the increasing
likelihood of wildfires across our region and the ability of ecosystems to recover under current
climate conditions. Matt uses his mastery of oil painting and drawing to tell stories about our
environment in change. His focus for the first 15 years of his plein air and studio oil painting
career has been learning the craft of painting, while immersing himself in nature to engage,
observe, and share his experiences in the form of oil paintings and drawings.

Visitors will enjoy this immersive experience while viewing these otherworldly landscapes of
shape and form.

Current & Past Exhibitions

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