About

 Welcome to 

Atelier Mimi 

Atelier Mimi is a studio, gallery, and art school - all at once!

Owned by Artist and Art Historian Miriam Lilje, Atelier Mimi is a place where friends come together to paint, draw, craft, experiment with different materials and techniques, and develop their creative skills in a relaxed environment.

We meet our students one-on-one or in small groups of up to four people, so that classes can be tailored towards individual needs.

At Atelier Mimi, students get to explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques, such as pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil.

We also offer collage, printmaking, as well as arts and crafts projects. 

Besides learning to see our surroundings with an artist's eye, we look at the work of famous artists of the past and their contributions to art history for inspiration.

Miriam truly enjoys teaching people who are at different stages in their lives. All ages and skill levels are welcome! 


In addition to being an art school, Atelier Mimi is a gallery where Miriam's work is on display and for sale. 

Her art consists mainly of abstract paintings in acrylic and oil, mixed media, drawings, as well as handmade stationery.

Originally from northern Germany, art has always been Miriam's passion. She did not only take art as a specialty class in high school/college, but also graduated from the University of Hamburg with a Masters Degree in Art History in 2007. Her thesis explored the history of reproductive prints of the Apollo Belvedere dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. 

In 2008, she came to New Orleans and fell in love with the city immediately. 

Her first employer was the Art Department at the University of New Orleans where she taught Art History to college students. It was in this artistic environment that Miriam resumed her studio art practice.

From 2011-2016, Miriam worked at Tulane University's Newcomb Art Department as Adjunct Assistant Professor for History of Art. The courses taught at Tulane ranged from introductory Survey Classes of Prehistory to Middle Ages and Renaissance to the Present, as well as Intermediate Classes of Medieval Art and Baroque Art.

The year 2014 was a very productive one: Miriam took an Advanced Painting class with Assistant Professor Aaron Collier at Tulane University's Newcomb Art Department. 

Following this enriching experience, she had her debut solo exhibition "Ouverture" at Staple Goods, a gallery and artist collective in the St Claude Arts District of New Orleans. The show featured abstract works inspired by landscapes and classical music.

Outside of the painting studio and college classroom, Miriam Lilje can be found making music in her role as violinist and Managing Director of the Fleur de Lys Chamber Orchestra.