Miriam Lilje

Click on the link below for a virtual tour of the artist's studio, her inspiration, concepts, and teaching space. 

Originally from northern Germany, art has always been Miriam's passion. She 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.

While working at Tulane University's Newcomb Art Department as Adjunct Assistant Professor for History of Art (2011-2016), Miriam started her own art business on Oak Street. She founded Atelier Mimi, a small gallery and teaching studio, in 2012.

The following years were very productive: Miriam took an Advanced Painting class with Aaron Collier and presented her debut solo exhibition "Ouverture" at Staple Goods in 2014. The show featured abstract works inspired by landscapes and classical music.

Miriam’s work is still rooted in abstraction. Although forms such as trees and creeping vines can be seen in her work, she lets the fluidity of her brush take precedence over finite details. Much of Lilje’s work includes washes of color - purple, green, blue - that stand in contrast to outlines and structure. Most recently her paintings were on view at Claire Elizabeth Gallery in New Orleans’ French Quarter. 

In January 2019, Miriam moved her studio gallery to a larger space on Magazine Street, facilitating an interdisciplinary dialogue between a variety of artists. At the onset of the corona virus pandemic in 2020, she opted to close her brick and mortar store and is now operating out of her home in Uptown New Orleans. 

December 2020
Annual Holiday Sale and Miriam's Home Studio Opening Celebration  

July 2020
Artist Feature "Travel Essay in Paint" at Claire Elizabeth Gallery

January 2020
Journeys, solo exhibition at Atelier Mimi

September 2019
Exhibition at Cherry Espresso Bar

January 2019
Opening of Atelier Mimi at its new location on Magazine Street

November 2018-January 2019
Musings - A Group Exhibition at Claire Elizabeth Gallery featuring works by Emery Gluck, Brooke Hoogendoorn, and Miriam Lilje 

August-September 2018
Urban Sketchers Exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design

April-August 2018
Exhibition of recent works at Paris Parker Studio, Magazine Street

November 2017
Mimi's Art Yard | An eclectic art market in the courtyard of Atelier Mimi, coinciding with PoBoy Festival on Oak Street  

October 2017-May 2018
Featured artist at the mixed merchant southern collective store Market at Magazine & Sixth 

December 2016-present
Annual Louise S. McGehee School Book Week and Holiday Boutique - A fair for boutique owners, crafters, and artists

October 2016
22nd Annual Poydras Home Art Show in New Orleans | Juried and Sales Exhibition

April 23, 2016
Group exhibition at the inaugural Celebrate Mental Health Festival at Tulane University

March 24th, 2016
Mystery Sonatas, a multi-sensory meditation on the Holy Rosary featuring artwork by fifteen artists and a performance of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's complete Mystery Sonatas for scordatura violin (Kate Withrow) and continuo.
Exhibition and concert at the Marigny Opera House

Sept 2015-January 2018
Green Wave Community Market
Sundays at Hillel, 912 Broadway St

Dec 2014-March 2015
Landscapes, exhibition at Paris Parker Studio, Magazine St

Sept/Oct 2014 
Ouverture, solo exhibition at Staple Goods Art Gallery
Landscapes, exhibition at Cafe Luna

June/July 2014 
Landscapes, exhibition at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, French Quarter

Various events at Art Studio and Gallery Atelier Mimi 
Changing solo and group exhibitions
Open Studio Day on selected Saturdays
Student Exhibitions 

Annual Holiday Sale at Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University

Annual Scandinavian Festival Christmas Sale, Norwegian Seamen's Church

Monthly Art Sale at Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park