I Listen To Color Reception at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Thank you to all that joined us at the Frank Juarez Gallery. This exhibition was special to me on many levels both personal and professional. The Frank Juarez Gallery sign was finally installed (thanks Ted) and the exterior got a final coat of orange. The use of social media made this show become a reality and the use of Skype gave us the opportunity to interact with the gallery’s first international artist, Lauri Hopkins from the UK. I had the honor to work with an artist that has made a difference in my studio practice, Anna Kunz.

Here is a video highlighting an artist talk along with reception photos by Artdose photographer, Dale Van Minsel. 

To see more reception photos [link].

This exhibition currently is featuring the works by Michael Davidson, Robert Otto Epstein, Lauri Hopkins, Anna Kunz, Rob de Oude, and Julie Torres. It ends July 26, 2014. 

We will be open on July 19 from 10am – 1pm and July 26 from 10am-4pm.


Upcoming Exhibition

Juan Juarez (NY)


August 2 – September 6, 2014

Reception: August 16 with a Skype artist talk at 6pm

Unfamiliar_1Unfamiliar” is a project motivated by personal memory and object morphology, but also the cultural associations of singular objects. Stereotypical masculine associations represented by these objects initiate an analytical dialogue between image and viewer governed by the presentation. All of the objects included in the series reveal a tangible history of use, and these visible signs of wear become a way to communicate my relationship with the objects as masculine signifiers.  This relationship is at times broken or even non-existent. Most of the masculine ideals represented like warrior, nature boy, tech geek, and protector are broken socially, politically, and culturally. Despite this they are continually recycled through popular culture and accepted social norms. There exists a comfort level associated with normative gender roles and media culture tends to promote these values through various communication platforms. My intention with creating this archive of objects is to present them as postmortem specimens. They represent masculine ideals I am unfamiliar with–some of them never attained and others I am uncomfortable with. Nevertheless, I think of them as totems with powerful and suggestive ideals, which prevail culturally as status quo.

I Listen To Color featuring works by Michael Davidson, Robert Otto Epstein, Lauri Hopkins, Anna Kunz, Rob de Oude and Julie Torres at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce its newest exhibition titled, “I Listen to Color” featuring assemblages, paintings, drawings and installation by Michael Davidson (WI), Robert Otto Epstein (NJ), Lauri Hopkins (UK), Anna Kunz (IL/NY), Rob de Oude (NY) and Julie Torres (NY). Exhibition curated by Frank Juarez.

Join us for an artist reception on July 12 from 5 to 8pm with an artist talk at 6pm. The gallery is located at 1109 North 8th Street in Sheboygan. This exhibition runs from June 21-July 26, 2014.

When you look at a piece of art what intrigues you? Is it the use of materials? The interplay between line and movement? Use of color? “I Listen To Color” is an exhibition focusing primarily on the use of color and how it drives the work of these six artists. A TedTalk presentation titled, “I Listen To Color”, which Neil Harbisson presented in June 2012, inspired the idea of curating an exhibition that is stimulated by color. Harbisson was born completely colorblind. A device was implanted in his head, which allows him to detect color through audible frequencies and as a result is able to ‘see’ color.


Michael Davidson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in 1985. Moving east, he studied with Bob Storr, Irving Sandler at Purchase College – State University of New York. In 1988, while completing his Master of FIne Arts in Painting, he moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In New York City, he worked with curators and artists installing art for the Guggenheim Museum, International Center of Photography, The American Craft Museum and numerous galleries and private collections. In addition, Michael maintained a rigorous schedule of following contemporary art, visiting approximately 450 exhibits per year, for his 15 years in New York. Michael started a design consulting practice in 1992, and is a Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in galleries in the Midwest and in New York.  

Robert Otto Epstein studied philosophy and political science at the University of Pittsburgh and law at the University of Durham in the UK. Epstein will have a solo exhibition in July at Matteawan Gallery (Beacon, NY) and will take part in a group exhibition this September at the Drawing Center (New York). He has shown widely in the US and Europe, namely, Mulherin + Pollard (New York); Ada Gallery (Richmond, VA); Jack Hanley Gallery (New York); Outpost Artist Resources (Ridgewood, NY); Voorkamer Gallery (Lier, Belgium); Airplane Gallery (Brooklyn); Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY); Schema Projects (Brooklyn, NY); Imogen Holloway (Saugerties, NY); Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn); Parallel Art Space (Brooklyn); Drive-By Projects (Watertown, MA). ROE has been featured in a number of publications, including: L Magazine, Design Sponge, Curating Contemporary, The New Criterion, Brown Paper Bag, Pattern Pulp, Juxtapoz, Little Paper Planes, Make Space, Dwell Studio, Roll Magazine, and Past Present Future. Epstein currently lives and works just outside of New York City.

Lauri Hopkin’s work crosses disciplines but primarily involves painting, collage and the re-assembling of defunct materials. Inspiration is often drawn from mid-century Architecture and Design, the history of Abstract Art, objects that have fallen out of use and childhood memories.Hopkins is based in the South of England and has exhibited regularly since completing a BA in Fine Art from The University of Chichester in 2012. Her work has been selected for numerous Art Competitions and has appeared in group shows across the UK, including The Discipline of Painting alongside works by Sean Scully and Luke Frost. She has won awards, including best exhibitor at Palace Art Fair and sells to collectors internationally. Avenir Magazine recently named her their Artist of the Week and tipped her as ‘one of the young rising stars of the contemporary art world’. She is represented by Fourwalls Gallery, Lewes and Quercus Gallery, Bath.

Anna Kunz’s work has been recently featured in exhibitions including The Olypmia Center, Chicago, Luminae at White Box NYC, curated by Juan Puentes, Spectral Landscape at Gallery 400, and at The Smart Museum on The University of Chicago’s campus. Kunz has worked collaboratively to create expansive paintings for various theatrical and dance productions, namely, for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. She completed two large scale projects, one for the Seldoms Dance Company entitled, “Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead”, and another with Paige Cunningham Calderella and the House of Ninja for The Industry of the Ordinary’s retrospective exhibition at The Chicago Cultural Center. Kunz has been the recipient of awards and nominations, from organizations such as The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in New York City, The Skowegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Residency NYC 2010. She was honored as an Artadia 2012 finalist. This summer, Kunz’s work will be on view at Munch Gallery NYC, The Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, WI and she will be an artist in residence at The Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY.

Rob de Oude studied painting, sculpture and art history at the Hoge School voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and SUNY Purchase, NY. He has shown recently in the US, Europe and Asia, notably at: Galerie Gourvennec Ogor in Marseille, France, Storefront Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, McKenzie Fine Art in New York, NY, BRIC Rotunda in Brooklyn, NY and City Ice Arts in Kansas City, MO, and has participated in several art fairs in New York, Miami and Paris. De Oude has been featured a.o. in the NY Post, L Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Artnet Magazine, NYArts Magazine, The New Criterion, Capital New York, Bushwick Daily, The James Kalm Report and Brooklyn Magazine. As a founding member, de Oude is currently co-director of Parallel Art Space in Queens, NY. He currently lives in Brooklyn and has his studio in Queens, NY.

Julie Torres is a painter, curator, and arts organizer in NYC. Recent solo exhibitions include: Close Encounters at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA; Bold As Love at Taller Boricua Art Space in New York, NY; and Ghost in the Machine at Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. In May, Torres welcomes 10 visiting artists to NYC from across the country to participate in a curatorial collaboration entitled Do It Yourself, a group exhibition showcasing 70+ artists at Bushwick Open Studios 2014. Her paintings can be seen this June in Brooklyn Bridge at George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco, curated by Justine Frischmann; and Life on Mars Gallery Summer Invitational in NYC.

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 10am-4pm and by appointment. Open to the public.

Contact Frank Juarez at 920.559.7181 or frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com for further information about this exhibition. Visit us at frankjuarezgallery.com.



Chicago Studio Visits

IMG_2953On May 31st I took a road trip to Chicago to visit Anna Kunz in her studio to discuss works to be exhibited in the gallery’s upcoming exhibition titled “I Listen To Color”, which opens on June 21, 2014. This day turned out to be more than I had imagined. What started as an initial studio visit blossomed into lunch at Lula Cafe on Logan Square with artists, Nina Rizzo, Darrell Roberts, Michelle Wasson and meeting Mi-yeon Kwon, director of Axis International Art Festival. It almost felt like a blind date. Some of these artists I met for the first time and vice versa. However, an introduction was made previously via social media and through personal connections. The lunch was fabulous, the company was awesome and the discussions were engaging. Since we are all artists one topic of discussion we talked about was what is one thing you are struggling with in your studio. This was such a great question to ask considering that when we talk about our practice we tend to share updates, but how often do we get to talk about our current challenges within our studio practice. This question became the foundation of a series of studio visits in which the artists touched upon this question through critiques as well as gave us the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the works, artistic vision, residencies, travels, etc. This was indeed a rare opportunity to see such amazing works, to engage with the artists, to photograph the studio visits, and to make connections. 

It was such a beautiful day!

Image avbove – LtoR: Mi-yeon Kwon, Nina Rizzo, Darrell Roberts, Michelle Wasson, Frank Juarez and Anna Kunz.

Here is a snapshot of our studio visits.

To view more photos of our studio visits click here.

Racine Arts Council Time Share Exchange Reception Photos

Racine Arts Council

Time Share Exchange Exhibition

Ends June 14, 2014


Photo by Annie VZ, intern


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Indiana Green 5th Year Anniversary Reception at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Cedarburg Cultural Center 
W62 N546 Washington Avenue 
Cedarburg, WI 53012

Exhibition runs through June 22, 2014

co-curated by Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards


Last night the Cedarburg Cultural Center hosted an exhibition that is dear to my heart, Indiana Green. This exhibition was organized in 2010 in Sheboygan by Frank Juarez. Melissa Dorn Richards joined the curatorial team in 2012. As I write this post, the story of this exhibition continues to evolve. In 2010, it was about paying homage to artists who supported me as an artist. Today it is about building art community.

LtoR: Dean Valadez, Christopher Willey, Tonia Klein, Rafael Francisco Salas, Melissa Dorn Richards, Jessica Z Schafer, Daniel Fleming, Pamela Anderson, Frank Juarez, Regionald Baylor,Tony Conrad, Tiffany Knopow, Dave Watkins, Leah Schreiber Johnson, Eddee Daniel, Shayna Illingworth, Chuck Wickler, Kay Jelinek, Sara Risley, Dale Knaak and Erica Becker. Not pictured: Jon Horvath, William Zuback, Darrell Roberts, John Kowalczyk, Andrea Avery, Brandon Bauer, Ariana Huggett, Chris Niver, Dara Larson, Christian Sis, Christine Style and Becky Tesch. Photo by Nina Kallas

LtoR: Dean Valadez, Christopher Willey, Tonia Klein, Rafael Francisco Salas, Melissa Dorn Richards, Jessica Z Schafer, Daniel Fleming, Pamela Anderson, Frank Juarez, Reginald Baylor, Tony Conrad, Tiffany Knopow, Dave Watkins, Leah Schreiber Johnson, Eddee Daniel, Shayna Illingworth, Chuck Wickler, Kay Jelinek, Sara Risley, Dale Knaak and Erica Becker.
Not pictured: Jon Horvath, William Zuback, Darrell Roberts, John Kowalczyk, Andrea Avery, Brandon Bauer, Ariana Huggett, Chris Niver, Dara Larson, Christian Sis, Christine Style and Becky Tesch.
Photo by Nina Kallas



Here are some photos from our reception.

To view more photos of our installation, featured artworks, reception, and more.


IndianaGreen_2014Catalog2.inddINDIANA GREEN 5th Year Anniversary at Cedarburg Cultural Center

Price: $25 + shipping

Exhibition Catalog: May 2 – June 22, 2014

98 pages of color illustrations

Published by the Frank Juarez Gallery, 2014

Catalog Design by Erika Block

Foreward by Graeme Reid

(stock code: (IGCATFJG)

Click here to pre-order this catalog

Catalogs are available at the Frank Juarez Gallery, 1109 North 8th Street in Sheboygan 53081 or via mail.