Cultural Motifs Reception at the Frank Juarez Gallery. Curated by Karly Kainz.

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For the first time in the gallery’s history it turned over its space to a high school gallery intern. For the past two years the gallery has been implementing a high school gallery internship through Sheboygan North High School. Interns are introduced to the world of running a successful gallery. Duties involved are such as but not limited to: greeting the public, promoting via social media, writing press releases, selecting works, installing works, deinstalling the work, packaging the work, attending art-related events, and so on. 

This semester I had the opportunity to work with senior art student, Karly. Since September she has been exposed to various responsibilities knowingly that she will have to do a major project for her final exam. Her final exam was to curate her own exhibition, which she titled, “Cultural Motifs”. Karly writes, “This exhibition is inspired by high school students’ cultural backgrounds. The art on exhibit will be based on the idea of motifs, which are decorative patterns found in fabric, designs and architecture. The purpose of this show is to embrace all cultures in the Sheboygan area and for students to be aware of the beauty found within their cultures”. 

On Saturday, December 13, her hard work paid off. She had a great turnout. It was nice to see the student artists, parents, administrators, family, friends, and the general public in attendance. The student artist were truly the stars of the show. At 6pm, Karly gave her curator’s talk. You could hear a pin drop it was so quiet. She did a fabulous job. 

Sheboygan is a great place to foster the visual arts and supporting the future of tomorrow. 

What a great way to end 2014!

Cultural Motifs ends December 17, 2014. 

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 10am-4pm. 

Here are the reception photos taken by student photographer, Ashley W. 

High School Art Exhibition Celebrates Cultural Diversity at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce its last exhibition of 2014. This show features photography, ceramics, drawings, paintings, and sculptures by high school art students from Sheboygan Christian, Kohler and Sheboygan North. This exhibition is curated by Karly Kainz, fall 2014 high school gallery intern.

Join us for an artist reception on December 13 from 5 to 8pm with a curator talk at 6pm. The gallery is located at 1109 North 8th Street in Sheboygan. This exhibition runs from December 6- 27, 2014.

This exhibition explores high school artists’ cultural backgrounds. Growing up in a town that has many different ethnicities, Karly has learned to recognize the true beauty of culture. She also has a love for detailed patterns and designs because of how eye catching and memorizing they can be. By combining the two ideas of patterns and culture, Karly has come to the idea of Cultural Motifs.

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

Contact Frank Juarez at 920.559.7181 or for further information about this exhibition.


Cultural Motif Poster


Studio Visit with Krista Svalbonas, Chicago

IMG_9170Since this past summer I have been becoming more interested in organizing artist meet ups. It all started when I drove to Chicago in early June to visit the studio of Anna Kunz. With the help of Anna she was able to contact Chicago artists for me to meet. What started off as idea to meet over lunch followed by a studio visit grew into meeting several artists followed by four studio visits. It was fascinating to hear each artist talk about his/her work, but what was more interesting is when they started to talk about their challenges inside the studio. You can read about the Chicago Studio Visits here

On October 31st another artist meet up took place in Milwaukee. This time there was no agenda. Just having the chance to talk about what we are doing (projects, events, exhibitions) in the Milwaukee art scene. I left inspired and motivated. You can read about it here. So inspired I created my own art e-newsletter called Frank + Company. This is another way to support WI artists. 

Yesterday, my journey took me to Chicago once again. This time to meet up with Krista Svalbonas, who recently moved from New York to teach at Columbia College as a lecturer in the photography department. Over lunch Renee, Christina, Krista and I talked about how we all met each other. Krista and I met via social media. Being new to the Chicago area, I thought this may be a nice opportunity to meet Krista and to get to know her – officially. After our lunch we (Renee, Christina, and I) headed to Krista’s studio to check out what she is up to. 

What I found interesting was that Krista uses her own photography into her collage work. Her sense of architecture is reflected into what she calls her sculptural paintings. A nice consistency between two bodies of work. We had a discussion on what defines a painting. This can be a total new blog post, but what was neat about her sculptural paintings is that they are executed on industrial felt. When you are face to face with her paintings it does give that sculptural vibe to the work. Very engaging. 

To see more of Krista’s work visit her at

Welcome to the Midwest, Krista!!!

MARN Portfolio Review led by Frank Juarez, Gallery Director of the Frank Juarez Gallery

frank headshot irma romanWe invite you to apply to participate in a group portfolio review led by Frank Juarez. We will be gathering on December 11th from 6 to 9 pm at MARN (207 E. Buffalo St. Suite 600) to discuss the work of seven to ten artists who will each offer a selection from their own portfolio for review. This will be a great opportunity to have your work reviewed by an arts professional, as well as gain exposure to the practices of your peers.

Registration fee is $15 for MARN members, $20 for the general public, and $12 for students (email for more info or send payment by mail).

To register, please email 2 to 3 work samples and a one paragraph bio to before December 8th.

MARN will be accepting participants on a first-come-first-serve basis.

You can send registration materials to

Register and submit payment by December 8th on our website.

or mail a check or cash to us at:

207 E. Buffalo St. Suite 600
Milwaukee, WI


Frank Juarez is a Wisconsin artist, gallery owner, art educator, advocate and community leader living and teaching in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 2005, he committed his life to expose, educate and engage others on the importance of experiencing and supporting the Visual Arts. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, and supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to interact, collaborate, network and exhibit in the Sheboygan community.

Adam Horwitz Reception at the Frank Juarez Gallery

IMG_8760On November 1st, the Frank Juarez Gallery hosted a reception for Milwaukee-based photographer, Adam Horwitz. Adam gave a talk on his exhibition, “Portraits to Scale: Male Survivors of Trauma”.

He writes, “A portrait may be one of the more intimate and challenging interactions a photographer might undertake. There is no way to force a moment or a look, but that’s exactly what you’re trying to do. There’s something unexplainable that happens in the space between a persons face and the image plane. The photographer wants a certain feeling, and the subject wants to convey it, but somewhere in-between, we see something deeper. A calmness, a hopefulness, a story that can only be captured by not reaching for it. That’s the reason I make portraits, the stories within stories, the layers a personal experience and craft that make a photograph of a face endlessly readable.”

“Portraits to Scale: Male Survivors of Trauma” exhibition focuses on a small group of extraordinary people who have survived profound events in their lives, and have embarked on a journey of healing and growing through their camaraderie with one-another and the unique resources available through Milwaukee’s Healing Center.

There is a paucity of actual data on abuse and trauma survivors, but one thing that seems to be clear is that abuse of males and females is very underreported, misconceptions abound, and resources are scarce. The Healing Center is one of the very few places that offer support and a safe space for both women and men who wish to embark on their healing journey.

These men are not depicted as victims, a label that is often too easy to assign, and one that fails to portray who they really are, but as whole people. Complex and strong individuals, who have embraced their own healing journey and challenged the stigma associated with others who have survived trauma.

“Portraits to Scale: Male Survivors of Trauma” end November 29, 2014

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 10am – 4pm or by appt. 920.559.7181.

*50% of all of the artist’s proceeds of this exhibition will be donated to the Healing Center, to support and further their mission to offer healing opportunities to survivors and their loved-ones through support, advocacy, and community education.