INDIANA GREEN is now in its 6th year featuring artists from Wisconsin and Illinois. A big thanks to the artists in attendance and for talking about their work; Ann Baer, Erica Huntzinger, Michael Kautzer, Brandon Minga, Todd Mrozinski, Serena Weits, and Sara Willadsen. Also, a high five to my partner in crime, Melissa Dorn Richards for her curatorial eye and continual support and Mary Lou Mayr for the delicious hors d’ oeurves.
This is truly one of the best shows that the gallery has hosted.
Here is a snapshot of last night’s reception. INDIANA GREEN runs until July 25, 2015.
The Frank Juarez Gallery is open on Saturdays, 10am-4pm or by appointment 920.559.7181.
All works is available for purchase. Contact Frank at frankjuarezgallery(at)gmail.com for your own private tour of the exhibition.
The Story behind INDIANA GREEN
In 2010, Frank Juarez curated a show that featured artists that he believed have supported him as an artist over the past 10 years. You could say that he was paying homage to these artists. This was, of course, before he opened his very own art gallery and have not had a lot of opportunities for curating since his Barrow + Juarez Gallery days in Milwaukee (2006-2007). Everything that you could imagine at a reception happened. Artists met artists, art sold, a fab turnout, a social afterwards, and so on.
Before the end of the night an artist asked if he was going to do this again in 2011. Juarez said, “nope”. “This was more of a one time show”. Shortly afterwards more artists started to approach him with the same question. They even started to recommend artists. His previous answer quickly changed to ‘I will think about it’. One of the pleasures that he gets from any exhibition/event that he puts together is sitting back and seeing the ‘magic’ happen. With Sheboygan being an hour from Milwaukee, an hour from Green Bay, 45 minutes from Fond du Lac, why would artists want to be a part of this show when opportunities exist within their own community, city or town.
Then it hit him. What makes INDIANA GREEN so special is that it was personal. Personal for him. Personal for the artists. Although many artists did not know each other personally, it was through this exhibition that puts a name with a face and vice-versa. It was through this exhibition that he believes made them feel part of something very unique.
Over the past few years, he stills work with many of the featured artists (2010-2013) in one way or another. He even met new artists through his co-collaborator, Melissa Dorn Richards. In May of 2014 Juarez celebrated 5 years of INDIANA GREEN, which featured 32 artists. This is truly one of his highlights of the year. Click here to read the Foreward that Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art wrote for the Fifth Year Anniversary of IG.
About INDIANA GREEN
Indiana Green is a regional group exhibition featuring 2D and 3D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin and Illinois. This exhibition introduces a diverse body of work by 32 artists ranging from such as but not limited to: paintings to mixed media, sculpture to printmaking, and installation to photography. This exhibition represents personal exploration of materials, media and ideas in a contemporary practice.