Current Contours Exhibition – Installation

Today we met at The Arts Mill in Grafton to install our group show featuring the works of all gallery artists ; Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Stefani Quam, Sara Willadsen, and William Zuback. This is the first that the artists will be exhibiting together since the closing of the Frank Juarez Gallery (2015). Please join us on Friday, October 7th from 6:30-9pm for our opening reception. The Arts Mill is located at 1300 14th Ave, Grafton, WI 53024.

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Kick A Hole in the Sky reception photos

Emerging Wisconsin Artists Show

The Frank Juarez Gallery is proud to announce “Kick A Hole in the Sky” Exhibition. This exhibition features the works of five emerging artists from South East and North East Wisconsin.

It runs from September 1 through September 25, 2016 at UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery, One University Drive, Sheboygan 53081.

Exhibiting artists are Ray Easley (Madison), Rachel Hausmann (Milwaukee), Ross Severson (Waukesha), Sara Willadsen (Sheboygan Falls), and Ryan Woolgar (Milwaukee). Curated by Frank Juarez. 

Photos courtesy of Ryan Niallwww.ryanniallphoto.com.

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LtoR: Ray Easley, Sara Willadsen, Ross Severson, Rachel Hausmann, and Ryan Woolgar

DIY GALLERY: A DEEPER LOOK INTO THE 365 ARTISTS 365 DAYS PROJECT GOES NATIONAL

Frank Juarez will be presenting on a project that he founded in 2014 called the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. This project is a collaborative project between the Frank Juarez Gallery and Zina Mussman and Rachel Quirk of Greymatter Gallery. What started as a one-year project grew into a two-year project ending in 2015. Since then we were unsure what direction this project would take us. Frank knew that this project has potential and was fortunate to present on this project at the National Art Education Association 2015 Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana and the 2015 Wisconsin Art Education Association Fall Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin. Most recently, he will be co-presenting with Elyse Lucas, Appleton art educator at the upcoming 2016 WAEA Fall Conference in LaCrosse, Wisconsin as well as the 2017 NAEA Convention in New York in March. Elyse attended his past session on this project and have used the artists’ database from this project with her high school art students. Below is a description of our presentation. 

This session shares a story of how a Wisconsin art teacher created a very unique art lesson by implementing the 365 Artists 365 Days Project into her curriculum. The DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project inspired her high school art students to research, collaborate, and to design their own mock up art galleries. Their journey led them to organize and curate a real exhibition in North East Wisconsin with artists from this project. This presentation will discuss how the idea of creating a DIY Gallery started, how it brought two arts professional into the conversation, importance of educating students on the logistics of putting together a successful exhibition, how to work with artists, and to network with local businesses/gallery owners to determine a possible venue for a student led art exhibition. The 365 Artists 365 Days Project highlights contemporary artists from across the globe through an online interview platform. Since its inception in 2014, it has introduced artist on a daily basis via online and social media. To date, it has featured over 700+ artists working in various media, processes, and studio practices. The session will be set up as a two­-person presentation; the Wisconsin art teacher and the founder of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. A PowerPoint will be shared with the audience containing student testimonials, video, examples of students’ promotional designs, and Q & A. In addition to the project’s website, excerpts from Edward Winkleman’s How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery will be implemented into the student led DIY Gallery lesson plan.

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Gallery artist, Tony Conrad featured in September’s Issue of Fox Cities Magazine

Congratulations to gallery artist, Tony Conrad. His work is currently featured in the September issue of Fox Cities Magazine (page 10) and of the front cover. 

This magazine is available at most coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, and businesses throughout the Fox Valley. 

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Conrad’s paintings explore visual components of social stereotypes and oddities from popular culture. In his most current work, Conrad confronts the small town ideologies he remembers from growing up in rural Wisconsin with humorous and ironic depictions of trophy hunting. The hybrid paintings exhibit cross-cultural references with use of vibrant colors and patterns influenced by Persian textiles, wallpaper, doilies, camouflage, and 1960s psychedelic rock posters. The pulsing embellishment present throughout the work speaks not only to the mania surrounding many hunting circles, but also to the decadent nature of American culture. Metaphorically, the paintings represent the complexity of idealized beauty, cultural identity and the euphoric rush of the outdoorsman experience. This work synthesizes these symbolic elements, resulting in a hybridized reality where delicate domesticity and wild outdoor ruggedness all coexist.

Visit his website to view more work at www.tonyconradart.com

A PDF is available online. [link]

Emerging Wisconsin Artists Show at UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery

Frank Juarez Gallery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2016
Contact: Frank Juarez, 920.559.7181
frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com

Emerging Wisconsin Artists Show

The Frank Juarez Gallery is proud to announce “Kick A Hole in the Sky” Exhibition. This exhibition features the works of five emerging artists from South East and North East Wisconsin.

It runs from September 1 through September 25, 2016 at UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery, One University Drive, Sheboygan 53081 with a reception scheduled for September 8 from 5:30-8pm.

Exhibiting artists are Ray Easley (Madison), Rachel Hausmann (Milwaukee), Ross Severson (Waukesha), Sara Willadsen (Sheboygan Falls), and Ryan Woolgar (Milwaukee). Curated by Frank Juarez. 

Easley was raised in N.W. Arkansas, received his B.A. at the University of Houston, and graduated with his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. He currently works out of his studio in Fall River, WI.

Ray Easley, Gail Bell, oil and acrylic on canvas, 36%22x36%22, 2016

Ray Easley, Gail Bell, oil and acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″, 2016

Hausmann is an artist and coordinator living and working in Milwaukee, WI. She received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (2015). Her practice focuses on discovering the validity of painting in a contemporary world. Hausmann has exhibited work at various venues in Milwaukee, including The Netherlands, Usable Space, The Pitch Project Platform Space, Var Gallery, and most recently; a solo exhibition at Chamber. Hausmann is one of eight emerging artists in After School Special, a semi-nomadic artist collective based in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee. She was part of a group show with After School Special at the Boor Sculpture Studio in Albany, NY and will be exhibiting again with After School Special in Philadelphia, PA, for their upcoming exhibition, VARSITY.

Green Painting with Screen, Two acrylic paintings, hand braided rope, digital screen with looping video, 21" x 42" x 2", 2016

Rachel Hausmann, Green Painting with Screen, Two acrylic paintings, hand braided rope, digital screen with looping video, 21″ x 42″ x 2″, 2016

Severson was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1984. He has been working as a self-taught artist for the last 15 years, primarily doing minimalist color field paintings on raw canvas to create subtle and organic abstractions. The main focus of his work the last few years has been to compliment his interests in the aesthetic of Mid Century Modern design. As the co-owner of the Waukesha home furnishings store, Brew City Salvage, he displays and sells his art amongst the restored vintage furniture.

Ross Severson, %22worn #2%22, mixed media on raw canvas, 25%22x25%22, 2016

Ross Severson, Worn #2, mixed media on raw canvas, 25″ x25″, 2016

Willadsen was born in Sheboygan, WI in 1987. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 2014 and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Graphic Arts from Lakeland College in 2010. Working mainly with paint and various site-specific found materials, Willadsen’s work explores concepts of abstract spaces and structures guided by her surroundings. She has had work featured in New American Paintings and Fresh Paint Magazine and spent a semester as Artist in Residence at Sheboygan North High School. Willadsen currently has work in the New American Paintings Midwest Edition exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL and is working as a visual artist in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Sara Willadsen, Black Chapter, graphite, paper, acrylic, canvas on panel, 25.5%22x26%22, 2015

Sara Willadsen, Black Chapter, graphite, paper, acrylic, canvas on panel, 25.5″x26″, 2015

Woolgar is a painter currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his BFA from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His most recent work narrows the viewer’s focus to the subject’s current state of mind by simplifying the environment the figure occupies. 

Ryan Woolgar, Trick or Treat, acrylic, graphite, charcoal on canvas, 36" x 48", 2016

Ryan Woolgar, Trick or Treat, acrylic, graphite, charcoal on canvas, 36″ x 48″, 2016

UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery hours are Monday- Thursday 8am-9pm and Friday 8am-6pm.

Open to the public.

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

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Kick A Hole in the Sky Exhibition installation at UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery

Here are some shots from Sunday’s installation at UW-Sheboygan, One University Drive in Sheboygan. 

Kick a Hole in the Sky featuring new works by Ray Easley, Rachel Hausmann, Ross Severson, Sara Willadsen, andRyan Woolgar. This exhibition features the works of 5 Wisconsin emerging artists. Works on exhibit will range from ceramics to paintings, mixed media to drawings, and fibers to video.

Join us for an artists’ reception on September 8 from 5:30-8 pm.

Dates of Exhibition: September 1 – 25, 2016

Curated by Frank Juarez.