Gallery artists, Tony Conrad and Rob Neilson talk about Public Art in Appleton on WHBY.com

Gallery artists, Tony Conrad and Rob Neilson talk about Public Art in Appleton on WHBY.com. Click here to listen to some of the projects that they have in the Fox Valley as well as the importance of community involvement. 

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Current Contours Reception Photos at the Arts Mill

Current Contours runs until November 12, 2016 at the Arts Mill, 1300 14th Ave, Grafton, WI 53024. For gallery hours please visit www.theartsmill.org. A big thanks to Paula DeStefanis for having us at the Arts Mill. 

Gallery artist, Melissa Dorn Richards exhibits at Ann Arbor Art Center

Congratulations to gallery artist Melissa Dorn Richards. She will have one of her Mop Series, Mop VIII, in the 94th Annual All Media Exhibition at Ann Arbor Art Center.

Established in 1922, the Annual All Media Exhibition  has a long and rich history. This show highlights artists from all over the country working in any media. This year’s juror is Paul Kotula. He is Associate Professor of Ceramics at Michigan State University and has also worked as a gallery director for Pewabic Pottery, Swidler Gallery, REVOLUTION (Detroit and New York) and Paul Kotula projects. Working with an international list of artists, he has formed over 200 solo and group exhibitions pertinent to the field of contemporary art and visual culture.

There is a reception on Friday, October 14th, from 6 to 9 PM and the exhibition continues through November 12. Ann Arbor Art Center is located at 117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

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Mop VIII, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 2015

 

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]