Category: contemporary art

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 A big thanks to Paula DeStefanis for having us at the Arts Mill. 

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


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


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.


Emerging Wisconsin Artists Show at UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery

Frank Juarez Gallery
Contact: Frank Juarez, 920.559.7181

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 for further information about this exhibition.




2016 Indiana Green Show (113 of 113)“Then & Now” takes a closer look at how selected artists and their work have evolved since their first appearance in INDIANA GREEN. Now in its 7th year, we wanted to do something a little different than the traditional exhibition that we have been curating. It was an opportunity to really investigate and think about all the artists that have been in Indiana Green and their bodies of work. Part of the investigation included a studio visit with select artists to delve a little deeper into how they thought about their studio practice and what they would be most interested in exhibiting. The idea of seeing how past artists’ work evolved since their debut was exciting, and we felt that this year’s artists demonstrated what we were seeking.

Featured artists are Pamela Anderson, Andrea Avery, Tony Conrad, Kay Jelinek, Leah Schreiber Johnson, Tonia Klein, John Kowalczyk, Melissa Dorn Richards, Rafael Francisco Salas, Dean Valadez, Christopher Willey, and William Zuback. 

Indiana Green is a regional group exhibition featuring 2D and 3D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin and Illinois. To date this exhibition has featured over 50+ artists whose work ranged from paintings, installation, photography, collages, sculpture, mixed media, and video. This exhibition communicates personal exploration of materials, use of varied media and ideas embedded into their studio practice.

A full color catalog is available for purchase, which features past works exhibited in INDIANA GREEN and current works currently on exhibit. Click here to purchase.

–  co-curators, Frank Juarez & Melissa Dorn Richards


Growing Green

Foreward by Kat Minerath

It is a thin moment that separates “then” from “now.” As time continually slips off the precipice, the long trail of history lengthens. The roots that connect past to present continue forming, stretching, and even strengthening. These roots are connectors. They give access to who we were, and conditions that have precipitated who we are now.

This exhibition, the sixth in the Indiana Green series, pays homage to its own history particularly with the selection of this year’s artists. As Frank Juarez explains, the name references Greenseed Studios, where the exhibition was originally hosted, and Green Room on Indiana Avenue, which was the afterparty venue. The Green Room is no longer there, and while the moniker is now distant from its origins, its story takes us back to the first Indiana Green exhibition in 2010. Then/Now connects that distant point to the present by featuring twelve artists who have shown their work since the beginning of the project. 

The idea is somewhat reminiscent of the Impressionists of the late nineteenth century. They showed their work in a series of eight exhibitions over the course of twelve years, and were widely varied in style and interests. Some artists like Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot offered sketchy flourishes that became synonymous with the movement. Their art is quite distinct from others in the group like Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, who used firmer contours and a flair for unorthodox compositions. The group was not homogenous, nor was it always harmonious, nor even a set group in terms of its membership. There was ebb and flow, but within those currents an embrace of modern life offered some coherence of mission.

The practice of art today is perhaps more wide open than ever before in terms of what mediums and messages might be found in galleries of contemporary art. A multitude of practices, perspectives, and invention are found. Summing that up in a single word or phrase is not only difficult, but possibly denies their inherent individuality. However, among the artists in Then/Now, certain traits in their careers may be detected. This includes thoughtful consideration of community, particularly as they reach out from the studio and into the public eye. 

The curators of the exhibition, Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards, exemplify this. Juarez has long been active at the helm of Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, in addition to his presence as an educator and active speaker to students and the public. Melissa Dorn Richards is co-chair of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) Advisory Board, which is a hub for connections on a professional and support level. She is also the co-managing director of Material Studios + Gallery in Milwaukee. Material is a hive of activity that serves as creative home to artists, designers, writers, and others. 

The artists selected for this exhibition share a sense of community in a myriad of ways. Not only have these artists been active in the region since 2010 (and many well before then) but they have flourished in projects, often with the spirit of outreach to the public.

Pamela Anderson is enjoying an especially prestigious, and public, position as the current Artist-In-Residence at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Visitors and guests are privy to the workings of the artist’s studio, from a piece’s inception to the finished result. Anderson is noted for her abstract subject matter, and is the first abstract painter to have been awarded this residency. John Kowalczyk is another abstract artist, also actively engaged in the community through exhibitions and community activities. Kowalczyk shares his talents on the spot through participating in many live art events.

A number of artists are active as teachers, sharing their experience with students of all levels. Kay Jelinek has taught classes to all ages, from elementary school pupils through adult learners, always seeking to help students find their artistic outlet. Andrea Avery is the Community Arts Coordinator at Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Art Center. Leah Schreiber Johnson and Christopher Willey are both lecturers in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tony Conrad is a Lecturer of Art at Lawrence University, and Raphael Francisco Salas is as Associate Professor of Art at Ripon College.

Artists Tonia Klein, Dean Valadez and William Zuback frequently show their work in the region. As with many of their colleagues, sending work to international exhibitions is another way of presenting a local identity to the world while simultaneously seeking new audiences.

Then/Now is an exciting moment in the history of the Indiana Green exhibition. From here we can muse over the past, and witness the present development of these notable artists. It is never easy to say what the future holds, but from this vantage point, it seems that Indiana Green is ripe to keep growing.

Kat Minerath

May, 2016

Host, Art-A-Go-Go on Riverwest Radio

Host, Look At This art video series for Shepherd Express

If you go, the exhibition ends August 28 at 3pm. UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts is located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. Gallery hours are Monday- Thursday 8am-9pm and Friday 8am-6pm.


Photos by Ryan Niall.

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Dean Valadez’s This Is My Used Mattress

On June 30, artist Dean Valadez installed his newest installation titled, “This Is My Used Mattress” at UW-Sheboygan. Melissa Dorn Richards and Frank Juarez visited Dean’s studio back in February during a very cold day. He shared with his process with us as well as what has been influencing his work today from roofing tar paper, digital paintings, and snow. 

It was interesting to see how his ideas came together. 

Click here to see Dean’s time lapse video of his installation or click the image below.

Time lapse courtesy of the artist. 


Photo courtesy of the Frank Juarez Gallery


Studio Snapshots 

If you missed our interview with Kat Minerath of Art A-Go-Go at Riverwest Radio click here.

Dean was one of the artists being interviewed. 

Bushwick Bound 2016

Gallery artists, Rob Neilson & Tony Conrad, and gallery owner, Frank Juarez, travel to Bushwick for a weekend of checking out exhibitions, networking, and studio visits.

For the past two years, one of our studio visits has been to visit Rob de Oude. Frank met Rob two years ago with gallery artist, Melissa Dorn Richards. Since then they’ve stayed in touch. He was in a show called I Listen to Color (June 2014) at the gallery. It is always great to catch up. 

Going to Bushwick is starting to become an annual tradition. A great excuse to see what is happening in NY and meeting other artists either by appointment or by spontaneity. One artist that we finally met was Paul D’ Agostino. We walked into Studio 10 owned and operated by Lawrence Greenberg and there he was. Talk about a small world.

Galleries visited were Lesley Keller Workspace, Robert Henry Contemporary, HG Contemporary, The Curator, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Bruce Silverstein, McKenzie Fine Art, Inc., Transmitter, TSA NY, Art 3, Betty Cunningham Gallery, Stephen Romano Gallery, Luhring Augustine, Gagosian, James Cohan Gallery, Pace, Studio 10, Galerie Richard, De Buck Gallery, Victori + Mo, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and much more. Not to mention all of the fabulous murals throughout our visit. 

Here is a glimpse of what we experienced.