Category: Sculpture

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

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. 

Gallery Artists Group Show at the Frank Juarez Gallery


Gallery Artist Group Show

Frank Juarez Gallery

1109 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081

August 2 – September 15, 2015

Artist reception: August 15, 2015, 5-8pm


Gallery Artists Group Show

Sheboygan – The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring new works by gallery artists, Brandon Bauer, Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Melissa Dorn Richards, and William Zuback, at 1109 North 8th Street. An artist reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, August 15, 5 to 8pm with an artist talk at 6pm.

This exhibit will include drawings, paintings, sculpture, and photography. This exhibition celebrates the successes of these five artists who are constantly pushing the boundaries of their work while exploring new processes, ideas, and materials. This will be the first time exhibiting as a collective whole at the gallery.

Brandon Bauer,  "Operation Tumbler-Snapper / Fox - May 25, 1952" It is an image from my 1000 Suns series.  The image is 44"x32" Archival Pigment Print on Canvas (2014)

Brandon Bauer, “Operation Tumbler-Snapper / Fox – May 25, 1952″ It is an image from my 1000 Suns series. The image is 44″x32” Archival Pigment Print on Canvas (2014)

Brandon Bauer is an artist based in Wisconsin. Brandon uses art as a space for critical and ethical inquiry, discourse, and dialog. His work explores themes of social justice, capitalism, consumerism, democracy, war, and critical histories embedded in cultural ephemera. His work employs photography, video, collage, drawing, installation, and collaborative produced projects. Brandon’s work has been exhibited in a number of national and international venues. Brandon’s work has been produced in DVD editions, used as illustration for various editorial publications and books, and has been published in poster editions.

Bauer co-edited the book Peace Signs: the Anti-War Movement Illustrated, published in two editions and released in 2004. Gustavo Gili of Barcelona Spain published the Spanish language edition, and Edition Olms in Zurich Switzerland published an English, French, and German language edition. In 2003 A DVD of Brandon’s early experimental video titled Signaldrift: a day under the city was released by the Paris based video label Lowave. In 2009 the experimental-noise label FTAM released a DVD of Brandon’s collaborations with musician Peter J. Woods titled Hungry Ghosts.

Bauer received his BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1996, and his MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. Brandon was a 2009-2010 Distinguished Graduate School Fellowship (DGSF) recipient for the completion of his Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Bauer is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Tony Conrad, Untitled (waves), acrylic on canvas, 42 x 37.5", 2015

Tony Conrad, Untitled (waves), acrylic on canvas, 42 x 37.5″, 2015

Tony Conrad’s pattern-centric paintings and drawings are the result of an ongoing interest in various cultural and historical movements including Persian textiles, Tibetan Buddhism, psychedelic rock culture, and meditative states.

Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009.  Currently, Conrad is a Lecturer of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Conrad’s work has been exhibited in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship.  Recently, his paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, as well as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dale Knaak, Water Jar, oil on board, 10x8", 2015

Dale Knaak, Water Jar, oil on board, 10×8″, 2015

Dale Knaak’s work explores his fascination with the conventional spaces of the everyday. The ordinary that goes unnoticed. Stripped of embellishments, elegance or charm, the subjects of his paintings stand as a testament of time. Dale sees them as a point of contemplation, a contemporary statement on past and present, kept.

He finds it interesting to take a visual experience, process and reinterpret it as a personal experience.  

Knaak is a native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He moved to Milwaukee after high school to study art. He lived in Milwaukee for 10 years, where he received the basis of his art training. After obtaining a degree in Commercial Art, he went on to study painting and drawing for five years with the late James Prohl of Atelier Prohl.

Currently, he maintains a full-time fine art studio in a 1900 sq./ft. warehouse in Sheboygan, WI. He divides his time between fine art drawing and painting, commissioned art, and commercial mural projects.

Melissa Dorn Richards, Mop Oil on Canvas, 47 x 47", 2015

Melissa Dorn Richards, Mop Oil on Canvas, 47 x 47″, 2015

Melissa Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A practicing artist for 20 years.

Dorn Richards has an intense interest in the humanness of non-human objects, always looking for that awkward gesture or irregular line. Working with vivid color and engaging a heavy black line or contrasting color, she pays close attention to the slight gestures of the line and the placement of shapes to portray that humanness. She has also introduced cut pieces from “recycled” velvet paintings in some of her work, collaborating with the unknown artist.

Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Select exhibitions include: Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.

Dorn Richards’ is also active in the local arts community through her work co-chairing the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) advisory board and as a board director and previous lead artist for Artworks for Milwaukee. Her newest adventure is as co-managing director of Material Studios + Gallery, a space for artists to create, produce and develop their entrepreneurial practice.

William Zuback, The Wall, Archival pigment print (Photograph), 20x20", 2015

William Zuback, The Wall, Archival pigment print (Photograph), 20×20″, 2015

William Zuback began his career as a professional photographer in 1988 after graduating from Brooks Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. He has been making his living as a professional photographer ever since, currently managing the studio for a magazine and book publishing company in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Inspired by the classic album covers of the 1960’s and 70’s, Zuback has been creating conceptual/staged contemporary photographs for exhibition since the late 1990’s. His narratives generally deal with issues of ones identity whether that be individual, family, or societel.

Zuback’s work can be found in private collections through out the country. He has participated in many Juried group exhibitions and solo shows in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Zuback often considers or describes himself as a fly on the wall. Always in a state of observation, testing the surroundings, and at times participating. His goal as a fine art photographer is to take those observations and life experiences and create visual statements that really become a mirror for the viewer. When people view Zuback’s photographs, he would like the viewer to come away feeling visually satisfied but intellectually curious.

When he creates his photographs he’s reminded that everyone comes to life experiences differently. Zuback would like the viewer to come away feeling visually satisfied but intellectually curious. He feels most successful when the images connect with the viewer on an emotional level but leave room for interpretation.

Zuback’s fine art work is driven by the narrative but enhanced with the technical story telling abilities of the photographic process. A glint of highlight, how he brings out the texture on a certain object or how re-cropping the image in the viewfinder, can turn an average image into an extraordinary one. These are the little victories that fuel Zuback’s desire as a visual storyteller. He finds each of his photographic themes a journey of discovery and learning. He enjoys new paths that challenge his comfort zone. Whether Zuback is pushing those boundaries with the subject matter or the material or technique that he is using, it is always more about the journey and not the final destination.

About the Frank Juarez Gallery

The Frank Juarez Gallery specializes in painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, and mixed media works by contemporary artists based in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S. We aim to create an accessible, educational, and engaging exhibition space for our artists, audience, and community.

The Frank Juarez Gallery exhibits and promotes the works of artists who value innovation, technical discipline and artistic excellence in their chosen medium. Whether established, mid-career, or emerging, the gallery works with artists who possess that rare combination of skill, talent and work necessary to ensure success over the long-term.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Erika Block & Sara Risley, September 12 – October 17, 2015

Erica Huntzinger & Laurie Maves, October 24 – November 28, 2015

12 | 12 | 12 Group Show, December 5 – December 26, 2015

For press inquiries, please contact: Frank Juarez, 920.559.7181 or

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Regional Artists Featured in Indiana Green Exhibition


Frank Juarez Gallery
1109 North 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Tel: 920.559.7181



Regional Artists Featured in Indiana Green Exhibition

Sheboygan – June 15, 2015

The Frank Juarez Gallery is proud to host “Indiana Green” from June 20 through July 25, 2015 in Sheboygan. “Indiana Green” is a regional group exhibition of 2D and 3D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin and Illinois. The show and sale features a diverse body of work by artists working in such media as paintings, collage, sculpture, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. The exhibition represents the artists’ personal exploration of materials, media and ideas in a contemporary practice. Frank Juarez of Frank Juarez Gallery first organized the exhibit in 2010. The 2015 exhibit is co-curated by Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards.

The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, July 11 from 5-8 pm with an artist talk at 6pm.

Artists featured in the 2015 Exhibit are: Ann Baer, Tom Berenz, LJ Douglas, Erica Huntzinger, Gary Justis, Michael Kautzer, Brandon Minga, Todd Mrozinski, Harvey Opgenorth, Krista Svalbonas, Dean Valadez, Serena Weits, Della Wells, and Sara Willadsen.


Juarez is an artist, gallery owner, art educator, advocate and community leader living and teaching in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, committed to exposing, educating and engaging 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 greater community.

Dorn Richards received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1996, and since graduating she has maintained a strong studio practice, worked with Milwaukee youth through Arts@Large and Artworks for Milwaukee. She has become a leader in the local arts community primarily through the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN). Dorn Richards is also a Plaid Tuba Affiliate with a studio in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 1109 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081. For inquiries, contact Frank Juarez at 920-559-7181 or visit Open Saturdays from 10am – 4pm or by appointment.

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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!!!

Artist Talks with Melissa Dorn Richards and Angela Zimmerman

Melissa Dorn Richards‘s exhibition, “Moving Mountains” and Angela Zimmerman’s exhibition, “Textured Geographies” end October 19th.

The gallery is located at 604 Erie Avenue in Sheboygan. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. 920.559.7181.