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“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
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.
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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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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.
Frank Juarez Gallery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2016
Contact: Frank Juarez, 920.559.7181
Then/Now: A Survey Exhibition of Indiana Green Artists (2010-2014)
The Frank Juarez Gallery is proud to announce “Then/Now: A Survey of Indiana Green artists (2010-2014)”. “Indiana Green” is a regional group exhibition co-curated by Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards. This year marks its 7th exhibition in Wisconsin. To date it has featured 58 artists living and working in Wisconsin and Illinois. “Then/Now” highlights 12 artists who have participated in Indiana Green since its inaugural exhibition in 2010. This exhibition will show how these artists’ works have developed over the course of 2 to 6 years and features new works, including video, installation, photography, printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture.
“Then/Now” runs from July 1 through August 31, 2016 at UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery, One University Drive, Sheboygan 53081 with a reception scheduled for August 11 from 5:30-8pm.
Exhibiting artists are Pamela Anderson (Milwaukee), Andrea Avery (Sheboygan), Tony Conrad (Appleton), Kay Jelinek (Sheboygan), Tonia Klein (Milwaukee), John Kowalczyk (Milwaukee), Leah Schreiber Johnson (Milwaukee), Melissa Dorn Richards (Milwaukee), Rafael Francisco Salas (Ripon), Christopher Willey (Milwaukee), Dean Valadez (Milwaukee), and William Zuback (West Allis).
Frank 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.
Melissa Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist who has been exhibiting nationally for 20 years. She is represented by Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, WI. 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 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.
A catalog will be available for purchase, which will consist of the artists’ earlier works, new works, photographs from the studio visits, and a Foreward from Kat Minerath.
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 or frankjuarezgallery(at)gmail.com for further information about this exhibition.
This past weekend, the FJG artists got together to tour the place in which they will be having a group show featuring the works by Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Stefani Quam, Sara Willadsen, and William Zuback. This exhibition isn’t until October 2016, but it was exciting to connect since the closing of the gallery in 2015.
Current Contours Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: October 4 – November 12, 2016
Reception: October 7, 6:30-9pm
Location: Arts Mills,1300 14th Ave, Grafton, Wisconsin 53024
Congratulations to gallery artists, Dale Knaak and Melissa Dorn Richards for being selected to participate in the 2016 Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. Please join us on February 6 from 2-5pm for an artist reception and awards ceremony. MOWA is located at 205 Veterans Avenue in West Bend 53095.
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.
Melissa 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.
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.