Sara Willadsen selected to kick off the Frank Juarez Gallery Artist in Residency Program

We are pleased to announce that Sara Willadsen will kick off our newest art program, the Frank Juarez Gallery Artist in Residency Program. This program was created as a way to support an artist's current studio practice by turning the gallery into a working space. At the end of the residency, we will have a closing reception for the Sara on Saturday, December 16, from 5-8pm.

Sara will be at the gallery on Saturdays from November 4 through December 16, 2017, from 11 am - 4pm. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, #600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 (inside Material Studios & Gallery). 


About Sara Willadsen

Sara 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 shows frequently in group exhibitions across the country. Willadsen currently works as a visual artist and graphic designer Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

We Are Here: Public Art by Rob Neilson at Fox Cities Exhibition Center




Congratulations to Rob Neilson. He has been selected to create a public art piece for the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Below are some detailed images of his accepted proposal.

Images courtesy of the artist. 

About Rob Neilson

Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton Distinguished Professor of Art and Associate Professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Born and raised in Detroit, he received a BFA in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies. A professional artist since earning his MFA in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rob has exhibited his sculpture, installations, and drawings at galleries, museums, and alternative spaces nationally and internationally.

Neilson has created public art commissions throughout the United States, including projects in California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, and North Carolina. In 2006 Rob completed a 6-month residency at the Kohler Arts/Industry program where he fabricated 54 iron castings for a public art project commissioned by the Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority.

Equal parts artist and educator, Rob has been a visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Virginia Tech University and Longwood University (Virginia), Dickinson College (Pennsylvania), Millikin University (Illinois) and California State University.

Milwaukee Gallery Night & Day, October 20 & 21, 2017

The Frank Juarez Gallery will be participating in the upcoming Milwaukee Gallery Night & Day, October 20 & 21, 2017. Our current exhibition is Cadence: New Paintings by Tony Conrad

There are over 43 venues spread throughout the city. We hope you put us on your radar for gallery night & day. 

Below is a list of exhibitions to check out. 

Reception Photos - The Art of Collage and Assemblage at the Arts Mill

October 3 – November 11, 2017

The Arts Mill

1300 14th Avenue

Grafton, Wisconsin 53024

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11am-5pm


Yesterday we had our artists' reception at the Arts Mill. It was such a neat experience to celebrate the works of 25 collage and assemblage artists from across the country. Exhibiting artists are: Brad BrautigamDave Cornilis, James Demski, Tom Dent, Lola Dupre, Karla FullerSharon Kerry-Harlan, Holly Harnischfeger, Jacqueline HendricksonAndrea HolmgreenStuart Howland, Megan Woodard Johnson, Eric Koester, Karla Lauden, Mollie Martin, Gary Niebuhr,Josie Osborne, Sandra Pape, Shelley Peckham, Carissa SosnowskiJay Riggio, Kate E. Schaffer, Aldis StrazdinsLisa Wicka, and Gail Willert.

This exhibition is co-curated by John Adams of The Draw and Frank Juarez of the Frank Juarez Gallery. 

This exhibition explores traditional, digital and innovative applications to collage and assemblage works produced from various resources such as but not limited to the use of magazine and newspaper clippings, paint, handmade papers, screen print, text, photographs and/or other found objects. Each piece providing the viewer a glimpse into the artist’s own world. John Adams, co-curator writes, “having a technical hand is only one step in the creation of art, being able to see, reimagine and compose thoughtful and engaging works holds a powerful spot in my life”.


About the Frank Juarez Gallery

The Frank Juarez Gallery is committed to supporting artists working in painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, and mixed media works. We aim to create an accessible, educational, and engaging exhibition space for our artists, audience, and community. FJG exhibits and promotes the works of artists who value innovation, technical discipline and artistic excellence in their chosen medium.

About The Draw

The Draw is a creative playground for working artists, creatives, and anyone interested in trying something new with out the barriers of other public spaces. We encourage creativity and self-expression. We house 17 creative suites, and an art gallery/event space for multiple uses!

About the Arts Mill

The Arts Mill is housed in the Grafton Historic Mill.  The Arts Mill provides a place for artists to do their art. A cooperative environment, artists have an opportunity to secure a space among other artists. Open to the public, it fosters a cultural appreciation of the arts in our communities. The Arts Mill works in collaboration with the North Shore Academy of the Arts, a non-profit organization offering programming in the visual, literary and performing arts.

For further information, please call or email Frank Juarez at 920.559.7181 or