INDIANA GREEN 2017: Studio Visit with Kate E. Schaffer

Co-curators Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards are at it again. They began their journey visiting artists in their studios for INDIANA GREEN since February 2017. 

These studio visits provide us the opportunity to get to know these artists, listen to their creative process, successes and challenges, provide encouragement to pursue ideas, and to exhibit these works. 

INDIANA GREEN is an annual group exhibition featuring 2D and 3D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin. This exhibition introduces a diverse body of work by 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. In its 8th season it will be working with the following artists: Cristian Andersson (Oshkosh), Stephanie Barenz (Milwaukee), Ray Easley (Fall River), Nina Ghanbarzadeh (New Berlin), Kevin Miyazaki (Wauwatosa), Rob Neilson (Appleton), Jared Patton Plock (Milwaukee), and Kate E. Schaffer (Jackson). 

FJG will be introducing you to these artists. 

Kate E. Schaffer (BS 2006, MLC; MFA 2016, SAIC) is a painter and writer exploring the fixity and possibility of time and space.  She draws on painting’s history and the contextual manifestation of identity to consider what semiotic dissonances and visual cacophony can do to the grid.  Creating nowheres, she shifts the viewer’s sense of positionality, generating at once a sense of place and a feeling of displacement.

Kate E. Schaffer (BS 2006, MLC; MFA 2016, SAIC) is a painter and writer exploring the fixity and possibility of time and space.  She draws on painting’s history and the contextual manifestation of identity to consider what semiotic dissonances and visual cacophony can do to the grid.  Creating nowheres, she shifts the viewer’s sense of positionality, generating at once a sense of place and a feeling of displacement.

A new chapter: The Frank Juarez Gallery

At the end of 2015, the Frank Juarez Gallery closed its doors in Sheboygan after 5 successful years. A break was in order to think about the future of the gallery and where it would be re-located. Knowing that the gallery would someday be re-opened again, Frank knew that it was important for the gallery artists to do what they needed to do to continue their studio practice and to seek new opportunities to exhibit. They were provided the option to either wait patiently for the gallery to re-open or to move on. He was so happy that they decided to wait. So, 16 months later a new chapter has been created. 

On April 8th, the Frank Juarez Gallery had its first reception at the new exhibition space in Milwaukee. The current exhibition features the works by its gallery artists, Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, and Sara Willadsen. We have an exciting line up of exhibitions coming this year.

We would like to say Thank You for joining us as we celebrated the FJG MKE opening and we look forward to seeing you again. 

p.s. feel free to tag #frankjuarezgallery on Instagram with your photos. We would love to see them. 

L to R: Tony Conrad, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Frank Juarez, Dale Knaak, and Sara Willadsen. 

L to R: Tony Conrad, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Frank Juarez, Dale Knaak, and Sara Willadsen. 

 

Reception Photos by Cate Elsbernd.