Co-curators Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards are at it again. They began their journey doing a series of studio visits from December 2017 through February 2018.
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, installation to photography, and video to drawings. This exhibition features works that are meaningful and significant today.. In its upcoming 9th season they will be working with the following artists: Lois Bielefeld (Milwaukee), Kendra Bulgrin (Algoma), Michael Davidson (Milwaukee), Jaymee Harvey Willms (Milwaukee), Trent Miller (Madison), Nirmal Raja (Milwaukee), Jeff Redmon (Milwaukee), LaNia Sproles (Milwaukee), and Lisa Wicka (Marinette). This exhibition will be hosted by Parts Unknown Studio in Walker's Point in Milwaukee early summer 2018.
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 new works.
Today we introduce you to Lois Bielefeld and Nirmal Raja.
Lois Bielefeld is a series based artist working in photography, audio, video, and installation. Her work continually asks the question of what links routine and ritual to the formation of identity and personhood. The Bedroom, Weeknight Dinners, Androgyny, All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country, and Neighborhood examine the connective ties people share within our private and public spaces with food, perceptions of gender, team, and community.
Lois lives in Milwaukee, WI with her daughter and wife. Bielefeld has her BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Besides photography, she feels passionate about traveling, swimming, urban gardening and bicycling adventures. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and The Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. Bielefeld has shown at The International Center of Photography in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Charles Allis Art Museum, ArtStart, Portrait Society Gallery, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-La Crosse, and Walker’s Point Center. In 2015 Lois had a ten-week artist residency in Bourglinster, Luxembourg through the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture. She is a recipient of the 2017 Nohl Fellowship. Bielefeld is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee. To see more of her work http://www.loisbielefeld.com
Follow her visual journal on Instagram at: @loisbielefeld
Nirmal Raja is an inter-disciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee, WI. Raja received a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature in India, a diploma in Graphic Design from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has been a mentoring resident and AIR chair at Redline Milwaukee, an urban arts incubator and community print shop. She teaches in local institutions on a part-time basis and maintains a studio at Material Studios and Gallery in downtown Milwaukee. Periodically she curates shows and organizes collaborations that address notions of intersectional identity, migration, disenfranchisement and marginality.
She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally and internationally. She has won several awards and grants including grants from Wisconsin Arts Board and the Milwaukee Arts Board supporting an exhibition at Redline and grants from the Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund.
Images courtesy of the artists