INDIANA GREEN 2017: Studio Visits with Jared Patton Plock and Stephanie Barenz

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

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). 

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 their ideas, and to exhibit these works. 

For the next three months, FJG will be introducing you to these artists. 

Jared PATTON PLOCK

Jared Patton Plock is a visual artist based in Milwaukee, WI. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jared is currently a faculty member at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin: Whitewater.

Exhibiting work both regionally and nationally, Jared’s work utilizes drawing, sculpture, and installation to investigate our relationship with familiar objects and our surroundings.

Stephanie BARENZ

Stephanie Barenz is an artist who makes mixed media work about place, sojourning, and storytelling. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and spent a year studying at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has taught at Hangzhou Dianzi University in China and currently teaches at Wisconsin Lutheran College and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Barenz has completed artist residencies through the Students Artist League of New York, the Pfister Hotel AiR program in Milwaukee, and at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Her work has been acquired by notable public collectors, such as Northwestern Mutual and Alverno College and has private collectors across the United States and in Europe. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Walker’s Point Center of the Arts, Redline, Dean Jensen Gallery, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Expo 72 in Chicago, and more.

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.