INDIANA GREEN 2017: Studio Visits with Nina Ghanbarzadeh and Kevin Miyazaki

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. 


Nina Ghanbarzadeh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus in fine art and graphic design in 2013.  She completed two years in RedLine Milwaukee’s artist in residency program in 2015. RedLine is an urban arts laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and also provide access to art to diverse communities. She is now part of Material Studios and Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.

Ghanbarzadeh has participated in a number of group shows in Wisconsin. She is the recipient of Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund, Student Silver ADDY and Fredric R. Layton Foundations Scholarship Awards. She is also a teaching artist and has been involved in many workshops, lectures and presentations.

Recent focus in her work has been the intersection of text and image and the potential of using text to create movement and texture.


Kevin J. Miyazaki is an artist and photographer based in Milwaukee. His artwork often focuses on issues of ethnicity, family history and memory. Within the state, his work has been exhibited at the Haggerty Museum of Art, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Norbert College, the Watrous Gallery and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Miyazaki is a past recipient of a Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship and had work included in the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial.  He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.  


All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.