FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Artist Reception: April 8, 5-8pm
April 1 – May 6, 2017
Milwaukee, WI (March 13, 2017) — The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present the opening of FJG with an inaugural exhibition featuring works by gallery artists. Exhibiting artists include: Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, and Sara Willadsen.
Join us on April 8 from 5-8pm for our grand opening. This exhibition runs from April 1 – May 6, 2017. The Frank Juarez Gallery will reopen inside Material Studios & Gallery, LLC located in the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
After a decade of curating contemporary art exhibitions in Grafton, Milwaukee, and Sheboygan Frank Juarez is excited to bring his quality art programming back to Milwaukee, with this exhibition serving as a preview of what is to come at the gallery this season.
Juarez has been supporting the visual arts by organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, and supporting artists through professional development training workshops, which has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate, network and exhibit in Wisconsin.
About the artists
Tony Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009. Currently, Conrad is a Lecturer of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Conrad’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship.
Dale Knaak is a native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He received the basis of his art training while living in Milwaukee, WI. After obtaining a degree in Commercial Art, he went on to study painting and drawing for five years with James Prohl of the Atelier Prohl School of Classic Realism. Currently he maintains an art studio in a 1900 square foot warehouse space in Sheboygan, WI as a full time, independent artist. He divides his time between painting and drawing, commissioned art and mural projects.
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.
Melissa Dorn Richards works between painting and sculpture. She draws from common everyday objects, things often over-looked or past by, as subject matter and infuses them with humor and expressive color. Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, Mandel Group, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Select exhibitions include: Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art; Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art; Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.
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.
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.
For further information, please visit: www.fjgmke.com, email frankjuarezgallery(at)gmail(dot)com, or call 920.559.7181.