Street Artists of Milwaukee Exhibition at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Street Artists of Milwaukee Exhibition

June 24 – August 5, 2017

Artist Reception: June 24, 5-8 pm

Milwaukee, WI (June 6, 2017) — The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present the Street Artists of Milwaukee exhibition featuring works by five Wisconsin artists with street art experience. Exhibiting artists are: Mike Change, Nova Czarnecki, Fred Kaems, John Kowalczyk, and Dave Watkins.

 Join us on June 24 from 5-8 pm for our artists’ reception. This exhibition runs from June 24 – August 5, 2017. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, #600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. This is exhibition is co-curated by Frank Juarez and Stacey Williams-Ng of Wallpapered City.

This exhibition will feature the works of a select few artists whose outdoor murals and markings have made a difference in the Milwaukee urban landscape in recent years. Kowalczyk participated in Black Cat Alley, Czarnecki in the Bay View Street Canvas Project, and Fred Kaems in the Beerline Trail Mural project. Artists were chosen based on their unique take on what street art can be, and for their unique voices. One of the artists will produce an indoor mural measuring 8 feet x 8 feet to be exhibited at the gallery.

Mike Change, a street artist in our city since 2003, is known for his lettering style and his rogue application of mail stickers with political and other provocative messaging. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to participate in the show by leaving their own messages and doodles on similar USPS mail stickers.

About the artists

Nova Czarnecki usually works with oil paint on canvas, creating vibrant life-sized images of figures in motion, often intermingled with natural elements such as seashells, beehives or tree branches. A graduate of MIAD, Czarnecki finds inspiration in nature and considers the connection between what can actually be touched and what is transcendent. Her first public mural was completed in May of this year in Bay View, as a part of the Street Canvas 2017 project. The paintings exhibited in this show were inspirations for the mural.

Fred Kaems is a multi-disciplinary artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works as a painter, muralist, designer, and maker. Largely self-taught, his work as a painter stems from his background as a graffiti artist in his youth. This influence shows with bold colors, hand cut stencils, and the forgotten spaces of man that nature has begun to retake. The large-scale nature of graffiti and spray paint also translate well into his mural work.

John Kowalczyk lives and works in Milwaukee, WI as a community artist and educator. Kowalczyk received his BFA in painting from MIAD in 2010. In 2014, John began working with Artists Working in Education Inc.  as a lead artist in AWE’s AIR programs, and quickly became enamored with the entire process of public art. The Mitchell Park Mural, Doerfler Intersection Mural, and Health Equity Mural are a few highlights of the work he has accomplished with A.W.E. as a lead artist over the past three years. Kowalczyk has also worked with a number of local arts programs including Arts at Large, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and most recently ArtWorks for Milwaukee as a lead artist educator.

Mike Change, AKA changerous63 - Little is known about this elusive artist, except that he was born in Rochester, New York, where he began his explorations in graffiti in the mid-1980s. Now a longtime Milwaukee resident, he seems to be living a parallel life as a suburban father, making art and supporting community projects like the Black Cat Alley.

Dave Watkins is a native of Milwaukee. Watkins' work is influenced by daily interactions with his surroundings.As an abstract painter, his canvas becomes the city, using texture and layers of color to reflect thoughts, feelings and experiences. He is best known for his abstract canvases, which are largely influenced by urban landscapes. A passing train, an urban alley— each painting takes the viewer on a private journey with their own interpretations. Recently he has taken an interest in bringing his painting to public surfaces.

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.

About Stacey Williams-Ng

Stacey Williams-Ng is the owner of Wallpapered City, a consulting agency helping match mural artists to building owners and city planners. A mural artist herself, Williams-Ng was the leading force behind Black Cat Alley, an East Side BID project in 2016 that brought 14 murals by 16 artists to an alley between Farwell and Prospect Avenues. Most recently she directed the Street Canvas Mural Project in Bay View, which brought large-scale works of an all-female roster of artists to the Kinnickinnic Avenue corridor. Williams-Ng is a former adjunct instructor at MIAD and has served as an educator in painting, drawing and design for over 20 years.

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