Indiana Green 2017 at the Arts Mill

8th Annual Indiana Green Exhibition

June 26 – August 5, 2017

Artist Reception: July 14, 6:30-9:00 pm


Grafton, WI (June 7, 2017) — The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present Indiana Green featuring works by Wisconsin artists. Exhibiting artists include: Cristian Anderson (Oshkosh), Stephanie Barenz (Milwaukee), Ray Easley (Fall River), Nina Ghanbarzadeh (Milwaukee), Kevin Miyazaki (Wauwatosa), Rob Neilson (Appleton), Jared Patton Plock (Milwaukee), and Kate E. Schaffer (Jackson). Indiana Green is co-curated by Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards.
Join us on July 14 from 6:30-9:00 pm for our artists’ reception. This exhibition runs from June 26 – August 5, 2017. The Arts Mill is located at 1300 14th Avenue, Grafton, Wisconsin 53024.

In its 8th season, Indiana Green is an annual group exhibition featuring 2-D and 3-D 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 art practice. Past featured artists were Pamela Anderson, Reginald Baylor, Rory Burke, Jon Horvath, Dara Larson and Rafael Salas.

About the artists

Cristian Andersson is a painter working out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In his formal education, he first studied painting and performance art at Columbia College in Chicago. Then, in 2013, received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in design and fine art, focusing on photography and printmaking. Informally, his artwork has been equally affected by a number of personal tragedies. By combining this disciplined education and a sense of distress, his large abstract paintings tend to be, as described by a fellow artist, having a sense of melting into complete disarray, and yet having the strength to hold together. As Andersson describes it, his work is like free jazz. A painting can hold different pacings of color and marks, and a level of completion from raw to polished. Like an Ornette Coleman song, the work makes sense when you accept the discord.

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.

Ray Easley is an artist who received his BA from the University of Houston and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is derived from the use of portrait formalism to create colorful and playful notations to the human form. Easley currently works and lives in Fall River, Wisconsin.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Kate E. Schaffer is a painter and writer exploring the fixity and possibility of time and space.  She draws on painting’s history and the contextual manifestation of identity to consider what semiotic dissonances and visual cacophony can do to the grid.  Creating nowheres, she shifts the viewer’s sense of positionality, generating at once a sense of place and a feeling of displacement.

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 the Arts Mill

The Arts Mill is housed in the Grafton Historic Mill.  The Arts Mill provides a place for artists to do their art. A cooperative environment, artists have an opportunity to secure a space among other artists. Open to the public, it fosters a cultural appreciation of the arts in our communities. The Arts Mill works in collaboration with the North Shore Academy of the Arts, a non-profit organization (located in Grafton, WI) offering programming in the visual, literary and performing arts.

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