Credo Quia Absurdum: New Work by Rob Neilson at the Frank Juarez Gallery

For Immediate Release

The Frank Juarez Gallery

207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600

Milwaukee, WI53202


Credo Quia Absurdum:

New Works by Rob Neilson

August 12 – September 16, 2017

Reception: August 12, 5-8pm


Rob Neilson,  Make it with Anyone Anyhow  , MDF and milk paint, 24” x 16” x 11”, 2017

Rob Neilson, Make it with Anyone Anyhow, MDF and milk paint, 24” x 16” x 11”, 2017

Milwaukee, WI (July 27, 2017) — The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present Credo Quia Absurdum featuring new works by Rob Neilson. This will be Neilson’s first solo show with the gallery.

Join us on August 12 from 5-8pm for our artist reception. This exhibition runs from August 12 – September 16, 2017. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. An exhibition catalogue will accompany the exhibition and be available for purchase at and at the gallery.

In this new body of sculptural works, Neilson concentrates on the exchange between the idiosyncratic and collective connotations borrowed from the individuals depicted. Exploiting the traditional genre of the portraiture bust in a way which combines iconography and incongruity, Neilson creates art constructed from layered MDF (medium density fiberboard) and finished with handmade milk paint to consider the space where the iconic encounters the absurd.

About the artist

Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton 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.

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. 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

  •  Indiana Green, June 24 – August 4, 2017, Arts Mill, 1300 14th Avenue, Grafton, WI 53024
  • Cadence, New Paintings by Tony Conrad, September 23 – October 28, 2017, Frank Juarez Gallery
  • Artist in Residency with Sara Willadsen, November 4 – December 16, 2017, Frank Juarez Gallery

For further information on the Creo Quia Absurdum exhibition, please email or call 920.559.7181.