Co-curators Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards are at it again. They began their journey doing a series of studio visits from December 2017 through February 2018.
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, installation to photography, and video to drawings. This exhibition features works that are meaningful and significant today.. In its upcoming 9th season they will be working with the following artists: Lois Bielefeld (Milwaukee), Kendra Bulgrin (Algoma), Michael Davidson (Milwaukee), Jaymee Harvey Willms (Milwaukee), Trent Miller (Madison), Nirmal Raja (Milwaukee), Jeff Redmon (Milwaukee), LaNia Sproles (Milwaukee), and Lisa Wicka (Marinette). This exhibition will be hosted by Parts Unknown Studio in Walker's Point in Milwaukee early summer 2018.
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 ideas, and to exhibit new works.
Today we introduce you to Michael Davidson and LaNia Sproles.
Michael has taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. While Chair of Fine Arts at MIAD, he led a team to develop a completely new contemporary studio curriculum and degree program. Michael teaches both the painting and sculpture with a specific focus on critique. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in the Midwest and in New York, most recently at the Reinstitute, an alternative gallery in upstate New York.
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Painting and Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1985. Michael studied at Purchase College - State University of New York with Robert Storr and Irving Sandler. In 1988, while completing his Master of Fine Arts in Painting, he moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While in New York City, he worked with curators and artists installing art for the Guggenheim Museum, International Center of Photography, The American Craft Museum, John Weber Gallery, Metro Pictures and numerous galleries and private collections. Michael started a creative consulting practice in 1992, and continues his art studio practice at the Nut Factory in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee.
LaNia grew up in the segregated city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated with a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
She devotes most of her time conducting research on the philosophies of self perception, queer and feminist theories, and inherent racial dogmas; while also examining the contemporary works’ of Laylah Ali, Kara Walker and poet, Warsan Shire.
The combination of printmaking and drawing inspires her to challenge these concepts and to push beyond the traditional expectations of not only the figure but printmaking itself. Through collage and assemblage she strives to conduct work that pays homage to imagery free from the barriers of social constructs and honest in its vulnerability.