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 Kendra Bulgrin and Lisa Wicka.
Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Kendra Lynn Bulgrin attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she received a BFA with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Japanese Cultural Studies in 2005. Bulgrin completed her MFA in interdisciplinary arts at Memphis College of Art in 2007. Throughout the years, Bulgrin has continued to teach painting, drawing, and design at the college level.
Bulgrin draws from a unique vantage point as an adopted child and continues to explore the complex issues surrounding her identity, memory, and past. Recently, she has been coming to terms with the birth of her two sons, both with special needs. Bulgrin’s oil paintings examine the longing for identity and the subsequent expectations associated with identity and memory. She questions how identity is constructed through images, place, memory, decoy, and the miniature.
Bulgrin has shown nationally and internationally, with shows at the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Encaustic in the 21st Century at the Encaustic Art Institute, and at Beijing Normal University, China. Currently, she is director and owner of James May Gallery.
The Familiar, Oil on panel, 8”x8”2016
Into the Wild, Oil on panel, 8”x8”, 2017
Arctic Dreams, Oil on panel, 12”x16”, 2016
Lisa Wicka is a mixed media printmaking artist who lives in Marinette, WI. She received her BFA from the University of Central Florida, MFA from Purdue University, and is currently the Assistant Professor of Art at UW Marinette.
Wicka’s work shows national and internationally and she actively participates in workshops and residencies worldwide. She enjoys traveling and exploring new locations through her art making practice. Her travels have offered her the opportunity to work out of the Ålgården Workshop (Borås, Sweden), Sparkbox Studios (Picton, Canada), Lower East Side Print Shop (NYC) and the Women’s Studio Workshop (Kingston, NY) among others. She was awarded the Mrs. Granville Wells Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters for her mixed media sculptural work in 2013 and her work is in the permanent collections of Southern Graphics Council, Mid America Print Council, Purdue University, Oregon State University, Ohio State University, and Northern Wisconsin Technical College.
To see more of her work, visit www.lisawicka.com
Focus I, Plexi, enamel, vinyl, Prismacolor, paper, silkscreen, wood with digital photography (in viewfinder), 2017
Focus II, Plexi, enamel, vinyl, Prismacolor, paper, relief, matte medium with iron oxide, wood with digital photography (in viewfinder), 2017
Merge IV, 10"x12" 2014