Melissa Dorn

Video and Reception Photos: Indiana Green 2019 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Indiana Green 10 Year Anniversary

Video by Robby Antonio Alcazar of RAA Films. Follow @raafilms

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Photos courtesy of Pat Ryan

Row 1:Melissa Dorn, Frank Juarez
Row 2: Lisa Wicka, Christine Style, Jessica Zalewski, Michael Kautzer, Sara Risley, Ann Baer, Christian Sis, Eddee Daniel, Erica Huntzinger, Nina Ghanbarzadeh
Row 3: Jeff Redmon, Kate Schaffer, Tiffany Knopow, Christopher Willey, Nirmal Raja, Jenie Gao, Rafael Francisco Salas, Dean Valadez, Tony Conrad
Row 4: Todd Mrozinski, John Kowalczyk, Jared Patton Plock, Serena Weits, Cristian Andersson, Kendra Bulgrin, Jaymee Harvey Willms, Dara Larson, Pamela Anderson, Kay Jelinek
Row 5: Brandon Minga, Daniel Fleming, Ariana Huggett, Chris Niver, Dale Knaak, Dave Watkins, Sara Willadsen

On July 31st, Indiana Green celebrated its 10th Year Anniversary at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. This exhibition runs through August 25, 2019.

Indiana Green is an annual group exhibition featuring 2-D and 3-D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin.

The first Indiana Green was organized by Frank Juarez in 2010 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and featured artists from IL and WI. What was suppose to be a one-time exhibition slowly grew into 10 years of working with amazing artists. In 2016, the focus has transitioned to exhibiting and working with Wisconsin artists.

Indiana Green introduces a diverse body of work by artists working from paintings to mixed media, sculpture to printmaking, and installation to photography. This exhibition features works that are meaningful and significant today in Wisconsin's contemporary art landscape. This exhibition is co-curated by Melissa Dorn and Frank Juarez. Organized by the Frank Juarez Gallery.

Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62N546 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm. 

Reception Photos

Mopping Up: New and recent works by Melissa Dorn at Yardstick Algoma

October 5 –21, 2018

Yardstick, 317 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201

 Artist Reception: Friday, October 5, 5-8pm

Click here to listen to her interview with Terry Kovarik, Door County Daily News

Mop XXIV; Acrylic and graphite on canvas; 36 x 36 inches, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and the Frank Juarez Gallery.

Mop XXIV; Acrylic and graphite on canvas; 36 x 36 inches, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and the Frank Juarez Gallery.

Algoma, WI — Yardstick is pleased to present Mopping Up, an exhibition of new work by Melissa Dorn. In 2015, Melissa Dorn began obsessing over mops.  Mopping Up, heavily influenced by industrial mop heads, comments on issues around labor, women’s work, and abstraction. The exhibition features drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as an altering of the gallery space.

Why mops?  While reading 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton, Dorn came across the word “mop.”  She couldn’t get the word out of her head. She wrote it down. She sketched her version of the mop. The word became funnier the more she obsessed about it. “Mop is a funny word. It’s short,” Dorn explains, “but it feels alive. If you repeat it over and over again in your head, then start saying it aloud, it sounds funny and then becomes even funnier.”

Dorn thought the mop might just stay in her sketchbook and her head, until she remembered her mom frequently calling her a mop head when she needed a haircut.  Now, from hair to labor to feminism, Dorn realizes the endless possibilities of mops.

This exhibition runs from October 5 – 21, 2018, with a reception on Friday, October 5, 5-8pm. Yardstick is located at 317 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201.

Hours of operation for October 2018 are October 5, 5-8pm; October 6, 12-5pm; October 7, 12-4pm, October 13, 12-4pm, October 20, 12-4pm, and by appointment at 785.917.9628.

About the artist

Melissa Dorn works between painting and sculpture. She infuses common objects, things often overlooked, with humor and animating textures. Dorn Richards, who earned her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, has been making art in Milwaukee for over 20 years. Dorn is represented by Frank Juarez Gallery.

Her work is found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, Mandel Group, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Select exhibitions include: The Jump Off, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art; Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art; Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art; Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.

About Yardstick Algoma


Yardstick is a multifaceted work in progress housed in a historical building in downtown Algoma, Wisconsin. We plan to open as a progressive bookstore, gallery and coffee shop in Spring of 2019.  The name Yardstick is meant to remind us to measure up to our ideals and practice.

Meantime, Yardstick is hosting pop-up events in its unfinished space, including this exhibition of Melissa Dorn’s work, as well as various readings.  We will open a holiday pop-up shop in Yardstick’s storefront in November and December, close the store to complete our vision, and re-open, fully realized, in Spring 2019.

Yardstick is owned by Heidi Raak, who was the owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas for ten years before moving to Algoma, Wisconsin in October 2017.  She was born in Boston, grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and spent the last 20 years in Lawrence, Kansas, before falling in love with Algoma and the Michigan shore. 

For further information on the exhibition Mopping Up: New Work by Melissa Dorn, please email or call 785.917.9628.





Press Release: Indiana Green 2018

Indiana Green: A Wisconsin Group Exhibition

Artist Reception: June 16, 5-8pm

June 9 - July 21, 2018

Milwaukee, WI — The Frank Juarez Gallery is happy to announce the 9th segment of Indiana Green: A Wisconsin Group Exhibition. Featured artists include: 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 runs from June 9 – July 21, 2018, with an artists’ reception from 5-8pm. Parts Unknown Studio is located at 1035 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI  53204. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Indiana Green is co-curated by Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn.

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, installation to photography, and video to drawings.

Image: Lisa Wicka, Along the Way VII, Mixed media print on wood panel, 9.5” x 15", 2018  Poster design by Sally Carson

Image: Lisa Wicka, Along the Way VII, Mixed media print on wood panel, 9.5” x 15", 2018

Poster design by Sally Carson

About the artists

Lois Bielefeld is a series based artist working in photography, audio, video, and installation.  Her work continually asks the question of what links routine and ritual to the formation of identity and personhood. The Bedroom, Weeknight Dinners, Androgyny, All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country, and Neighborhood examine the connective ties people share within our private and public spaces with food, perceptions of gender, team, and community.

Lois lives in Milwaukee, WI with her daughter and wife. Bielefeld has her BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Besides photography, she feels passionate about traveling, swimming, urban gardening and bicycling adventures.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and The Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. Bielefeld has shown at The International Center of Photography in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Charles Allis Art Museum, ArtStart, Portrait Society Gallery, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-La Crosse, and Walker’s Point Center. In 2015 Lois had a ten-week artist residency in Bourglinster, Luxembourg through the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture. She is a recipient of the 2017 Nohl Fellowship. Bielefeld is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee.

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.

Michael Davidson 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.

Trent Miller is an artist living in Madison, Wisconsin. Miller’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include A Tiny Rivulet in the Distant Forest at ArtStart (Rhinelander, WI), Meet Me At The End Of The World at Tory Folliard Gallery (Milwaukee, WI), Spindrift and Tether at James Watrous Gallery (Madison, WI), and a drawing retrospective I & They at Backspace Gallery (Peoria, IL). In addition to showing his own work, Miller curates exhibitions and runs The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, an arts incubator program in Madison, WI.

Nirmal Raja is an inter-disciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee, WI. Raja received a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature in India, a diploma in Graphic Design from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has been a mentoring resident and AIR chair at Redline Milwaukee, an urban arts incubator and community print shop. She teaches in local institutions on a part-time basis and maintains a studio at Material Studios and Gallery in downtown Milwaukee. Periodically she curates shows and organize collaborations that address notions of intersectional identity, migration, disenfranchisement and marginality.

She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally and internationally. She has won several awards and grants including grants from Wisconsin Arts Board and the Milwaukee Arts Board supporting an exhibition at Redline and grants from the Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund.

Jeff Redmon is a Milwaukee based artist, designer, curator and community arts organizer who holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Redmon is currently the Exhibition and Residency Manager at RedLine Milwaukee, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an urban laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and to stimulate the creative potential of the local community to which we are linked.

A practicing artist for over 15 years, Redmon continues to perfect his unique style of abstract art making. He has also created several public and private large scale murals throughout the Milwaukee area.

LaNia Sproles 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.

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.

Jaymee Harvey Willms is an artist living and working in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin. She was born and raised in Maplewood, Minnesota. From there she moved to South Dakota where she received her BFA in painting and art history from the University of South Dakota. In 2015 she went on to graduate from SUNY Albany with her MFA in sculpture. She has had international residencies, shows her work across the United States, and continues to make work in her studio in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

About Indiana Green

Indiana Green started in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 2010. It was curated by artist, Frank Juarez, as a way to pay respect to artists who have supported him. What was supposed to be a one-year exhibition gradually grew gaining the attention of artist living and working in Wisconsin. Since 2017, Indiana Green has begun to be exhibited across the state of Wisconsin with new roster of artists. Today, it has featured 74 artists.

For further information on the exhibition, please contact Frank at or call 920.559.7181.