Artist talk with David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan at the Frank Juarez Gallery

On February 16 we hosted an artist talk with David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan. The artists talk about how the idea of Misplaced Math of Homes and Families came to be, how they met as well as their own work. Misplaced Math of Homes and Families end March 9, 2019.

The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, #600, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 11am-4pm.

Running time: 28:10

War alters societies and art can document the lives lived and lost as well as gauge the change. The Middle East has been involved in war for centuries, but for nearly the past eight years, Syria has seen bombings, bloodshed, destruction, fatigue and the fragmentation of homes and families that have not been seen in the modern age of civilization. The Misplaced Math of Homes & Familiesbrings artists, David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan to collectively bring their paintings and sculptures, respectively, to convey the turmoil of a country in chaotic conflict. Kasir introduces the viewer to the bloodied and tired people and their shattered families. Ruttan invites you to the homes they abandoned with the ghosts of loved ones lost within the ruins.

David Najib Kasir is an Arab American artist born in 1977 to immigrant parents of Iraq and Syria. Kasir's work is comprised of personal narratives and surrounds the act of coming to terms with the challenges of life, family, love, war, home and loss. His work transcends the basic conversation of the issues surrounding Syria and the Middle East and gives you something truly palpable that you feel you are able to emotionally connect with as a subject matter to create a better understand. Kasir has exhibited regularly throughout the Midwest as he lives and paints in Milwaukee's Walker's Point.

Alison Ruttan is an American artist who was born in 1954. Ruttan investigates characteristics of human behavior through insightful works that reveal our propensity aggression. Her work invokes lost places of homes and invite us to revisit the suffering of the people who remain in the aftermath of the destruction. Ruttan has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, showing both nationally and internationally. Ruttan is an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Reception Photos: Misplaced Math of Homes and Families at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Review by Sara Mulloy


Reception Photos

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Artist Talk with artists, David. Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan, January 19, 2-3pm.

Welcome Reece Howell to the Frank Juarez Gallery

The Frank Juarez Gallery is happy to announce Reece Howell, as our newest gallery assistant. We look forward to working with him in 2019.

About Reece Howell

Reece Howell is a traditional and digital painter residing in Milwaukee. Growing up he spent much of his summers with his father exploring the northern woods of Wisconsin, fishing, hiking, camping, the same experiences many Midwestern kids have. His mother had a career in the medical field, he remembers copying anatomical drawings from her medical textbooks by her side as she worked from home. Now in adulthood looking back those are some of his most cherished memories. In his work he explores relationships and shared moments of the human experience. 

He is Interested in trauma and healing processes of the body and mind. He is also affected by nostalgia, always seeing how the good memories seem to shine through the bad.

Reece knew at a young age that all he wanted to do was pursue a career in art, after high school He attended the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in the spring of 2015. During his undergraduate studies he learned about digital tools and their relationship to contemporary art making. He aims to incorporate digital components to bring the traditional media of painting into new dimensions.

Today Reece is a painter working in the mediums of traditional oil, digital painting, and also mural. He has participated in group shows around Milwaukee, as well he assists and heads on projects creating murals around the city. He continues to pursue his interests in the human experience and pushes to connect with his audience at a deeper level through his work.

Ryan Woolgar at the Frank Juarez Gallery

 Ryan Woolgar

2018 Artist in Residence 

October 27 – December 8, 2018


The Frank Juarez Gallery

207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600

Milwaukee, WI  53202

Reception: Saturday, December 1, 5-8pm

Milwaukee, WI — The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce that artist, Ryan Woolgar, has been selected as the 2018 artist-in-residence. Woolgar will be creating a new body of work based on a series of digital sketches he has been working on this past year. His residency is October 27 - December 8, 2018. 

The Frank Juarez Gallery Artist-in-Residency Program was created to provide an environment designed to support the artist's creative development and creative output. This exhibition space is transformed into a working studio providing the artist access to this space, resources, and professional development. At the end of the 7-week residency the artist will have a closing reception. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, December 1 from 5-8pm. 

Woolgar will be at the gallery on Saturdays from November 3 through December 8, from 11 am - 4pm. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, #600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 (inside Material Studios & Gallery in the Third Ward). 

Woolgar writes, “The act of writing creates marks on a surface. I compose these marks to highlight their gestural beauty rather than focus on the meaning of words. These images capture the inaudible echo that is our thoughts; the running script behind one’s eyes”.

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. The Frank Juarez Gallery exhibits and supports the works of artists who value innovation, technical discipline and artistic excellence in their chosen medium. 

For further information on Ryan Woolgar or this residency, please email or call 920.559.7181.