Wisconsin Artists

INDIANA GREEN 2017: Studio Visits with Jared Patton Plock and Stephanie Barenz

Co-curators Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards are at it again. They began their journey visiting artists in their studios for INDIANA GREEN this month. 

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, and installation to photography. This exhibition represents personal exploration of materials, media and ideas in a contemporary practice. In its 8th season it will be working with the following artists: Cristian Andersson (Oshkosh), Stephanie Barenz (Milwaukee), Ray Easley (Fall River), Nina Ghanbarzadeh (New Berlin), Kevin Miyazaki (Wauwatosa), Rob Neilson (Appleton), Jared Patton Plock (Milwaukee), and Kate E. Schaffer (Jackson). 

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 their ideas, and to exhibit these works. 

For the next three months, FJG will be introducing you to these artists. 

Jared PATTON PLOCK

Jared Patton Plock is a visual artist based in Milwaukee, WI. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jared is currently a faculty member at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin: Whitewater.

Exhibiting work both regionally and nationally, Jared’s work utilizes drawing, sculpture, and installation to investigate our relationship with familiar objects and our surroundings.

Stephanie BARENZ

Stephanie Barenz is an artist who makes mixed media work about place, sojourning, and storytelling. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and spent a year studying at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has taught at Hangzhou Dianzi University in China and currently teaches at Wisconsin Lutheran College and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Barenz has completed artist residencies through the Students Artist League of New York, the Pfister Hotel AiR program in Milwaukee, and at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Her work has been acquired by notable public collectors, such as Northwestern Mutual and Alverno College and has private collectors across the United States and in Europe. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Walker’s Point Center of the Arts, Redline, Dean Jensen Gallery, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Expo 72 in Chicago, and more.

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.

INDIANA GREEN 2017: Studio Visits with Nina Ghanbarzadeh and Kevin Miyazaki

Co-curators Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards are at it again. They began their journey visiting artists in their studios for INDIANA GREEN this month. 

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, and installation to photography. This exhibition represents personal exploration of materials, media and ideas in a contemporary practice. In its 8th season it will be working with the following artists: Cristian Andersson (Oshkosh), Stephanie Barenz (Milwaukee), Ray Easley (Fall River), Nina Ghanbarzadeh (New Berlin), Kevin Miyazaki (Wauwatosa), Rob Neilson (Appleton), Jared Patton Plock (Milwaukee), and Kate E. Schaffer (Jackson). 

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 their ideas, and to exhibit these works. 

For the next three months, FJG will be introducing you to these artists. 

Nina GHANBARZADEH

Nina Ghanbarzadeh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus in fine art and graphic design in 2013.  She completed two years in RedLine Milwaukee’s artist in residency program in 2015. RedLine is an urban arts laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and also provide access to art to diverse communities. She is now part of Material Studios and Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.

Ghanbarzadeh has participated in a number of group shows in Wisconsin. She is the recipient of Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund, Student Silver ADDY and Fredric R. Layton Foundations Scholarship Awards. She is also a teaching artist and has been involved in many workshops, lectures and presentations.

Recent focus in her work has been the intersection of text and image and the potential of using text to create movement and texture.

Kevin MIYAZAKI

Kevin J. Miyazaki is an artist and photographer based in Milwaukee. His artwork often focuses on issues of ethnicity, family history and memory. Within the state, his work has been exhibited at the Haggerty Museum of Art, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Norbert College, the Watrous Gallery and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Miyazaki is a past recipient of a Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship and had work included in the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial.  He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.  

STUDIO VISITS

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.

Installation Day at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Yesterday we headed to the gallery to do some last finish touches to the gallery space followed by the installation of its first exhibition, FJG Inaugural Group Exhibition. This exhibition features the works of gallery artists, Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, and Sara Willadsen. 

For the months of February and March please check our website for hours. 

The official opening of FJG MKE is April 1 with our first artist reception scheduled for April 8 from 5-8pm. FJG MKE is located inside Material Studios + Gallery, Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. Gallery hours will be Saturdays from 11am-4pm. 

Contact Information

Frank Juarez

Gallery Director

Tel: 920.559.7181

Email: frankjuarezgallery(at)gmail(dot)com.