BtA is our blog series using imagery, audio, video and text to tell stories about artists and their art. This episode was produced by Rodney Mustelier, Marcela Garcia and Howard Leu.
On this episode,
our intern Rodney talks to artist, educator and gallerist Frank Juarez about Milwaukee’s art community and his own role within it. We were honored to host the Midwest Artist Studios Group Show, March 3 – April 1, 2017, which Frank curated. Midwest Artist Studios is a project that Frank created to connect live working artists with k-12 students and educators, to create innovative and inspiring new art curriculum. Frank is also a full-time art teacher at Sheboygan High School and runs a gallery located within Material Studios + Gallery.
RD: How do you feel about the current art scene, and what do you see your role of being in the community?
FJ: I believe in building community, not barriers. The art scene is eccentric and there’s not a one-size-fits-all. There’s enough room for everyone to do what they got to do, to make this community as best as possible.
RD: What does Walker’s Point and WPCA mean to you?
FJ: Walker’s Point is home. I grew up on 9th and Washington, grew up playing at Walker Square Park.
RD: How do you think today’s politics effect the creative fields?
FJ: There’s things you can control and there’s those that you can’t. Now more than ever, people are getting together, follow your own voice, and be positive.
RD: Favorite artist, dead or alive?
FJ: Jean-Michel Basquiat…[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/315431152″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]