CERA – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Recent commission by street artist, CERA.

We are excited to have this piece in our collection.

We met CERA in Milwaukee in 2016 when he was one of the featured muralists in the Black Cat Alley Mural Festival.  Since then we have been following his work.

Connect with CERA at @cera_streetart

SKRT SKRT, Spray Paint (Montana 94), acrylic, on hand cut wood, 3ft x 4.5ft, 2018

SKRT SKRT, Spray Paint (Montana 94), acrylic, on hand cut wood, 3ft x 4.5ft, 2018

 About CERA

Cera graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2012 with a major in printmaking. He has exhibited across the country in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Houston, and Philadelphia. He’s also exhibited work overseas in South Korea, including solo projects, as well as a collaboration. The artist is currently operating out of Philadelphia.

Most recently, CERA and Katie Batten completed a mural in downtown Milwaukee. Click the link to read about their Migration Mural. 

Links:

“Migration” mural takes flight in once-creepy Jefferson Street Pedestrian Tunnel, Milwaukee Record [link]

Downtown Tunnel Gets Colorful Mural, Urban Milwaukee [link]

Pedestrian tunnel in Milwaukee transformed by mural; ‘A sense of wonder and surprise’, Fox 6 [link] 

 

Introducing our 2018 RFCAC Artist Grant Recipients

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection started in 2015 by acquiring contemporary works from East Coast and Midwest artists and contributing to community art events via sponsorship. Most recently, it started the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program to continue to support artists from these regions.

We see a lot of value in supporting artists financially so that they can fulfill their career goals. We are happy to provide this resource.  We are hoping to continue to provide more funding opportunities later this year. – Randall Baren and Frank Juarez.

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection (RFCAC) is excited to officially launch its artist grant program with this year’s inaugural recipients.

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce Dontrell Corey Fells and Anna Fine Foer as its first artist grant recipients. We look forward to seeing their vision become reality. 


Dontrell Corey Fells

Photo courtesy of the artist

Corey Fells is a photographer located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, most recognized for his projects in which he focused progression of millennial women and detailing their separate stories of conquest. His first-coming solo show, Pookie, opens at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

“Pookie: Photography” exhibition will feature an accumulation of five connecting photo series: 100 Womxn, Violet, Beauty, 36 Timez, and Wives. Each respective series is meant to portray a cyclical narrative that touches on the generation of black millennial women reliving past generational trials and tribulations and conquering them, which then are woven through seasonal changes, recreation of famous art pieces, and using the inspiration from Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes were Watching God” and Alice Childress’ “Wine in the Wildress” to express the contemporary styling of the photographs, all being tied together through the story of Corey’s relationship with his late mother, Pookie. The multiculturalism present within this exhibition shines light on the beauty of the millennial age – a world that his mother embodied sometime ago.

Dontrell Corey Fells, “100 Womxn”, Photography, 4.4 feet X 8 feet, 2017

Check his work out at www.dcoreyf.org.


Anna Fine Foer

Fine Foer decided she was going to be an artist when she was 11, when she lived in Paris for a summer visiting every museum and gallery. While a fibers/crafts major at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) she became fascinated by the relationship between maps and the land they represent, embarking on a lifelong interest in maps and collage.

After emigrating to Israel, Anna worked as a textile conservator in Haifa and Tel-Aviv. She studied at the Textile Conservation Centre, Courtauld Institute in London, where she received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Textile Conservation. Back in the U.S., Anna worked in conservation for the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and for many museum clients as a freelance textile conservator. At the same time, she continued to construct map collage landscapes with sacred, political and meta-physical significance, depicting three or more dimensions on a two-dimensional plane.

Anna now lives in Annapolis and has two young adult sons. Her work has been exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Maryland Governor’s Mansion, and the Israeli Embassy and is in the permanent collection of the Haifa Museum of Art and the Beer-Sheva Biblical Museum. She was awarded a prize for the Encouragement of Young Artists for work exhibited in the Artist’s House in Jerusalem and received a Maryland State Arts Council grant for Individual Artists in 2008 and in 2016.

Anna Fine Foer, Garden of Quantum Delights, collage, 25 x 24 inches , 2017

Check out her work at www.annafineart.com.

 

 

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection interviewed on wybcx Yale Radio

Frank Juarez, co-founder, of the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection was interviewed by Brainard Carey from Praxis Interview Magazine on wybcx Yale Radio regarding the artist grant program. The collection started in 2015 with Randall E. Baren, which supports artists living and working in the East Coast and Midwest. This collection continues to explore ways in which they can support one of our most creative assets – artists. In addition to art acquisitions and sponsorship they have created an artist grant program aimed to support artists financially for residencies, exhibitions, and artist-led lectures.

About Praxis

Praxis is a two person collaborative that was formed in 2000 and was first featured in 2001 in PS1/MOMA’s Greater New York show, and in 2002 they were in the Whitney Biennial for their visual art and a series of performative actions. They are a husband and wife team – Brainard and Delia Carey.

After numerous other shows, Reina Sofia, MOMA, Whitney solo show in 2007, they began a new artist project – building an institution, MONA, (The Museum of Non-Visible Art). MONA is currently interviewing artists, curators, and writers from all over the world, as part of an artist-built institution and a social practice. Over 600 interviews have been conducted so far – The Archive of interviews is here.

Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Visits RedLine Milwaukee

Randall & Frank participated in a series of critiques with the RedLine Milwaukee artists in residence on October 7th. It was a pleasure to meet such a diverse group of artists working in different media from paper to sound, and drawing to installation. Thank you for including us, Jeff Redmon

Marc Tasman

Maddie Richter

Anja Notanja Sieger

Tara Monnink

Jill Sebatian

Kerri Root

Julie VonDerVellen


About RedLine Milwaukee

RedLine Milwaukee was founded by local artists Lori Bauman and Steve Vande Zande in October, 2009. Goals of professional development, access, and social justice are met through RedLine’s Programs: Residency, Exhibition and Education.

The three-story, 22,000-square-foot building includes exhibition space, artist studios, a community printshop, dye lab and paper-making lab. Milwaukee’s premier AiR program, RedLine houses twelve AiRs, eight community residents, six teen residents, the MKE Fashion Incubator, Studio Haus and several visiting artists annually. Additionally, RedLine connects artists with community organizations through workshops, classes, and outreach.

NEW Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program

 

Randall E. Baren and Frank Juarez founded their very own contemporary art collection called the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection, which supports artists living and working in the East Coast and Midwest. This collection started in 2015 and continues to explore ways in which they can support one of our most creative assets -artists. Having successful careers has led them to give back to an area that they are passionate about. In addition to art acquisitions and sponsorship they have created an artist grant program aimed to support artists financially for residencies, exhibitions, and artist-led lectures.

Randall and Frank are pleased to announce its newest artist grant program – the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program. 

To get your hands on the artist grant paperwork click here.

Submissions are due December 1, 2017. 

To contact us simply submit the form below.

2016 Black Cat Alley Grand Celebration – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

img_20160918_0009This weekend Randall and Frank attended the unveiling of the first year of the Black Cat Alley Mural Project in the Eastside of Milwaukee. Both grew up in Milwaukee and have an appreciation for Street Art, artists, and financially supporting a project that brings local talent to create something beautiful. When this opportunity presented itself it was with no doubt that we had to be a part of it. We are looking forward to Year 2 and Year 3 of this project. If you find yourself in Milwaukee, check it out! You will not be disappointed. 

The Black Cat Alley is a new arts destination comprised of outdoor large-scale murals, all in one two-block alley which will serve as an open gallery walkway. It is located between Kenilworth Blvd and Ivanhoe, in the alley between the Oriental Theatre on Farwell Avenue and Colectivo Coffee on Prospect Avenue in the historic East Side neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A dark and quiet space, it is in urgent need of a makeover; in our vision, it will be a beautiful, cultural destination for the public. The alley will become an outdoor gallery, enhancing the local business community by drawing local visitors and tourists.

Click here to hear the artists talk about their work and their experience. 

To learn about the artists click here.

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Black Cat Mural Alley Project – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce its sponsorship for the upcoming Black Cat Mural Alley Project to take place on the east side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin this summer. Milwaukee is dear to their hearts because it is where Randall and Frank met at UW-Milwaukee taking a college bound math class during their senior year in high school in 1993. Since then their careers have taken them to Richmond, Virginia and Sheboygan, Wisconsin; respectively. 

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection aims to support Midwest and East Coast artists as well as events that embrace creativity, diversity, and building [art] community. 

To learn about the Black Cat Mural Alley Project visit www.blackcatmke.com.

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Back Alley Steps and Trailer Alley by Sara Willadsen – Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce its newest acquisition from artist, Sara Willadsen.

Trailer Alley acrylic on canvas 18" x 30" 2010

Trailer Alley
acrylic on canvas
18″ x 30″
2010

Back Alley Steps oil on masonite 24" x 24" 2010

Back Alley Steps
oil on masonite
24″ x 24″
2010

Sara Willadsen makes pictures that satisfy her curiosity in aesthetics and found materials. Combining these articles with reappropriations of her own work allows her to employ past patterns and marks as prompts for new structures and environments. The aggressive process used to construct these secretive spaces is kept in balance with the consciousness to know when to stop.

Sara Willadsen was born in Sheboygan, WI in 1987. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 2014 and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Graphic Arts from Lakeland College in 2010. Working mainly with paint and various site-specific found materials, Willadsen’s work explores concepts of abstract spaces and structures guided by her surroundings. She has had work featured in New American Paintingsand Fresh Paint Magazine and shows frequently in group exhibitions across the country. Willadsen currently works as a visual artist and freelance designer in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Visit Sara’s website to view more work. Click here.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

Untitled Portrait (Houses) by Rafael Francisco Salas, Ripon, Wisconsin

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce its newest acquisition from artist, Rafael Francisco Salas. 

Rafael Francisco Salas, Untitled Portrait (Houses), oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches, 2010

Rafael Francisco Salas, Untitled Portrait (Houses), oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches, 2010

Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin based painter. He combines landscape, the legacy of Byzantine iconography, portraiture, architecture and country music into artwork that evokes a strange, rural poetry. It reflects a personal journey of mixed race identity, conflict, beauty and devotion played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin.

His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, as well as many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Dean Jensen gallery, Circa Gallery and Frank Juarez Gallery. His work is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Salas is also a contributing writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and associate professor of art at Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

Samantha Haring – Chicago, Illinois

Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. Her work is an intimate meditation on humble objects and the detritus of studio life. Haring uses her studio as subject matter to discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence.

Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She has also studied in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring received a scholarship from the Union League Club in Chicago in 2013. Her paintings have been exhibited across the country, most recently in the “Art of Painting” exhibition juried by William Bailey. Haring’s work is included in the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5; her work will be published in the upcoming 2015 Midwest issue of New American Paintings. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

Here is one of seven paintings that are now in the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection. 

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Marlboro Red 3, gouache on panel, 6″x6″, 2012

To see our newest acquisition click here.

Visit samharing.com to check out her work.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.