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
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.
“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]
This 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.
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.
Our newest acquisition comes from Tony Conrad, a Wisconsin-based painter, from Appleton. We saw his work on the 365 Artists 365 Days Project and checked out his website. The level of detail, use of space, and sense of intimacy caught our attention. This painting, “Induction #1, is a 17 inch round, acrylic on panel painting.
We encourage you to visit Conrad at tonyconradart.com.
To read his statement and bio click here.
All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.
We are very excited to introduce to you our first of many acquisitions. Our first acquisition is by photographer, William Zuback from West Allis, Wisconsin. “Suspicious Behavior” was first seen during a studio visit at Zuback’s studio, “Back to the Zu”.
The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection began with a frank conversation between two friends about art and collecting. For the past year these conversations started to evolve into the idea of joining our love for Contemporary Art, getting to know artists from across the country and our resources to begin our very own art collection.
We encourage you to check out Zuback’s work at www.williamzubackphotographs.com.
Read about “Suspicious Behavior” [link]
All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.
William Zuback, “Suspicious Behavior”, photograph printed on brushed aluminum, edition: 1/1, 40x40inches, 2012
The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is based in Virginia.