Ben Grant Interviewed by Greymatter Gallery - April, 2014


Posted on April 19, 2014 by greymattergallery

Briefly describe the work you do.

My paintings explore the potential for meaning in simple, bold, and colorful combinations of shape and dimension.  I look at my paintings as an evolving whole whose constituent components will continue to shift, drop out, or be added to as I explore the boundaries of my process.  I paint the modular units that make up the pieces separately and then combine them in the studio to create strings of information that take on the form of a visual syntax.  As I combine the elements of my pieces, I am

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Forward 2014 - A Survey of WI Art through June, 2014


Every two years, the Charles Allis Art Museum hosts Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, a juried exhibition showcasing the work of Wisconsin artists. Laurie Winters, Executive Director | CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art is this year’s juror. Tory Folliard Gallery artists participating in the show are:  Craig Blietz, Terrence Coffman, Jeremy Popelka, and Stephanie Trenchard.

Stephanie Trenchard, 9 SOVIET ARTISTS, CIRCA 1920, 15x25x13.25×3.75 inches, cast glass with inclusions

Congratulations to Terrence Coffman and Stephanie Trenchard, two of this year’s prize winners.

Terrence Coffman, ANGEL I, 60×48 inches, oil on

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Ron Isaacs - Plywood Constructions in

Ron Isaacs, VESSEL VI, plywood birch construction and paint

Trompe L’oeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs

By Christopher Jobson for This is Colossal

Starting with layers of Finnish birch plywood artist Ron Isaacs builds elaborately designed constructions onto which he paints, in a trompe l’oeil fashion, the delicate details of leaves sprouting from clothing or the textured surface of twigs and bark. Each piece merges three recurring subjects found in most of his works: vintage clothing, plant materials, and found objects. Isaacs shares via his artist statement:

My three primary recurring subjects are vintage clothing (for

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Art Review - Chris Berti & The Figure in Clay, April 2014

Visual Art: The Woman With The Feline Ears Tory Folliard Gallery’s show features a menagerie of fanciful figures in clay.

April 4th, 2014 |


Yes, art can be funny.

Chris Berti GLORY, Limestone. Courtesy Tory Folliard Gallery.

And that’s just a small part of what’s on display at the Tory Folliard Gallery, now inhabited by a plethora of small sculptures that are a world unto themselves. Sculptor Chris Berti is featured with a solo exhibition in Concerning Nature, and he also curated the fourteen artists in The Figure in Clay. The exhibitions are richly complementary, flowing easily from one

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Jason Rohlf - Artist Lecture at Lawrence Univ. - April 8, 2014

fortune teller

Jason Rohlf will lead a discussion about his rigorous painting process and abstract visual sensibilities for Lawrence University’s Art and Art History Department Visiting Artist Series in Appleton, WI.

Jason Rohlf, FORTUNE TELLER, Acrylic on Canvas, 84 x 60″

Artist Lecture | April 8, 2014 5 p.m. | Wriston Auditorium

Reception in Wriston lobby immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public.


Figure in Clay reviewed in Shepherd Express - April, 2014


Turning Clay into Art Ceramics on display at Tory Folliard Gallery By Peggy Sue Dunigan for the Shepherd Express Tory Folliard Gallery celebrates the avant-garde and innovative definition of clay in two exhibitions curated by Chris Berti. Both pay tribute to ceramics being collected or studied by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference that traveled to Milwaukee this spring.In the first exhibition, Berti recycles clay bricks, drainage pipes, tiles and carves directly into these disposables in his exhibition “Concerning Nature.” With more than 80 artworks on display, Berti meticulously creates moths, pill bugs and slugs by sculpting their hidden beauty from vintage

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Todd Olson in Let's Face It - March 2014


Todd Olson will be showing a portrait of Lon Michels in “Lets Face It,” an exhibition at the UCR Palm Desert Center.

Todd Olson, MAESTRO, acrylic on canvas, 57×54 inches

The exhibition is an “exploration of portraiture beyond the realm of photography. This collection, curated by Karen and Tony Barone, includes faces you won’t want to miss.”

Forward 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art through June 2014


The Charles Allis Art Museum is hosting the biennial art exhibit:

Forward 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now March 7 – June 29, 2014

Opening Reception with Awards Ceremony Friday, March 7, 2014 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Jeremy Popelka, GIBBOUS, Assembled Sand Cast Glass, 17 x 10 x 3 1/2″

Every two years, the Charles Allis Art Museum hosts Forward 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, a juried exhibition showcasing the work of Wisconsin artists. Laurie Winters, Executive Director | CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art is this year’s juror.

Craig Blietz, THE RED BRIDLE, oil on panel, 15

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Craig Blietz “The Yard” at Penn State through March 2, 2014

"The Yard:  The Artwork of Craig Blietz"

ALTOONA – Exhibitions of works by Craig Blietz  will be on display in the McLanahan and Sheetz Galleries of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State University through March 2, 2014.

“The Yard: The Art of Craig Blietz”

Blietz lives and works in Wisconsin. He received a BS from The University of Denver, then continued his art and design studies at The Harrington College of Design. He finished his formal studies with four years of academic training at The School of Representational Art. Blietz studied privately with master draftsman and recognized Chicago figurative artist Fred Berger. He also studied with renowned Chicago

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Mark Brautigam's "On Wisconsin" on - February, 2014

Mark Brautigam, Milwaukee

Celebrating the Glory of Wisconsin

By Jordan G. Teicher for


Mark Brautigam, Milwaukee

When Mark Brautigam returned to his home state of Wisconsin in 2000 after serving in the Marines in San Diego, he didn’t know what to do. None of the jobs he’d been considering appealed to him. He was thinking about going back to school. “When I got back, I was used to that grand, epic California landscape, and it was so foreign to me. I had this new appreciation for a subtler, quieter sort of place like Wisconsin,” Brautigam said.

One day he put his large-format camera in his car and

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