The 365 Artists 365 Days Project started on January 1, 2014 between founder Frank Juarez (Frank Juarez Gallery) and Zina Mussman and Rachel Quirk (Greymatter Gallery). This project started as a collaboration to introduce its readership to a diverse collection of art that was being produced at the local, national and international level. The goal was to engage the public with content regarding a wide array of creative processes, studio practices, and the successes and challenges that artists face from day to day inside their studios.
What started as a one-year project grew into 2-years of daily visual literacy featuring artists from across the country and around the globe. Many of which continue to push the envelope on what it means to be an artist today. The project officially ended on December 31, 2015. Since then Juarez has been presenting on this project at the state and national levels primarily at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Conference and the National Art Education Association Conventions. In one of his sessions, a high school art educator, Elyse Lucas, attended the presentation in 2015. It was then that sparked a new idea for incorporating the project within the art classroom focusing on education.
Lucas created a very unique art lesson by implementing the 365 Artists 365 Days Project into her curriculum called The DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project, which inspired her high school art students to research, collaborate, and to design their own mock up art galleries. A year later, their journey led them to organize and curate a real exhibition in North East Wisconsin featuring Wisconsin artists from this project.
This led Juarez and Lucas to begin a new collaboration by sharing this project to other art educators from across the state of Wisconsin and beyond. In October of 2016 and March of 2017 they presented at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Fall Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin and the National Art Education Association Convention in New York, respectively. As a result of this experience, they developed an “A How To Guide to Organizing Your Very Own Art Exhibition” as a way to encourage art educators to embrace their local art community, Contemporary Art, and to continue to expose students to learn about artists that are making meaningful and significant works today.
We hope you enjoy this guide.
Frank Juarez & Elyse Lucas
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Disclaimer: this how to guide was designed to encourage art educators to incorporate more Contemporary Art into their curriculum. We also encourage you to download our Artist Databases (2014, 2015) for a comprehensive list of artists that were featured in the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. This How To Guide is complimentary. Courtesy of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project, Frank Juarez, and Elyse Lucas.
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