Life after the National Art Education Association 2017 Convention in New York

Elyse Lucas, Appleton Career Academy art educator, and Frank Juarez at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York.

One thing Frank Juarez enjoyed about attending the National Art Education Association’s annual convention is how he felt after he returned back to Wisconsin. He felt motivated. He felt empowered. He felt rejuvenated. 

He was in awe by the dedication that these art educators put into their practice bringing innovative strategies, resources, and projects into the classroom. Having left with a diverse collection of notes, PowerPoints, photographs, etc has a long lasting impact on his profession and a great way to reflect on what he had learned. Having the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with educators from across the country is so vital to better understand the situation we face today in art education. 

Bringing the DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project to the national level was such a rewarding and meaningful experience. Although the intent of the project has changed slightly focusing on art education what matters is that we are constantly introducing to our readers that our communities have a lot to offer in terms of exposing, educating, and engaging them in contemporary art. Witnessing first hand on the impact that this project has had on Elyse’s art students was amazing! 

Elyse & Frank will be working on putting together a How To Guide to Organizing Your Very Own Art Exhibition later this summer. 

Frank Juarez talking about the 365 Artists 365 Days Project (A Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project). Photo by Justine Lucas.

Elyse Lucas talking about the DIY Gallery component of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. The DIY Gallery was conceived by Elyse. Photo by Justine Lucas.

Guest appearance by Katie Virag, featured artists from the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. Katie shared her experience as a featured artist. Photo by Justine Lucas.

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Running the Show: students curate Manitowoc art show

This exhibition features 6 Wisconsin artists from the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. Featured artists are Sara Risley, Sara Willadsen, Melissa Dorn Richards, Tonia Klein, Daniel Fleming, and Erica Huntzinger. This exhibition is based on the DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project (A Frank Juarez Gallery & Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project). This DIY Gallery idea was executed by Appleton art teacher, Elyse Lucas.
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Appleton Career Academy art students curate professional art exhibition

img_0780Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet the students who have been working with Appleton art teacher Elyse Lucas on the DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look Into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. About two years ago, Elyse attended one of my presentations at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin. The intent of the presentation was to create a sense of awareness about this project and all of the amazing artists Zina, Rachel, and I worked with. 

Elyse loved the idea, but felt that she wanted to introduce it in another way. A way that would be more relevant to her students. So she designed a curriculum based on the project. The curriculum walks her students through various stages of researching, collaborating, communicating, curating, and presenting their thematic ideas for organizing an exhibition. What I found to be interesting was the fact that her students created mock up galleries of what the exhibition would look like. 

As you know, plans change. Especially when you are in the physical space with real obstacles like installing actual works, gallery walls, lighting, etc. Regardless, I could sense excitement, nervousness, and ownership coming from these students. This exhibition is student-curated, which features 6 Wisconsin artists who have been featured in the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. They are Daniel Fleming, Erica Huntzinger, Tonia Klein, Melissa Dorn Richards, Sara Risley, and Sara Willadsen

Installation Day at Global Arts Gallery

If you go:

Location: Global Arts Gallery, 702 York Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

Reception: February 11 from 1-4pm

Exhibition runs from January 30 – February 25, 2017.

– written by Frank Juarez, art educator/founder of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project


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First Run of the DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look Into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project in La Crosse, Wis.

On October 20, 365 Artists 365 Days Project founder Frank Juarez and Appleton art teacher, Elyse Lucas presented at the Wisconsin Art Education Association fall conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Elyse is a high school art teacher who attended last year’s presentation on this project at the WAEA conference in Appleton. Being introduced to this project resulted in her using the artist databases to inspire her students to create a series of mock up galleries using the artists’ artworks from this project. This was a great opportunity to work together and share the importance of bringing contemporary art inside the art classroom and providing her students with real life experiences. 

March 2-4, 2017 Frank and Elyse will be presenting the conclusion of this experience resulting in a student-led art exhibition at Global Arts in Manitowoc, Wisconsin (February 2017). This final presentation will take place in New York during the 2017 National Art Education Association Convention.

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We are happy to announce that Frank Juarez, founder, will be presenting on the 365 Artists 365 Days Project this fall and upcoming spring. What started as a one-year project grew into a two-year project ending in 2015. Since then we were unsure what direction this project would take us. Juarez knew that this project has potential and was fortunate to present on this project at the National Art Education Association 2015 Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana and the 2015 Wisconsin Art Education Association Fall Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin. Most recently, he will be co-presenting with Elyse Lucas, Appleton art educator at the upcoming 2016 WAEA Fall Conference in LaCrosse, Wisconsin as well as the 2017 NAEA Convention in New York in March. Elyse attended one of his past sessions on this project and have used the artists’ database from this project with her high school art students. Below is a description of their presentation. 

L to R: Zina Mussman, Rachel Quirk, and Frank Juarez

This session shares a story of how a Wisconsin art teacher created a very unique art lesson by implementing the 365 Artists 365 Days Project into her curriculum. The DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project inspired her high school art students to research, collaborate, and to design their own mock up art galleries. Their journey led them to organize and curate a real exhibition in North East Wisconsin with artists from this project. This presentation will discuss how the idea of creating a DIY Gallery started, how it brought two arts professional into the conversation, importance of educating students on the logistics of putting together a successful exhibition, how to work with artists, and to network with local businesses/gallery owners to determine a possible venue for a student led art exhibition. The 365 Artists 365 Days Project highlights contemporary artists from across the globe through an online interview platform. Since its inception in 2014, it has introduced artist on a daily basis via online and social media. To date, it has featured over 700+ artists working in various media, processes, and studio practices. The session will be set up as a two­-person presentation; the Wisconsin art teacher and the founder of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. A PowerPoint will be shared with the audience containing student testimonials, video, examples of students’ promotional designs, and Q & A. In addition to the project’s website, excerpts from Edward Winkleman’s How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery will be implemented into the student led DIY Gallery lesson plan.


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A Creative Perspective: Art gets real at Career Academy in Appleton, The Post Cresent

Appleton art teacher, Elyse Lucas collaborated with Kate Mothes of Young Space inspires high school art students to research, collaborate, and design their own gallery. The 365 Artists 365 Days Project provided students with a list of artists whose works were explored for the curation of the exhibitions that were organized within their own galleries. 

It is such a rewarding experience to see this project inspire students to look at the [art] world through a different lens. 

Below is the article that was published on April 11, 2016 by The Post Crescent. 

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Year 2: 365 Artists 365 Days Project Artist Database now available

IMG_2466The 365 Artists 365 Days Project is pleased to announce that it has made its 2014 and 2015 Artist Database available for download. These databases lists all of our featured artists from all over the world. 

The purpose of this project is to introduce its readership to a diverse collection of art that is being produced at the local, national and international level. The goal is 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. Frank Juarez, Zina Mussman, and Rachel Quirk hope that this project can become a source for exploring and experiencing contemporary art in all its forms. 

We encourage you to share this project with students, educators, and professors. Anyone you think would be interested in Contemporary Art. 

Our database:

  • lists all of our featured artists in alphabetical order by last name,
  • lists the city, state or country of each featured artist, 
  • provides artists’ websites, 
  • and categorizes our artists working in a specific medium/a within our database.

Please note: the downloadable file(s) are Excel spreadsheets. We categorized all of the artists’ work based on the type of work they submitted to our project. 

To download our 2014 Artist Database click here.

To download our 2015 Artist Database click here.

Questions can be directed to Frank Juarez at

Courtesy of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project

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