Cover photo by Laura Marshall / 53210.
Nathaniel Burks is an Audio Visual Technician for the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Creative Mornings Milwaukee chapter, as well as a local artist. His work is pop/remix art illustration based on plastic toy models mashed with a theme, reading, collaboration with another artist, or no meaning at all, art for the sake of art. His works also revolve around character design and animation. He is 26 years old and currently resides in Milwaukee, WI.
Terimarie Degree is a poet and writer. As the child of parents serving in the US Navy she lived everywhere from southern California to unique locales such as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These experiences have supplied reflections that cover an assortment of topics from faith, family, relationships and coming of age in the 1980s. She is published in Permeable to the Year (2017), The Third Eye (2017) and Where I Want to Live (2018).
Some people say she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, others say no, she is a Milwaukee native. The truth is she’s a little of both. Drawn to the narrative landscape of her surroundings, her work is a culmination of the enduring stories she has experienced throughout her multi-layered career in the visual arts spanning thirty-odd years. Trained as a ceramic artist, Engel-Miller’s work shifted mid-career as she began exploring new materials that allowed her to tell stories using traditional hand work techniques and materials. She embraces the banal, the unexpected, the disenfranchised, and the nitty gritty: Her non-traditional approach to working with fibers, embroidery, yarn and quilt making, paired with a subversive methodology, creates a distinct visual experience.
Stephanie Jo is a local Art Therapist and Artist-in-Residence at Redline Milwaukee, voted Milwaukee's Best Art Gallery (Non-Museum) by the Shepherd Express in 2017. She runs her Art Therapy practice at Elle Studio and Wellness, a unique holistic health and wellness facility that embraces mindfulness techniques and the empowerment that comes from de-stigmatizing mental health issues within a supportive community. Along with her private practice, Stephanie has taken on the role as the Corrections Services Coordinator and Art Therapist for Express Yourself Milwaukee, a local organization that provides therapeutics arts programming to at-risk youth throughout Milwaukee. Stephanie strongly believes in the healing power of the creative process in transforming the perspectives and the lives of those she works while aiding in her own creative work.
My name is Nick Hansen, and I work under the alias Art Saves Lives MKE. My art journey has lead me from automotive illustration to social justice illustration. Recently my years of being an arts educator have revealed a deep appreciation for the healing power of visual art. This visual healing can be experienced through my photojournalism, and my children's book "Art and the Magic Sketchbook". If you are interested in learning more about my artistic mission and vision, please visit: www.artsaveslivesmke.com
Neille is an interdisciplinary artist and designer interested in connecting humanity through visual communication. Hoffman received her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Columbia College in Chicago. After a twenty plus year break from fine art, Hoffman is dipping her hand back in the water for the 2018 ZIP MKE project.
Xeroine, better known as Yessica, is a born and raised Chicana artist and illustrator from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s a MIAD graduate with a BFA in Fine Art with a focus in Illustration. Her work focuses on the female identity to help empower her and other women of color who find the subject matter in her art relatable. Some of the topics touched in her work include spirituality, trauma, sisterhood, social justice, Latinx representation and sexuality. When she’s not drawing Mermaids or Black and Brown goddesses, she can be found designing an album cover or witchy designs for apparel.
The mediums used in her work are a variation of Gouache, Watercolor, Acrylic, Ink, Digital renderings and occasionally, Photography. Some of her clients include: musicians Lex Allen, Queen Tut, Siren, Wolf ThaMan, & AR Wesley, DJ Drip Sweat, No Stress Collective, music festival RW FEMFEST, CopyWrite Magazine, Escuela Verde’s Noche De Altares, Poet Diana Mora, and apparel line Brown & Bruja. Her work can also be found at a variety of local galleries and craft markets.
Fred Kaems is a multi-disciplinary artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works as a painter, muralist, designer, and maker. His work as a designer focuses on sleek modern objects that are often made for a specific function. This part of his practice relies heavily on cutting edge software and technology. This digital work is balanced with his practice as a painter and muralist which are largely self taught. His work as a painter stems from his background as a graffiti artist in his youth. This influence shows with bold colors and hand cut stencils.The large-scale nature of graffiti and spray paint also translate well into his mural work.
He has participated in numerous shows, and has work in collections spanning the nation. He has also created works for a wide range of clients, including many public murals.
Kaems earned his BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in Digital Studio Practices; this is coupled with a certificate in Digital Fabrication and Design and also a Minor in Art History.
John Kowalczyk describes his art as "shrine-like, shiny, symmetrical, and seductive figurations that become maps of my mind combining myth, math, and magic." His work is comprised of mixed media paintings and larger than life installations that incorporate vintage fabrics, thrift store treasures, gift wrap, shelf liner, string, ribbon, repurposed drawings, glitter and gold. The collaged elements of his paintings become more than the sum of their parts exhibiting a spiritual nature. Kowalczyk is interested in the visual connotations of power in our society; pop culture, especially “reality” television; patterns, both natural and manmade; and building a hopeful, vibrant, inclusive, and utopian community through art.
Born in Chicago in 1988, John Kowalczyk currently lives and works in Milwaukee, WI as an artist, curator, and educator. Kowalczyk received his BFA in painting from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2010, and began a three year residency with RedLine Milwaukee soon after, where he curated gallery exhibitions and developed a passion for community art. He currently is the Program Director with Artists Working in Education where he oversees large scale community art projects working with youth in Milwaukee. Kowalczyk’s work has been exhibited at the Sienna Art Institute in Italy, The Charles Allis Art Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Cedarburg Cultural Center, and John Michael Kohler Art Center along with other galleries across the U.S. His most recent projects include a 3000 square foot mural and a painted shipping container stage on the Beerline Trail in the Riverworks neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI located in the 53212 zip code.
My paintings are an expression of my memories, mixed in with a little imagination and experiments with color and texture. Color and texture have my greatest focus and attention. Experimenting with these allows me the freedom to express myself as I have never done before! I have been fortunate to have traveled and lived in so many wonderful places--from the Midwest, West Coast, East Coast, and the South. As my daughter used to say, "My Dad, the Nomad." I have always had this wanderlust driving me to travel, explore, and experience the people, different cultures, and unique landscapes. As I continue to grow, I discover the artist in everyone. Each and every one of us creates art in so many different forms. Sharing my art with others and experiencing others as they create theirs is what drives me to continue to paint.
KEENAN LAMPE & JACQUELINE JOYCE
20 Ton Studios consists of 3 determined artists, 1 crazy architect and a big ass building on Milwaukee's Northwest side. We are in the process of transforming into a well-oiled collaborative machine doing our best to fill our workshops full of fun tools and develop a swanky gallery space in order to make it an awesome ass building on Milwaukee's Northwest side dedicated to the pursuit and production of meaningful art. For this project, 2 founding members have decided to work together to create a multi-disciplinary piece. Jacqueline Joyce: Graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and has extensive experience in painting and small metals. Keenan Lampe: Studied studio art, Spanish, and Japanese at UW-Madison, and is familiar with almost all things sculptural.