Virtual Artist Talks with Karly Kainz, Class of 2015

New to 2021-2022, we will be creating a new series focused on North High Art Alumni and what they are doing as young creative professionals.

In this episode, artist Karly Kainz (class of 2015) talks about how her interest in art has led her to pursue a MFA degree, using art as a vehicle for personal reflection and self-discovery, and realizing that happiness is important in pursuing a career.

This episode is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Beginning a new journey at New Mexico State University, Karly’s practice is currently in state of flux, entangled in a developmental and experimental phase as she begins a new body of work. After creating work for years centered around the climate crisis, her attention has been pulled in many different directions in response to the state of this past year. Looking at the global isolation indoors, she was forced to evaluate her space and the objects held within it. Her work is a conversation of the meaning held within objects and the ways in which material can alter that reality. Through the use of abundant materials, her work portrays a nonsensical reality of objects through altered perspective, scale, pattern and form. These works hope to further understand the psychology of how we interact with objects and the sentiment we hold them to.

Karly Jean Kainz is an interdisciplinary artist from Wisconsin who focuses on the materiality of object making. She recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in Print & Narrative Forms from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019. Since 2016, she has exhibited in several Milwaukee based group shows. Additionally, her work is included in multiple collections at UWM and in the Milwaukee area. Her work within the university has led to outside positions like working as a printmaker and graphic designer at the Theaster Gates Studio in Chicago, IL preparing for shows like the world-wide recognized Chicago Architectural Biennial in 2019 and designing for community spaces. Currently residing in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Kainz in studying to receive her Masters in Fine Art at New Mexico State University.

This video is edited by Artdose Magazine. In collaboration with the Sheboygan North High School Art Department.

Welcome Angela Johnson, Fall 2021 NHS Artist-In-Residence

Angela Johnson, Artist

The NHS art department is pleased to announce its fall artist-in-residence. Angela Johnson is a professional artistcreativity coach and educator based in Madison, Wisconsin.  She earned a master’s in Art Education, an MA in Art and an MFA with a focus in photography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Due to the nature of the pandemic, we have extended the option to artists to do their residency in-person or virtual. Angela will be virtual.

Click here to learn about Angela.

The 2021-2022 Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Virtual art exhibition,”PSYCHE: Surreal Intuitions”, featuring new works by our Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Liala Amin

PSYCHE: Surreal Intuitions features 20 works on paper by Spring 2021 artist-in-residence, Liala Amin. All works were created at her Milwaukee art studio in Walker’s Point. Due to COVID-19, we shifted our program to become virtual for the North High community.

This exhibition will run through August 31, 2021.

Psyche 

psy·che

/ˈsīkē/ 

“the human soul, mind, or spirit.” 

Who am I?

The answer to that question is found through introspection. Self-discovery arrives in soul-searching. 

The spirit moves in seasons, constantly forming and changing. To find meaning I turn to what my body and mind speak and translate dreams and emotions into free flowing images. This is intuitive making, letting the unconscious speak. 

Human experience is vivid and transformation endless.

Click here to access this virtual art exhibition.

How to navigate virtual art exhibition

View Exit Interview with Liala Amin. Facilitated by Frank Juarez, art department chair. Click here.

Thank you mosaic tile for Dulmes Carpet One

Mrs. Mattern’s art students have been recycling discarded bits of colored glass from past stained glass projects. They glue the glass onto ceramic floor tiles, then they grout their designs to make lustrous mosaics. Recently, Mr. Gary Dulmes generously donated 40 tiles for these projects, from Dulmes Carpet One. Mrs. Mattern attended the grand opening of Dulmes’ new store and presented him with a mosaic of his logo to show our thanks. 

North High Art Student Work Selected As Winning Design for Identifying Sheboygan’s Cultural Assets Competition

Share Your Voice. Share Your Vision.

On view June 13, 2021, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Green Bicycle Co. and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center collaborated to identify Sheboygan’s cultural assets, to map the unique resources that make Sheboygan Sheboygan. By involving community members in every step of the process, we aim to amplify the voices of Sheboygan residents.

Senior Trent S’s proposal for addressing, “Representation. Culture. Investment. Community.  What do these words mean to you?” was selected as the winning design. Artists were invited to create their vision of the assets and opportunities in the city, illustrating their perspective of cultural asset mapping, and bringing their own creative mark to its portrayal.


Image courtesy of thee artist, Trent S.

Studio Visit with artist-in-residence, Liala Amin

On Saturday, March 20th Mr. Juarez took a drive to Walker’s Point in Milwaukee to see what artist Liala Amin was up to in her studio. Liala is our Spring semester artist-in-residence working virtually with our staff & students.

Liala Amin is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the facets of femininity through themes of spirituality, mythology, and personal identity. While painting is her preferred medium, her work includes mixed media paintings, drawings, and textiles. She flows between mediums to explore the intuitive nature of  art making. Amin considers her art a visual journal and an outlet to manifest introspection, storytelling, and process.

Amin graduated from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fibers. Her work has been exhibited within Midwest group exhibitions and has received features in several publications. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Var West Gallery in Milwaukee.

About the Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residence Program

The Sheboygan North High Art Department created the NHS Artist in Residency Program (NHS AiR) in the fall of 2014. This program is designed to expose, educate and engage the North High community to local and regional artists each semester during the current academic school year. Our artist in residence works with our staff and students for one semester (18 weeks). The AiR program is currently in its fourth year. 

The goals of the NHS Artist-in-Residence (NHS AiR) Program are:

  • to expand the experience of each student in the field of the arts, 
  • foster creativity, enrich education in any given subject, 
  • to present staff members with new ideas and options for instruction.

The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by a grant from The Kohler Foundation, Inc. 

Sheboygan North High Art Department Welcomes Liala Amin, Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence

Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Phyllis Bankier.

We are happy to announce this semester’s artist-in-residence, Milwaukee-based artist, Liala Amin. Liala will be our spring semester [virtual] artist-in-residence. We look forward to having her at Sheboygan North High.

Liala Amin is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the facets of femininity through themes of spirituality, mythology, and personal identity. While painting is her preferred medium, her work includes mixed media paintings, drawings, and textiles. She flows between mediums to explore the intuitive nature of  art making. Amin considers her art a visual journal and an outlet to manifest introspection, storytelling, and process.

Amin graduated from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fibers. Her work has been exhibited within Midwest group exhibitions and has received features in several publications. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Var West Gallery in Milwaukee.

Mr. Juarez interviewed Liala about a couple of weeks ago for the art department’s virtual artist lecture series. You can view her artist talk by clicking here

The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by a grant from The Kohler Foundation, Inc. 

2020-2021 VIRTUAL ARTIST LECTURE SERIES WITH ARTIST KATIE LEMIEUX

The Sheboygan North High Artist Lecture Series (est. 2010) is an in-school program at Sheboygan North High School. We invite local and regional visual artists to share their journey as artists with the beginning, intermediate, and advanced art classes. Visiting artists present and introduce art students to such as but not limited to: how to present a portfolio, share a body of work, facilitate an art demonstration, or talk about about their artistic journey. This provides our students the opportunity to interact with the artists. 

Due to COVID-19 we will be offering our artist lecture series as virtual artist talks for this 2020-2021 school year. 

The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Virtual Artist Lecture Series is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc. This artist talk series is in collaboration with Artdose Magazine.

Recorded 02/17/2021

In this episode, Canadian-based artist Katie Lemieux talks about her love for large-scale ceramic works, communicating through the use of texture, embracing the business side of art, and being a full-time artist after graduating from the MFA program from UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in 2019. 

“Through my sculptural and illustrative practice, I explore visual cues of non-verbal communication and expression. I look to lure the viewer into replicating expressions or postures before them, signaling an empathetic response. I work to create an atmosphere that demands a social code switch, an altering of social behavior. In regards to materiality, the rawness of the ceramic medium allows me to reflect on the fundamentality of the process. Illustration gives me the opportunity to explore rich and complex textures in a two dimensional space, recreating depth through tonal value and shadow. The elemental qualities of clay and charcoal I find physically relevant to our own existence. Our flesh is manipulated into folds and creases as we bend and stretch. Clay has the capacity to recreate the more subtle and romantic aspects of our bodies, and empathy can be experienced through familiar, tactile traits and imagery. This is what drives my artistic practice. ” – 2020 

Katie Lemieux was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. After receiving her HBFA at Lakehead University in Fine Art, Katie completed her Masters Degree in ceramic sculpture at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. Her sculptures and production works encompass a variety of techniques including Mishima, Sgraffito and relief carving. She has showcased internationally in Canada, South Korea, Europe, China and USA, and has participated in residencies including Jingdezhen, Sanbao, China and a Virtual Residency in Busan, South Korea.

In addition to her art practice, Katie operates as a support worker for youth and adults with disabilities. This profession plays an integral part in her social research and art practice, as she is continually navigating non-verbal communication, social interactions and body language.  Currently Katie continues her exhibition work in her home studio and enjoys experimenting with elements of the figure, abstracted iterations of emotion and pursuing her research of communicative capacities within humans.

Artist website: www.studiolemieux.com

2020-2021 VIRTUAL ARTIST LECTURE SERIES WITH ARTIST LIALA AMIN

The Sheboygan North High Artist Lecture Series (est. 2010) is an in-school program at Sheboygan North High School. We invite local and regional visual artists to share their journey as artists with the beginning, intermediate, and advanced art classes. Visiting artists present and introduce art students to such as but not limited to: how to present a portfolio, share a body of work, facilitate an art demonstration, or talk about about their artistic journey. This provides our students the opportunity to interact with the artists. 

Due to COVID-19 we will be offering our artist lecture series as virtual artist talks for this 2020-2021 school year. 

The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Virtual Artist Lecture Series is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc. This artist talk series is in collaboration with Artdose Magazine.


Recorded 02/10/2021

In this episode, Milwaukee-based artist Liala Amin talks about her self-discovery journey, embracing her culture, addressing mental health, and finding the freedom to follow her own voice. 


At its core, my art is a visual journal. A therapeutic documentation of emotion, growth, and discovery. I rely on intuition as I allow lines to flow and form organic, and sometimes chaotic, patterns. But within chaos there is a union of consciousness and the unknown, creativity and transformation. 


My art is a feminine view inspired by a combination of myth, history, and personal experiences. I want to subvert singular expectations of womanhood and present femininity as multifaceted and fully autonomous. Multiple materials allow me to express different ideas and I enjoy incorporating different media in each artwork. I encourage the viewer to look closer and take in the details, reflecting lights, and shifting colors. Life changes depending on our view: we become illuminated differently by every new perspective.


Liala Amin is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the facets of femininity through themes of spirituality, mythology, and personal identity. While painting is her preferred medium, her work includes mixed media paintings, drawings, and textiles. She flows between mediums to explore the intuitive nature of  art making. Amin considers her art a visual journal and an outlet to manifest introspection, storytelling, and process.
Amin graduated from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fibers. Her work has been exhibited within Midwest group exhibitions and has received features in several publications. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Var West Gallery in Milwaukee.

The 2020-2021 Sheboygan North High Virtual Artist Lecture Series is supported by a grant from The Kohler Foundation, Inc. 

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