The UW Campus Art Exchange is a new initiative that provides original artworks to enliven administrative and academic buildings. This exhibition showcases more than 30 recently acquired artworks, including a selection of new favorites created by UW art students. Learn more about this innovative and free program at https://artexchange.wisc.edu/
The artist states;
My name is Juan Mills and I am a 15-year-old sophomore at West High School. I became passionate about art when I was 9 years old and began working with art teacher Shane Quella at Walbridge School. The Dream Big series are pieces that experiment with line, color and movement. I love to draw faces and very detailed design using paint markers, pens, spray paint and acrylics. My high energy and fast-pace work means I create art quickly. I have dyslexia and learning disabilities, which make reading and writing difficult. But it also helps me be creative and artistic. My inspiration comes from the art of Shane Quella, Stefan Matioc, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Pablo Picasso.
Focusing on themes of identity and coming of age, the collection of Silver Gelatin Prints in this exhibition depicts works of self-portraiture and images of family documentation. Directly speaking to growth and evolution, these works resonate by presenting questions about personal identity and navigating one’s sense of self within familial bonds.