Coming to the new Fox Communities Exhibition Center opening in 2017, We Are Here is a installation by artist Rob Neilson intended to showcase the faces of the Fox Cities. Over the coming months, they will be traveling throughout the Fox Cities, coming to local events to photograph the faces of our communities. We are looking for people willing to showcase the diversity of the community. Kaukauna residents will have the opportunity to participate in the project on November 22nd between 9a-12p at the Library. For more information on the project, please visit: https://www.weareherefoxcities.com/.
Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton Distinguished Professor of Art and Associate Professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Born and raised in Detroit, he received a BFA in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies. A professional artist since earning his MFA in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rob has exhibited his sculpture, installations, and drawings at galleries, museums, and alternative spaces nationally and internationally.
Neilson has created public art commissions throughout the United States, including projects in California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, and North Carolina. In 2006 Rob completed a 6-month residency at the Kohler Arts/Industry program where he fabricated 54 iron castings for a public art project commissioned by the Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority.
Equal parts artist and educator, Rob has been a visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Virginia Tech University and Longwood University (Virginia), Dickinson College (Pennsylvania), Millikin University (Illinois) and California State University.