Education

MFA, The New York Academy of Art, cum laude, 2003

BA, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 1995, double major, Studio Art and Education, English minor

The University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, Studio art program, 1993

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibits

2017

Salvage and Sky, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI

2016

Pastoral Testimony, Latino Arts, Milwaukee, WI

2015

World Without End, Edgewood College, Madison, WI

Two Person Exhibit, Craig Clifford and Rafael Francisco Salas, James Watrous Gallery, Madison, WI

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, A solo exhibit in two parts, in collaboration with Portrait Society Gallery and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI

2014

The Long Way Home, mural project, Ripon, WI

2013

Connections, Jin ManJo and Rafael Francisco Salas, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI

You’re Invisible Now, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2012

Lucid Dreams Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2009

Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Paintings by Rafael Francisco Salas, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI

Rafael Francisco Salas: Recent Paintings and Drawings, Edgewood College, Madison, WI

2008

Magic and Power: Eddy Dominguez and Rafael Francisco Salas ,Carlston Art Gallery, UW Stevens Point, WI

2007

Substituting Emptiness, Latino Arts, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

2006

Weary Memory, Caestecker Gallery, Ripon, WI

2005

A Selection of Paintings and Drawings by Rafael Perez and Rafael Francisco Salas, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY

2004

The University of Wisconsin, Waukesha

2003

Interiors (Dwellings), Chashama Gallery, NYC

Selected Group Exhibits

2017

Group exhibit, ArtStart, Rhinelander, WI, Summer 2017

In The Wake, Feather and Bone Gallery, Appleton, WI

2016

Super Natural: Myth and Reality in Wisconsin Contemporary Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

Luck of the Draw (Vol.1), The Bubbler, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

Indiana Green, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

2015

Light, Usable Space Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

45 North, Thelma Summer Invitational Exhibit, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI

2014

45 North, Thelma Summer Invitational Exhibit, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI

WisconsinCity, ArtStart Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

Indiana Green, Frank Juarez Gallery, Cedarburg Cultural Centre, Cedarburg, WI

2013

Connections, Jin ManJo and Rafael Francisco Salas, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI

Indiana Green, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

The Personal is Political: Martha Wilson and MKE, Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Three Person Exhibit, Our Visible World, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

2012

AQUA Art Miami, represented by Circa Gallery

Works on Paper, EffJay Projekts, Sheboygan, WI

The Academy Strikes Back, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY

Daychola Gallery, Green Lake, WI

Indiana Green, EffJay Projekts, Sheboygan, WI

Obscura, EffJay Projekts, Sheboygan, WI

2011

67th Art Annual, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI

Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI

Crossroads: Art on 27th and Wells, Presented by Avenues West Association and the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette

University, Featuring Hans Gindlesberger, Rafael Francisco Salas, Michael Velliquette, Rina Yoon

2010

Revisiting Landscape: The Natural and the Artificial, Horicon Marsh International Education Center, Horicon, WI

Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Art Perchance, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Vault Series, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2009

The Intimate Page, Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Big Big Bangs, Small Small Bucks, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Personal Culture: New Art From Latin Americans, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

2008

Reforming US: Immigration Through Art, Crown Center Gallery of Loyola University, Chicago, IL

2007

Submission Show, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006

Contemporary Works on Paper, Barrow and Juarez Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Risky Business, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY

From There to Here, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Caestecker Gallery, Ripon, WI

2004

Poignant, 4 person show, A-Space Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Art See, Sotheby’s, NYC

2003

The Exquisite Corpse, Undecided Space, Iowa City, IA

Girl’s Room, Rhode Island School of Design/ Crescent Moon Galleries

2002

360 Degrees, Brooklyn, NY

The Figure in Context, Lawrence and Josephine C. Wilkinson Gallery, NYC

Pork Chop: A Group Show, Lawrence and Josephine C. Wilkinson Gallery, NYC

2001

From The Ashes, Art at C.U.A.N.D.O., NYC

A Likeness: Re-Examinations of the Contemporary Portrait, Orbit Gallery, St. Paul, MN, 2001

Collections

Ripon Historical Society, Ripon, WI

Ripon College, Ripon, WI

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Press

2016

Salas Paints Rural Life from the Inside, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12.30.16

Wisconsin Native Rafael Salas on Art and Identity, Radio Interview with Bonnie North on Lake Effect, WUWM, 12.20.16

Rafael Francisco Salas: New Solo Exhibit, Superstition Review, 11.27.16

Then/Now Exhibit opens July 1, Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI, 2016

2015

Juror Explains Method, Action Advertiser, 11.04.15

Art City Asks: Rafael Francisco Salas, Karin Wolf, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08.12.15

Rafael Francisco Salas Interview, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Rachel Bruya, 06.15.15

On View: Fragments/Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, Robyn Norton, The Wisconsin State Journal, 05.10.15

Francisco Salas at Portrait Society and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts: Family and formative art experiences in two-gallery exhibit, Kat Murrell, The Shepherd Express, 04.22.15

Gallery Night & Day: ‘Wasted Days’ among shows mixing mediums, themes, Mary Louise   Schumacher, cover story, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04.17.15

All About Identity: Unusual joint exhibition at two Milwaukee galleries offers the nostalgic work of Rafael Francisco Salas, Richard Davis, Urban Milwaukee, 04.10.15

2014

2014 Whitney Biennial in New York features some Wisconsin artists, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.05.14

Downtown Mural Dedicated, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 10.09.14

Column was inartfully conceived, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 09.10.14

Artist: Downtown mural portrays idealism, sadness, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 09.03.14

Column on mural was rude, disappointing, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 09.03.14

Downtown mural helps provoke dialogue, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 09.03.14

Don’t understand mural? You’re not listening, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 09.03.14

Mural’s artist should be a point of pride, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 09.03.14

Critic Becker: Everyman art critic or aesthetic simpleton?, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 08.28.14

Professor painting mural downtown, Ripon Commonwealth Press, 05.22.14

ArtStart will reopen with city art exhibit, Star Journal, 03.13.14

2013

RAC Exhibit all about ‘Connections’, Stevens Point Journal, 09.18.13

Juarez Gallery hosts ‘Indiana Green 2013’ exhibition, Sheboygan Press, 07.31.13

2012

Dean Jensen and the Art of Reinvention, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12.14.12

Indiana Green’ exhibit opens Saturday, Sheboygan Press, 04.19.12

Obscura Features works by Hispanic Artists, Sheboygan Press, 03.22.12

2011

Coming and going: Art at the “Crossroads”, Third Coast Digest, 06.22.11

Crossroads’ exhibition heads to community, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06.13.11

2009

Rafael Salas, One of the States more Interesting Artists, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10.08.09

Psyche and Paint: Exhibitions by Katie Musolff and Rafael Francisco Salas, Third Coast Digest, 09.17.09

Gallery to feature Professor’s Portraits, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09.04.09

Seepy Scenes, Milwaukee Magazine, 07.09

Rafael F. Salas En el Museo Neville de Green Bay, El Hispano, 04.24.09

Transitioning Cultures, Shepherd Express, 03.09.09

Globe Trotters, Milwaukee Magazine, 01.09

Exhibits add Color to Winter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01.08.09

2007

Romancing Memory, Shepherd Express, 09.13.07

‘Emptiness’ fills Latino Arts, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09.04.07

Pitch Your Show, Milwaukee Magazine, 09.07

On the Town, The New York Sun, 08.17.06

Coming Home, Ripon Commonwealth, 02.22.06

Brooklyn Artist Exhibits Works at UW Waukesha, News from UW Waukesha , 11.11.05

2001

Bearable Likeness of Being, Star Tribune, 06.08.01

Writing

2017

Cecilia Condit ponders extinction in video fable at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 03.27.17

Do Ho Suh stitches the fabric of home and memory, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02.27.17

Stonehouse, Kao combine quirks in playful ‘Hair Club,’ The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,  01.23.17

2016

Chris Larson explores thresholds at the Ski Club, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12.19.16

Jeanette Mundt’s “Beggars Thieves Faeries and Whores,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11.16.16

Kohler Exhibits map “Escape Routes,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11.04.16

Rineke Dijkstra’s subjects elicit empathy, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09.30.16

Audubon bird prints offer fresh view of genius, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08.26.216

‘Drawing’ still a powerful medium, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08.05.16

Picks for July Gallery Night and Day, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07.21.16

Artists offer fresh view of objects at Chipstone’s Fox Point campus, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07.16.16

Claire Stigliani cracks open fairy tales to expose their darkness, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06.30.16

Jason Yi fashions pieces of a world in ‘Terraform’, 06.10.16

William Kentridge, beautiful and unbearable at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04.22.16

Barrickman in the clouds at Green Gallery, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04.22.16

Lynn Tomaszewski exhibit explores human interaction, social conditions, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.18.16

Katie Musolff finds color in riverside flora, fauna and flotsam, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.11.16

Tom Berenz’ broken memories at Thelma, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.11.16

Tom Berenz: Workingman Blue, cover article, Wisconsin People and Ideas, the magazine for the

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, winter issue 2016.

Stella’s prints reflect breadth of his experimentation, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02.19.16

2015

With incredible skill, Fred Stonehouse embraces the weird, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12.04.15

Tyson Reeder is in love at The Green Gallery, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10.23.15

Humble and auspicious, Irish painter Fergus Feehily is inaugural show at The Suburban, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10.15.15

Wilde’s Wildes on Display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07.15.15

Nathaniel Stern’s “Giverny of the Midwest” makes U.S. Debut, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07.14.15

Exploring human influence on the earth through an artistic lens, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05.27.15

Haggerty Museum Explores ‘States of Uncertainty,’ The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04.13.15

2014

Art City’s Favorite Experiences of 2014, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12.31.14

Contributors respond to NEA chairwoman Jane Chu’s visit, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11.10.14

‘Postcards from America’ delivers engaging personal views of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10.02.14

Art City Explores Space: Sacred Spaces, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09.24.14

Kohler’s artist-in-residence program a remarkable success, with room to grow, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07.03.14

‘Magic Mud’ at Racine Art Museum a must during NCECA, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.21.14

2013

Review: ‘The Beast Within’ at Tory Folliard’, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08.02.13

Identity Amid Crisis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06.13.13

Makers in Print, an International Showcase of Art, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.20.13

2012

Review: Peter Barrickman at the Green Gallery, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12.14.12

2011

Essay, The Memory of a House: Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, in States of Matter, by Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, 06.11

Gallery Night Pick From Rafael Francisco Salas, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04.11.11

Metaphors Burn Brightly at Lynden Sculpture Garden, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.28.11

Review: Mark Anthony at the Haggerty, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01.28.11

Gallery Night Pick from Rafael Salas, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01.20.11

2010

Review: Charles Dwyer at Caggio, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11.24.10

Review: “Animal Instinct” at the Kohler ,The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10.29.10

Reeder still offering sly twists, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10.31.10

Review: “Sailing the Barbarous Coast” at WPCA, Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07.06.10

To See Ourselves as Others See Us at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06.18.10

Theaster Gates at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05.06.10

Gallery Night Picks: Rafael Francisco Salas, Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04.12.10

Lack of Aesthetic Muscle in UWM Show,  Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03.29.10

MIAD Show Looks at Cultures, Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 14, 2010

2009

The Haggerty’s 25th Anniversary show unfolds in pairs, Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12.16.09

That Old Time Religion and Andy Warhol’s Last Decade, Art City, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11.06.09

The Earnest Face of the Contemporary Portrait, paper presentation, CAA Conference, Los Angeles, CA, published for the Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 02.09

Professional Experience

Teaching

Associate Professor or Art, Ripon College, Ripon WI, 2006-

Department Chair, 2009-2012, Ripon College

Adjunct Instructor, Drawing and 2D Design, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, 2005-2006

Adjunct Instructor, Drawing, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2006

Full Time Instructor, Drawing and Illustration, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY, 2004

Dreamyard, Collaborative Arts Curriculum in New York City Public Schools, 2003-2004

Head Teacher, Native Arts Workshop, Thoreau, NM, 1994, 1997, 2003

Lecture Series, New York City Elder Hostel/ Museums, NYC, 1999-2003

Drawing and Painting Instructor, West Side YMCA, NYC, 1999-2000

Artist in Residence, Belen Elementary, Belen, NM, 1997

State Certified Art Educator, K-12, Minneapolis Public Schools, MN, 1996-1999

Gallery/Curatorial Experience

Guest Curator, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI

Prehistory: Emerging Art From Ripon College, 2017

Director, 314: A Ripon College Project Space, arts incubator for Ripon College and Community

Gallery Director, Caestecker Center for the Arts, Ripon College, 2008-2011, 2014-2017

Jeremy Wineberg, Nowhere Dreams, 2017

Nina Bednarski, Otherlands, 2017

John Hitchcock, Beads Bombs and Buffalo!, 2016

Rob Neilson, Authority Figures, 2016

Brandon Bauer, Landscapes of Absence, 2016

Jessica Caldewood, Fictitious Florals, 2016

David Giffey, Windows, 2015

Scott Strazzante, Common Ground, 2015

Jessica O’Hearn, Found, 2015

Trina May Smith, Signifiers and Imposters, 2015

Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, A Tenuous Framework, 2014

Gina Litherland, Fables and Apparitions, 2014

Lacy Criswell and Amanda Hankerson, From Sturgis to Testy Festy: Photographing Ephemeral Communities, 2011

Melissa Cooke, lost inside you, 2011

Mollie Oblinger, deleterious ensconsing, 2010

Colin Matthes, Making Do, 2010

Zach Mory, Drawings, 2010

Lydia Diemer, Profits and Castaways: Prints by Lydia Diemer, 2009

The Quick: Contemporary Reflections of the Human Figure, 2008

Lectures and Presentations

Sheboygan North High School, 11.20.15

Edgewood College, Madison, WI, 10.20.15

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, Artist Lecture, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI, 04.15

Sabbatical Presentation, Landscape, Abstract and Figurative Traditions: New Investigations, Ripon College, 09.17.13

You’re Invisible Now, Summer Heritage Lecture Series, Ripon College, Green Lake Town Hall, Green Lake, WI, 07.12

The Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, 01.13

You’re Invisible Now, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 03.13

Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 04.06.12

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, hosted by Prof. Raoul Deal, 05.12.10

Methods, Material and Influence ,hosted by Prof. Raoul Deal, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 10.10

The Earnest Face of the Contemporary Portrait, paper presentation, CAA Conference,

Los Angeles, CA, published for the Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 02.09

The University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, 11.04

Service Projects

Juror, call for solo artists, James Watrous Gallery, with artist Katie Reis and Paul Douglas, 03/25/17

Art Instruction Group, Fox Lake Correctional Institution, 2011-2016

Guest Critic, Members Exhibit, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI, 2016

Judge, Winnebagoland Art Fair, Oshkosh, WI, 2016

Guest Critic, Members Exhibit, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI, 2016

Mural Project, The Long Way Home, painted in downtown Ripon, 2014

Service Learning Project, painting, Maplecrest Retirement Community, Ripon WI, 2014

Judge, Green Lake Art Fair, Green Lake, WI 2010-2013

Grants and Awards

2016

Margaret Rahill Memorial Award, Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, juried exhibit, Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

Conference Participation Grant, Ripon College

2015

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

Conference Participation Grant, Ripon College

2014

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

Presenter’s Grant, Ripon College

14 for ’14 grant, awarded to create a mural project in downtown Ripon, Ripon College

2013

Sabbatical Research Semester, Ripon College

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

Conference Participation Grant, Ripon College

2012

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

Presenter’s Grant, Ripon College

Trustees Grant, Ripon College

2011

Residency, Vermont Studio Center

2009

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

Special allocation funding for exhibits at Portrait Society Gallery and Kohler Arts Center, Ripon College

2008

Conference Presenter’s Grant, Ripon College

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

2007

Conference Participation Grant, Ripon College

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College

2006

Conference Participation Grant, Ripon College

Artistic Research Grant, Ripon College