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MARNsalon II Applicant Information


MARNsalon II: Mural Remix with Sandra de la Loza 

Applications due: Wednesday, Feburary 12, 2014 by 12:00 PM

Critiques will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 (exact time TBD)

Roundtable Discussion: Feburary 27/28, 2014 (exact dates and location TBD)

Sandra will be offering a free public lecture as part of UWM's Artists Now! series on Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm at the Arts Center Lecture Hall on the UWM main campus.

Our MARNsalon committee will host the guest critic along with local critics for on-site visits to artist's studios, exhibitions, site-specific installations or other project spaces. The MARNsalon committee can work with you to provide a space for sharing your work for critique if necessary. We seek progressive, professional practices by artists and other cultural workers ready to engage with critique as an important tool for refining work and receiving feedback from a national and international perspective of contemporary prouduction. We require that you are able to prepare your work for critique so it can described or experienced within 15 minutes leaving critics with 45-60 minutes to engage you in thoughtful dialogue. Artists selected for critique will meet with our Program Coordinator for a preparatory studio visit. 

Our MARNsalon II guest critic Sandra de la Loza has expertise in the areas of visual arts, photography, Chicana/o muralism, and social/public practice. She is particularly interested in work that critically investigates questions of power and representation within contemporary political, social, and cultural landscapes and explores the act of history making. We encourage artists to apply with shared interests to de la Loza, though will consider related practices as well.

In addition to the critiques, MARNsalon participants will be invited to a roundtable discussion with the guest and local critics based on the guest critic's purview.

MARNSalon Committee
Sara Daleiden, director, MKE<->LAX, and MARN Board Treasurer
Shelleen Greene, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Writing and Critical Thinking, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and MARN advisor
Cynthia Henry, gallery owner, AYZHA FINE ARTS Gallery and Boutique, and MARN Board Vice-President
Monica Miller, artist, and MARNsalon Program Coordinator

Please contact the committee at with further questions.

Application Guidelines


Applicants agree to

  • Prepare your studio, exhibition or other project space for professional critique with 5-6 critics including guest critic. The MARNsalon committee can work with you to provide a space for sharing your work for critique if necessary.
  • Prepare work for critique that can be described or experienced within 15 minutes so critics will have 45-60 minutes to engage the artist with critical dialogue.
  • Submit artist statement, bio, headshot and work sample image for MARN public relations purposes
  • Attend roundtable discussion with audio recording 
  • Attend follow-up critique and discussion with MARNsalon committee

Who can apply:

  • All artists open to professional critique are welcome to apply, however, undergraduate students must be in their senior year.
  • Curators, gallerists, directors or other project leaders may apply on behalf of the artist(s) they work with for an exhibition or other project spac. The artist(s) must be present for the critique.
  • Applicants must be a paid MARN member with an online profile. (visit

How to apply:

  • Link to your profile with at least 5 samples of current work
  • Your phone number
  • Your e-mail address
  • A one-paragraph statement about why you desire critique with a guest critic for this moment in your professional develompent (maximum 150 words)

Profiles with portfolios are a benefit of membership. If you are not currently a MARN member, please visit If you require assistance in building your profile, please contact Maggie Sasso, MARN Operations Director at Applicants are reviewed by the MARNsalon committee and selected based on the quality of work, readiness for critique and the professionalism of the application. Applications that do not follow the specified guidelines for formatting and content will not be considered. 

Applicants will be notified via e-mail.

Your Name:*
link to your profile
(150 words)