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MARN Mentors

MARNmentors pairs an established and emerging artist in a year long mentorship. Within these exchanges, mentors help mentees develop project goals and overcome personal barriers that the mentee may identify. The hope is to empower and give accountability to the partnership so that 1) the mentor feels free to give aesthetic, moral and concrete support based on their experience; and 2) the mentee is able to hold themselves accountable to their own goals.

MARNmentors application for mentees is now closed, please check back in mid 2019.

In the mean time plan to attend our MARNmentors 2018/19 Final Exhibit coming up


Friday Feb 1st

Redline Gallery 1422 Vel R Phillips Ave Milwaukee WI

2018/2019 MARN Mentors

In 2005, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network developed MARNmentors for visual and literary artists, filmmakers, composers and arts administrators in order to strengthen the network of support for artists, provide in-depth professional resources and contribute to the health of Wisconsin's arts community. MARN acts as a liaison between established working artists with a desire to pass on their knowledge and professional experience to emerging artists who are selected as MARNmentees. MARN was proud to partner 11 Mentors with 13 Mentees for the 2016/2017 program!

Here are our 2018/2019 MARN mentors:

Phyllis Bankier – Photography    
Thea Kovac – Visual Artist    
Christopher Crain – Musician/Composer   
Santiago Cucullu – Painting/MixedMedia   
Michael Davidson – Painting    
Melissa Dorn Richards – Painting/Sculpture  
Janelle Gramling – Ceramics    
Niki Janzen – Spoken Word/Poet    
Mutope Johnson - Visual Artist/Painter 
Maureen Kane - Graphic Design
aryn kresol - Curatorial
Jessica Laub – Ceramics
Nirmal Raja - Painting & Mixed media
Nathaniel Stern - Visual Artist: Video Imaging/ Technology
Richard Taylor - Painting/Sculpture
Della Wells - Visual Artist: Mixed Media
Jason Yi - Visual Artist: Multidisciplinary

Each pair of mentors and mentees work together for one year; some meet for a few hours each month for critique, others meet weekly for a more in-depth exchange of skills and ideas. At the end of each program cycle, MARNmentors culminates in an exhibition that highlights the professional and personal developments and collaborations between our talented mentors & mentees.

Thank you to the Brico Fund and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for their generous support to make 2018/2019 MARNmentors possible!