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A Public Service Of Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

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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 open.

2019/2020 MARNmentors

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 17 Mentors with 21 Mentees for the 2018/2019 program!

Here are our 2019/2020 MARN mentors:

Pamela Anderson - Interdisciplinary Arts
Phyllis Bankier – Photography    
Santiago Cucullu – Painting/MixedMedia   
Janelle Gramling – Ceramics    
Nikki Janzen – Spoken Word/Poet    
Mutope Johnson - Visual Artist/Painter 
Maureen Kane - Graphic Design
Sharon Kerry-Harlan - Multidisciplinary Arts
Jessica Laub – Ceramics
Todd Mrozinski - Drawing and Painting
Daniella Paswaters - Curatorial
Nirmal Raja - Painting & Mixed media
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 following supporters:


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin.