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2021 MARNsalons

2021 MARN SALONS

The application window for Salon 1 is open 
December 28th through January 11.

Further info and Application page

Salon 1
Monday February 1 – Thursday February 4, 2021
Guest Artist/Critic - Soraya Milla (read her purview here)
Local Critic- Reynaldo Hernandez
Roundtable Moderator - Mary Louise Schumacher

Salon 2
Monday April 12 – Thursday April 15, 2021
Guest Artist/Critic  - Shawana Brooks (read her purview here)
Local Critic - Portia Cobb
Roundtable Moderator - Kantara Souffrant

Salon 3
Monday June 7 – Thursday June 10. 2021
Guest Artist/Critic – Nuttaphol Ma
Local Critic - Anika Kowalik
Roundtable Moderator - Beth A. Zinsli

Final Exhibit: September 24 – Nov 2, 2021  (Final Exhibit will include the artists who have had Studio Visits and take place at the MARN location at 191 N Broadway.)

General timeline for each Salon week of events is:
Monday – Virtual Studio Tours/Virtual Portfolio Reviews (taking place between 10am and 5pm, times to be decided with the Program Coordinator) - members only
Tuesday – Virtual Studio Visits/Virtual Portfolio Reviews (taking place between 10am and 5pm, times to be decided with the Program Coordinator) - members only
Wednesday – Workshop (virtual) 7-8pm open to the public
Thursday – Roundtable Discussion (virtual) 6-7:30pm public/member event, limited capacity

MARNSALON I GUEST CRITIC: SORAYA MILLA


Soraya Milla is a French film maker, of Benino-Cameroonian origin. Soraya Milla grew up between France and Ivory Coast. She studied in Performing Arts at the University of Paris X, with training as a director at the IAD and masters of production at the INA in Paris. She has traveled to Milwaukee in 2017.
View a purview statement.

https://www.sorayamilla.com/
https://www.apresjosephine.com/news/soraya-milla-healing-through-film

https://www.instagram.com/sorayamilla_/?hl=en
https://www.facebook.com/soraya.em.9

Click here to APPLY for MARNsalon I with Soraya Milla

LOCAL CRITIC: REYNALDO HERNANDEZ
Reynaldo is a community muralist, art educator and teacher.

https://mkemuralmap.com/reynaldo-hernandez/
https://www.latinoartsinc.org/past-exhibits/2019/reynaldo-hernandez-50-years-of-art-cultural-diversity/
https://www.facebook.com/Reynaldo-Hernandez-524224620965538/

ROUNDTABLE MODERATOR: MARY LOUISE SCHUMACHER

https://niemanreports.org/authors/mary-louise-schumacher/
https://www.jsonline.com/staff/2646794001/mary-louise-schumacher/
https://www.instagram.com/marylouises/?hl=en

MARNSALON II GUEST CRITIC: SHAWANA BROOKS


Shawana Brooks (1979, Vallejo, California) is a literary artist and avid public speaker for her various roles as a curator focused on the relationship between artists and their communities. Her artistic expression revolves around personal storytelling fused to issues of social justice; from medical and maternal concern to civic engagement. She is the founder of a public arts agency who works to amplify Black Artists and other diverse voices through representation and storytelling. Brooks' works to break the barriers and her work has been highlighted in the national media (NPR, Morning Edition)

She was selected as the first official curator for the Jacksonville Public Library, City of Jacksonville. Recognized by her peers, she received the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Robert Arleigh White Award for Artist Advocacy, the first Black person to win the award (2018) and a short two years made history again winning the council's highest honor, the Helen Lane Founder Award(2020).
View a purview statement.

https://www.visitjacksonville.com/travel-tools/meet-the-visit-jacksonville-ambassadors/meet-visit-jax-ambassador-shawana-brooks/
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/868469807/the-six-feet-away-museum-in-florida-becomes-place-for-discussions-on-race-justic
https://voidlive.com/influencers-shawana-brooks/
https://www.instagram.com/shawanabrooks/?hl=en
https://www.facebook.com/shawana.brooks

LOCAL CRITIC: PORTIA COBB
Portia Cobb is a video artist and producer of short experimental documentary whose videos and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Although trained as a filmmaker, she began using video because of its accessibility and immediacy in the field. Her work often investigates the politics of place and identity. Through her continuing documentation of urban and rural communities in America and West Africa, she draws upon memory and history "as a means of confronting forced movement and forgetting." Portia serves as director of the Community Media Project, an arts outreach program of the Film, Video, Animation and New Genres Department, teaching video production workshops for at-risk teens and media literacy for high school teachers. She also curates and administers two public screening programs: "Africa Beyond," and the "Producers’ Forum." Currently, she is teaching courses in Ethnographic Video Production and Radical Black Film.

https://portiacobb.com/portia-cobb
https://uwm.edu/arts/directory/cobb-portia/

ROUNDTABLE MODERATOR: KANTARA SOUFFRANT
Kantara Souffrant is a first-generation Haitian-American artist-scholar. She is a visual-storyteller who uses sculptures, voice, poetry and movement to weave her performances. Her approach to art creation is informed by her studies of African Diasporic faith and spiritual practices in which spiritual/ritual practices, performance, art creation, and communal transformation are inseparable. She is the Curator of Community Dialogue at Milwaukee Art Museum.

https://kantarasouffrant.wordpress.com/about/
https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/souffrant-milwaukee-art-museum

MARNSALON III GUEST ARTIST: NUTTAPHOL MA


Nuttaphol Ma’s multidisciplinary works connect seemingly disconnected notes from unfolding everyday moments with patterns from his subconscious, dreams, and past to compose stories about longing, loss, memory, survival, and the labor of adapting to a new home. They are presented in varying forms including installations, participatory workshops, and public interventions through performances. Ephemera are recorded as artist books, zines, essay films, and storytelling.

Ma has participated in selected exhibition spaces that include The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Human Resources,18th Street Art Center, The Armory Center for the Arts, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. He has given artist talks and led workshops nationally including Otis College of Art and Design, University of New Mexico, Mills College, Open Engagement Conference at Carnegie Mellon University, and Pitzer College.

Ma has received generous support from the following fellowships and residencies: The Fulcrum Fund Award, a grant program of 516ARTS made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation, The Wurlitzer Residency, The Santa Fe Art Institute Thematic Residency on Immigration, The Mountain School of Arts, The UCLA Confucius Institute and Boethius Institute Dunhuang Projected Artist Fellow, The California Community Foundation Fellowship, The Feitelson Art Fellowship, Pitzer College Emerging Artist Fellow and 18th Street Art Center Artist Fellow.

https://nuttaphol.com/
https://nuttaphol.wordpress.com/
https://www.instagram.com/thechinaoutpost/
https://contemptorary.org/the-fuck-you-poetics-of-nuttaphol-ma/

LOCAL CRITIC: ANIKA KOWALIK
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kowalik had the experience of living in many neighborhoods in Milwaukee, exposing them to the unique way that racism historically has shaped the city today. After attending Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for their BFA in printmaking ‘17; Kowalik would utilize the language of printmaking and expand outside of its traditional two dimensional form. They use their personal experiences as a young black femme to explore the depths of generational and systematic oppression to create works that record their own history. As a person who is a part of a marginalized group, it is vital to unpack the truth through many facets of documentation. Kowalik finds it easier to communicate these personal experiences through materiality, expanding beyond the physical body we commonly search for and traditional forms of expression.
Kowalik’s current practice revolves around black joy and comfort while unintentionally nodding at the melancholy of existing in black skin.

https://www.anikakowalik-artist.com/
https://www.instagram.com/anikakowalikartist/

ROUNDTABLE MODERATOR: BETH A. ZINSLI
Beth holds a Ph. D. in art history from UW-Madison. She is an assistant professor of art history at Lawrence University, Appleton and she is the director for the Museum Studies interdisciplinary area.

https://blogs.lawrence.edu/profiles/2020/04/07/on-main-hall-green-with-beth-zinsli-excelling-in-the-art-of-engagement/
https://www.lawrence.edu/academics/study/art/art_history/faculty