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MARNsalons Application Information


Applications for MARNsalon with Nate Pyper are now open. See his purview statement here.

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 production. We require that you are able to prepare your work for critique so it can be 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. 

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
Monica Miller, artist, Program Coordinator for MARNsalons
Michele St. Amour, MARN Operations Director
Laci Coppins, artist and educator Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC) Executive Director
Neil Gasparka, artist and curator
Shelleen Greene, Associate Professor Area Head, Writing and Critical Thinking, Department of Art and Design, Peck School of the Arts University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Cynthia Henry, owner of AYZHA Fine Arts & Boutique and MARN Advisor
Kantara Souffrant, artist, Manager of School and Teacher Programs, Milwaukee Art Museum
Riley Niemack, artist, Program Assitant for MARNsalons

Please contact the committee at with any questions.

Application Guidelines


Applicants agree to

  • Prepare your studio, exhibition or other project space for professional critique with 4-6 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.
  • 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 space. The artist(s) must be present for the critique.
  • Applicants must be a paid MARN member with an online profile.

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 the lead critic for this moment in your professional development (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 Michele St. Amour, 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)