What Is MARNsalons?

MARNsalons is a professional development program for artists, curators, critics and cultural workers in related disciplines. MARN brings national and international curators and critics to Milwaukee for MARNsalons, a series of in-depth engagements with members of the local arts community. Guest curators and critics provide a critical purview focused on contemporary art and curatorial experimentation for public consideration. This purview guides a roundtable discussion, juried critiques, public events, site visits and a presence on MARN’s website. Each guest curator/critic’s experience is highly crafted, offering them insight on the bounty of the Milwaukee arts community, and is meant to stimulate increasing visibility of Milwaukee-based artists on a national and international scale. 

MARNsalons are organized by a committee comprised of MARN board members, advisors and staff. Advisors from leading local arts institutions are engaged for ideas and feedback on various aspects of the program. The MARNsalon committee performs an annual process to research and vet visiting curators and critics. Collaboration is sought with local arts institutions to deepen the pool of visiting curators/critics and to expand the visit for more public interaction where possible. Previous visitors have included Tameka Norris, Nate Pyper, Michelle Grabner, Irene Tsatsos, Pedro Velèz, Marty Pottenger, Anne Bray, Astria Suparak, Lisa Dent, Wilhelm van Rensberg, and Pamela Fraser. 

Learn about the 2021 MARNsalon season here.

General Information

4 Studio/Workspace Visits (applications from MARNmembers only, become a member) Participants in the Studio/Workspace Visits will also participate in the Final Exhibit at the end of the season.
4 Portfolio Reviews
(applications from MARNmembers only, become a member) Prepare 5-7 images to be reviewed by the local critic. The artist will receive feedback on how to effectively and strategically create a portfolio to be used for potential submissions and applications
Public Workshop,
presented by the Guest Artist, social media notices will be posted
Roundtable Discussion,
including public and MARNmembers

A Final Exhibit will conclude the Salon season.

Monday – 2 Virtual Studio Tours/2 Virtual Portfolio Reviews (taking place between 10am and 5pm, times to be decided with the Program Coordinator) – members only
Tuesday – 2 Virtual Studio Visits/2 Virtual Portfolio Reviews (taking place between 10am and 5pm, times to be decided with the Program Coordinator) – members only
Wednesday – Virtual Workshop, either 12-1pm or 7-8pm, open to the public (MARN will give advance notice of meeting time prior to opening for signup.)
Thursday – Virtual Roundtable Discussion, 6-7:30pm public/member event, limited capacity

All MARNmembers are eligible to SUBMIT AN APPLICATION to participate in Studio/Workspace Visits and Portfolio Reviews. Not a member? Become one!

We thank the Bader Foundation and the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for their generous support to make the 2021 MARNsalon series possible.

Access past MARNsalons in our Archive


Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00PM
Monday 10:00 AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 8:00PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00PM

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