MARNmentorship is a competitive one year mentorship program offering emerging artists the opportunity to partner with local established artists to further their artistic practice while engaging in building a career as a working artist.

The goal of the year-long program is to create a vibrating space of potential between a Mentor and Mentee in order to enhance the professional and community development between Mentees.

In mentoring, there is an exchange developed through trust over time. The Mentor digs into their years of knowledge, experience, edifying mistakes, and networks to share and create a space for potential. In this space, the Mentee is safe to question, be vulnerable and open, take risks through materials and ideas, and ultimately learn to develop a rich practice with a sounding board they can return to, lean on, and grow from. This is not a singular exchange, rather there is a reciprocal relationship that enriches both Mentor and Mentee in this joint passion and pursuit through making.

Mentee Definition: An emerging artist who wants to grow, develop, and experiment while having guidance and a consistent advisor. In this mentorship, the mentee is safe to question, be vulnerable and open, take risks through materials and ideas, and ultimately learn to develop a rich practice with a sounding board they can return to, lean on, and grow from.
Mentee candidates must show promise and dedication to their creative work as a career and should be at a moment in their career in which access to a Mentor and a supportive environment will be meaningful to their practice and arts career.

Mentor Definition: Established, working artist committed both to their practice and the Milwaukee art community. The mentor digs into their years of knowledge, experience, edifying mistakes, and networks to share and create a space of potential for the mentee.

On Monday June 20, 2022, the MARNmentorship program hosted a Connection Event at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB, where the Mentors and Mentees met for the first time.

Past MARNmentorship Programs

Since 2007, the MARNmentors program has curated mentorship opportunities for hundreds of Greater Milwaukee – area artists looking to learn from locally established peers.

Browse the ARCHIVE to learn more about past exhibitions and programs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Mentee Program Requirements
  • There is no fee to apply to the 2022-23 MARNmentorship season. 
  • If accepted, Mentee must pay a $100 tuition payment to participate in the program (this can be spread out in 4 payments over the year and there is financial aid if needed). With the tuition payment, Mentee will receive a one year MARN CREATIVE Membership
  • Attendance of “MARNmentorship Connection,” an event where Mentors and Mentees will meet and speed greet for pairings on June 20, 2022 at 6PM at MARN ART + CULTURE HUB.
  • Meet a minimum of 2 hours every month with their Mentor. 
  • Participation in monthly MARN professional development workshops, events, and programming (2+ hours a month).
  • Participation in the Mentor+Mentee exhibition in spring of 2023.
Mentor Program Requirements and Compensation
  • There is no fee to apply to the 2022-23 MARNmentorship season. 
  • Selected Mentors will be paid $1140.00 in 4 installments over the program year as well as receive a one year MARN CREATIVE Membership.  
  • Attendance of “MARNmentorship Connection,” an event where Mentors and Mentees will meet and speed greet for pairings on June 20, 2022 at 6PM at MARN ART + CULTURE HUB.
  • Host a one hour Group Studio Visit where the Mentor shares their studio and practice with the Mentee group. 
  • Meet a minimum of 2 hours every month with their Mentee. 
  • Participation in the Mentor+Mentee exhibition in spring of 2023. 
Professional Development

In addition to Mentor and Mentee pair meetings, the MARNmentorship program offers professional workshops. Themes for workshops include but are not limited to grant writing, artist statement development, business 101, understanding gallery representation, artwork pricing, headshots, portfolio review, field-trips, and documentation of artworks.

MARNmentorship serves artists actively in need of career support and arts networking. Mentors and Mentees are expected to meet for a minimum of 2 hours per month. Mentors and Mentees create a flexible schedule based on availability of both parties. Additional programming through MARN includes workshops, networking events, and peer group critiques as desired by the cohort.

Building Creative Community
  • Monthly Mentor+Mentee meetings are held to build meaningful relationships, networks and resources. 
  • Monthly programming is offered for Mentees to come together with their peers and creatively shape the mentorship according to each of the participants’ needs.
  • Mentee will be invited to studio visits with all participating Mentors to see their practice and to become familiar with all of the cycle’s Mentors.
Exhibition Opportunity

The 2022-2023 MARNmentorship exhibition will be held at MARN ART + CULTURE HUB with marketing support from MARN, including press releases, website announcement, social media, and physical ephemera.

How to Apply

The application period for the MARNmentorship Program is currently closed.

Check our Opportunities for Artists page for the next application cycle.

Further inquiries?

Email Lois@marnarts.org with any of your MARN Program questions.

Hours

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

Hours

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

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