Application Information

Applications are currently closed while we redesign the program. Please check back in Summer of 2020 for updates.

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 Advisory Committee

Nina Ghanbarzadeh, artist, Program Coordinator for MARNsalons

Michele St. Amour, artist, MARN Director of Programming

Helene Fischman, social practice and mixed-media artist. interested in the performance of identity in cross-disciplinary collaboration. She received a 2018 Puffin Foundation grant for her Milwaukee artist collective “Draw Write Here!”, who travel throughout the city exploring the cultural landscape, creating work which results in improvised performances and printed journals. She is currently partnering with DIY Chamber Music and 53212 Presents and is a 2020 artist in residence at NŌ Studios. She is a Mixed media artist, photographer, leader, educator working with teens and young adults. She is also the Creative director of Draw Write Here!

Rose Curley, interdisciplinary artist and creative non-fiction writer. She was the recipient of Mary Nohl Fellowship for Emerging Artists in 2016. She is currently an adjunct professor in New Studio Practice at MIAD.

Katie Avila Loughmiller, interdisciplinary social practice artist. Co-founder of LUNA (Latinas Unidas eN Ias Artes). She serves as the Arts Project Coordinator for the Milwaukee Public Library. She is also a founding member of Heard Space and also a founding member of We Heard We’re Funny, a multimedia performance arts collective based in Milwaukee.

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 Director of Programming 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.