New MARNmentors season application open December 21, 2020 through January 4th, 2021.

In 2005, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network developed MARNmentors for visual and literary artists, filmmakers, musicians and arts administrators in order to strengthen the network of support for artists, provide in-depth professional resources and contribute to the health of Wisconsin’s arts community. MARN acts as a liaison between established working artists with a desire to pass on their knowledge and professional experience and emerging artists who are selected as mentees.

MARNmentors is a competitive, season-long artist mentorship program offering emerging artists the opportunity to partner with area established artists to further their artistic practice while engaging in building a career as a working artist. Within these exchanges, mentors help mentees develop project goals and overcome personal barriers that the mentee may identify. The hope is to empower and give accountability to the partnership so that 1) the mentor feels free to give aesthetic, moral and concrete support based on their experience; and 2) the mentee is able to hold themselves accountable to their own goals.

Each pair of mentors and mentees work together for a season; some meet for a few hours each month for critique, others meet weekly for a more in-depth exchange of skills and ideas. At the end of each program cycle, MARNmentors culminates in an exhibition that highlights the professional and personal developments and collaborations between our talented mentors & mentees.


  • Open to artists based in the Greater Milwaukee area.
  • Ideal candidates show promise and dedication to their creative work as a career.
  • Artists are at a moment in which access to a mentor and a supportive environment will be meaningful to their practice and arts career.
  • Artists may NOT be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program or equivalent. (exception made for curatorial)

2021 Mentors

Phyllis Bankier – Photography   
Santiago Cucullu – Painting/Mixed media   
Mutope Johnson – Visual Artist: Painter
Sharon Kerry Harlan – Textiles, Mixed media, Photography
Jessica Laub – Ceramics
Todd Mrozinski – Visual Artist: Drawing/Painting
Carmen Murguia – Spoken Word
Ammar Nsoroma – Muralist, portraitist and mixed media painter
Danielle Paswaters – Curator
Kendall Polster – Sculpture/Welder
Nirmal Raja – Painting & Mixed media
Adam Setala – Graphic Design
Nathaniel Stern – Visual Artist: Video Imaging/Technology
Della Wells – Visual Artist: Mixed Media
Jason Yi – Visual Artist: Multidisciplinary

More detailed info about the mentors can be found here

Important Dates for 2021

January 4 (midnight): Application due
January 11: Mentee selection
January 15: Selected mentees are notified via email
January 28/29: First mentor/mentee meet ups, details worked out by mentor/mentee pairs.

Types of Disciplines

Works on paper, sculpture, painting, photography, new media, installation, ceramics, spoken-word and graphic designers encouraged to apply.
For the Curator mentee we are seeking either a curator or emerging arts administrator that seeks to gain experience in how to curate, manage, promote, and maintain temporary public art that involves community engagement as a key component. Successful candidates will be highly organized and

Program Expectations

MARNmentors serves artists actively in need of career support and arts networking and, selected artists are expected to meet with Mentors for a minimum of 2 hours per month. Mentors and mentees create a flexible schedule based on availability of both parties. Availability for workshops and business one-to-ones as well as networking events and occasionally to share work in progress with peers and participate in group critiques if decided by the team.

NOTE: all meetups are encouraged to be virtual due to the Pandemic. All workshops are planned virtually and we will reevaluate the season plans for in person events only after vaccines become widely available, overall the program will follow all CDC recommendations.

MARN’s organizational mission and vision centers diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to more readily serve Milwaukee creatives. In seeking to more comprehensively serve the Greater Milwaukee Area, we strongly encourage emerging artists from historically excluded populations to apply to the MARNmentors program.

MARN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our organizational costs for the MARNmentors program are roughly $1,000 per participant. In an effort to reduce barriers to participation, MARN has reduced fees for MARNmentors to offer a lowered tuition of $100 to all participants. We are thankful to our supporters for continuing to make this reduced fee possible through their generous financial contributions.

Creative Community

  • Monthly mentor meetings to build meaningful relationships, networks and resources
  • Work with your peers to creatively shape the mentorship according to your needs
  • Gain exposure and expand your audience through MARN’s public programming

Exhibition Opportunities

  • One group final exhibition in a dedicated gallery space
  • MARN marketing support, including press releases, website announcement, social media, and mailings

Professional Development

  • MARNmentors works with you to develop a customized professional development plan based on your vision and personal goals
  • Free access to educational workshops and business consultations
  • One-on-one studio visit opportunities with prominent members of the greater arts community.

MARNmentors Application Open December 21, 2020

Download Application Here

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

NOTICE: MARN continues to monitor statements from Federal, State, and local government officials for information related to this pandemic. The safety of our community is our highest priority and we will employ all appropriate measures to limit the spread of this virus. Until such time comes that public officials have informed us that attendees of large public gatherings are safe, all MARN related public events are held by appointment or virtually. Although we are employing all required safety measures, these are subject to change by public health officials. Attendance registration is required at all MARN related events and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

On behalf of all our Mentors and Mentees thank you to the following supporters:

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This project is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin.