Approximately a year and a half after moving into its new home at 191 N. Broadway in the city’s Historic Third Ward, the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) has announced the impending opening of its MARN ART + CULTURE HUB. Cool!

“The 5,500 square foot facility features MARN’s own café, conference center, innovation studio and Gallery and Exhibition Hall, equipped with 10′ high modular walls, and high-tech lighting, lending itself to a transformative space fit to host a variety of innovative exhibitions, panel discussions, performances, events and more,” reads a press release.

The hub’s inaugural show, 2020 2.0: A Year In Translation, will feature “63 works from over 50 creatives touching on themes of personal ways of coping, daily rituals, social justice, COVID-19, quarantine, privilege, family, and propaganda.” Works from the virtual exhibit can be viewed (and purchased) until March 21 HERE. An accompanying live virtual event, hosted by Gallery Director Riley Niemack, is set for March 6.

“If what Gallery Director Riley Niemack has been able to accomplish during a global pandemic and construction is any indication of what MARN will be capable of,” says MARN President and CEO Mal Montoya in a press release, “Milwaukee creatives will be at the forefront of growth in a post COVID era.”

MARN was founded in 2002, and is dedicated to “providing artists from all social and economic backgrounds with the resources needed to cultivate a local, sustainable, art practice with the capacity to engage national and international markets.”

Here’s the full press release:


New Arts and Culture Hub Arrives in the Third Ward
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network set to open state-of-the-art exhibition hall

MILWAUKEE, WI — The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) will soon be opening its MARN ART + CULTURE HUB at 191 N. Broadway, in the Historic Third Ward, the traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland where the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present. The 5,500 square foot facility features MARN’s own café, conference center, innovation studio and Gallery and Exhibition Hall, equipped with 10’ high modular walls, and high-tech lighting, lending itself to a transformative space fit to host a variety of innovative exhibitions, panel discussions, performances, events and more.

Although not yet open to the public, MARN is very pleased to announce its inaugural show, 2020 2.0: A Year in Translation, a MARN member virtual exhibition highlighting the bouts of reassessment and rebirth in a year full of tragedy, injustice, and emptiness. Open until March 21, 2021, the show features 63 works from over 50 creatives touching on themes of personal ways of coping, daily rituals, social justice, COVID-19, quarantine, privilege, family, and propaganda. To view the individual works, visit MARN’s MARKETPLACE.

In support of the exhibition: 2020 2.0: A Year in Translation, MARN is excited to present a LIVE virtual event hosted by Gallery Director, Riley Niemack, featuring the works of the inaugural exhibition. Kicking off at 6 p.m. March 6, 2021, the night will include virtual appearances by MARN Team Members as well as other yet to be named surprises. For more information on how to join, visit marnarts.org and MARN’s social media channels.

For nearly 20 years since its founding in 2002, MARN has supported Milwaukee creatives with resources and support for increased visibility and marketability. With the opening of its ART + CULTURE HUB in early 2021, MARN’s President and CEO Mal Montoya looks forward to continued growth of a vibrant arts market and the creative industries sector here in Milwaukee. “If what Gallery Director, Riley Niemack has been able to accomplish during a global pandemic and construction is any indication of what MARN will be capable of, Milwaukee creatives will be at the forefront of growth in a post-COVID era”, Montoya said.

To learn more about MARN’s ART + CULTURE HUB, please visit marnarts.org/art-culture-hub/.

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