The WARM Mentor Program

WARM’s Mentor Program has become nationally known for pairing mentors and protégées in a transformative two year cycle of working together. This year, WARM’s Board and the Mentor Program Coordinators have decided to postpone the usual spring start of the program until the fall. 

During the next few months, our Mentors, Coordinators and Board will be busy working  together to sustain and enhance both our two year program, and to reinvent WARM’s Mentor Intensive Program, giving it a whole new look by adding groups, community and exhibition opportunities.

We will be highlighting the unique experience of our programs via passionate and meaningful dialogue about mentoring on WARM’s Facebook page; new print materials; and events such as Teeny Tiny Art Encounters on April 9 at several Northrup King Building studios, and other programming in partnership with Twin Cities area art centers this summer.

We are so grateful for the generous and energetic support of the WARM community – Thank You!

Mentor Program 2017 Events

APRIL 6 Teeny Tiny Art Talks  5:30 PM – 8:30 pm at Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE,  Studios 391, 394 and 155. Open to all artists and media, we offer a chance to engage in some thoughtful dialogs with WARM Mentors and  to learn about the WARM Mentor Programs.

– Find Mentor Program information at the WARM New Members Exhibit, Southern Theater, May  5-June 1.

AUGUST 17  (Tbursday)  5:30-8:30 pm Roundtable discussion and art making event at Wet Paint,1684 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55015

SEPTEMBER:   Mentor Program Fundraiser during Fall Fine Arts Show, Solar Arts Building, NE Minneapolis, Sept. 16-25. (exact date TBA)

OCTOBER: Exhibition of work by Mentors and their Protégées during the month of October at Dow Art Gallery, 2242 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55114. Reception, artist talks, Mentor Program info. (exact dates TBA).

A Meet the Mentors Event will be held in late October, 2017, date TBA.  At this event, the 2016-2017 Mentors will discuss their mentoring philosophies and show images of their work. Past protégées will be part of a panel presentation. Potential applicants will be able to meet the mentors and to ask questions .

The WARM Mentor Program has two primary components: the two-year Mentor Program and the short-term Mentor Intensive Program. Each offering is designed to meet different needs for women artists, may have different participating Mentors, and has different fees and expectations.

Mentor Program

The WARM Mentor Program is designed for the serious artist who is in the early stages of her career. Each participant is paired with a professional woman artist mentor for a two-year term. For over 30 years mentors have served as role models for their protégées, sharing their wisdom and professional skills and providing supportive critique.

Application period for the 2018-19 WARM Mentor Program will be open July – October 2017.

Find more information about this program here:

Mentor Program Benefits

Mentor Program: Time Commitment and Costs

Mentor Program Stories and Exhibition Catalogs

WARM Mentors for the 2017- 2018 Cycle

Mentor Intensive Program

The WARM Mentor Intensive Program is designed for the serious artist who seeks guidance for a specific project. Each participant is paired with an experienced Mentor for one-on-one, tailored short-term mentoring developed for each artist. Find more information about this program here.



Final Exhibition for 2015-16 Mentor Program

Launching and Landing was held Oct. 1-29 2016 at Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis. Exhibition catalogs are archived on Catalogs and Stories


Thank you to our exhibition sponsors:  Bolger Printing, Chow Girls Killer Catering, Create Catering, Maeve’s Cafe, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Solar Arts.