by Alis Olsen
WARM was established in 1973 by a group of women artists who found themselves underrepresented in the art world–in gallery exhibitions, as professors in academia, and in art history books. Created as a cooperative, WARM members supported one another in order to bring women to the forefront of their local art community.
The WARM Mentor Program, founded in 1982, is a supportive resource that pairs emerging and professional women artists for two years. WARM also provides the WARM Mentor Intensive Program, a goal- or project-based program open to all artists seeking a one-on-one mentorship for a period lasting one to three months.
In 1976, WARM opened a gallery in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. This gallery space provided opportunities for women artists to exhibit work which explored otherwise taboo subjects around sex and gender. Throughout its existence, the gallery held many highly successful and visible exhibitions of work by WARM artists and nationally recognized women artists. Since then, WARM, with the support of volunteers has continued to offer exhibition and programming to meet the changing needs of women artists.