Twin Cities organizations seek to better connect women to artistic resources

A collaboration between Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota and the Women and Money Project showcases emerging artists, introduces mentor program to newcomers.

Maddy Folstein

There’s an age-old feminist adage that goes something like this: A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. But what is an artist without her tools; without a map of her future or a network of support?

One Minneapolis organization seeks to answer these questions.

Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) is an organization that encourages female artists to find their voices by exhibiting their work. Lucky for University of Minnesota students, WARM is extending its influence to the campus community by collaborating with an art exhibition called the Women and Money Project.

The exhibition, now showing at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery on West Bank, explores how women and money are intrinsically linked and how these connections influence social and economic hierarchies.

The Women and Money Project features WARM events, like an exhibit showcasing WARM artists’ work and an introduction to the mentor program that is vital to the organization’s success.

“In general, the goals of the mentor program are to offer women the opportunity to spend two years working on making better art, [becoming] more powerful women, taking a stand and doing something daring and amazing,” Tina Nemetz, the mentor program co-coordinator at WARM, said.

WARM’s collaborative exhibition with the Women and Money Project opens on Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 1.

The exhibit is called “It’s Personal!” and is aimed at revealing the deeper, hidden links between women and money. All works are the creations of both mentors and protégées in the WARM mentor program.

“When we named [the exhibition] ‘It’s Personal!,’ we didn’t expect that women would be making these tiny, fragile personal pieces,” Nemetz said of the exhibition’s vulnerability.

According to Nemetz, the exhibit’s introduction on Sept. 22 will include “a conversation for people who are interested in the program about what it means to make art a priority in your life and how to set boundaries.”

Artists and art enthusiasts alike can learn something from WARM’s collaboration with the Women and Money Project. For those looking to break into the art world, Nemetz shared an important piece of advice:

“Never be afraid to ask for what you want, even if it sounds silly.”

What: WARM Mentor Program Introduction

When: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Quarter Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis

Cost: Free