Women's Art Institute (Studio Art Site)



Women's Art Institute (Studio Art Site)


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Since 1999, the Women's Art Institute has been inspiring women artists of all ages and backgrounds to make transformative work in a context of community and art history during the month of June. Artists bring their questions about contemporary women's imagery and studio practice to the Summer Studio Intensive, where they delve deeply into creativity and conversation. The Department of Art and Art History of St. Catherine University presents this innovative and rigorous course that focuses on issues and art that arise through the combination of open studio work, intense individual tutoring, inspiring conversation and critiques, and presentations from guest artists, critics and art historians. It is co-sponsored with Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

This intensive four-week studio program is designed for individuals who have mastered basic skills and now wish to pursue deeper levels of understanding and expression in their work. Disciplines explored include painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, digital art, installation and performance. Participants will have all-day access to the large, sunlit studios and shop facilities of the Visual Arts Building. The Institute is in session Monday through Friday with several evening presentations.

Read more about how the Women's Art Institute came to St. Kate's.

The 2015 Summer Studio Intensive of the Women’s Art Institute runs June 8 – July 2, 2015. The deadline for applications as well as applications for scholarship funding is May 4, 2015. For an application brochure and more information, contact wai@stkate.edu.

Goals for the course include:

  • gaining insights into the work of contemporary women artists
  • achieving philosophical, aesthetic and historical knowledge that will help you define your goals as a woman artist
  • providing opportunities for intensive studio work and individual tutoring, with critique emphasizing intention, form, content and context
  • developing a portfolio of work based on group discussion and individual questions


Application forms for the upcoming Summer Studio Intensive of the Women's Art Institute will be available beginning January 2015. The deadline for applications to the June 2015 program as well as applications for scholarship funding will be the end of April 2015. For more information, please contact Patricia Olson, Director and Associate Professor, wai@stkate.edu.