Virtual Mentorship with Shannon Gibney

For nearly 75 years, the Grand Marais Art Colony has supported the work of artists and writers. We are heading outside the shared studio space to the virtual realm. We invite you to continue in your practice with the support of a mentor, who can provide you with input, accountability, and additional direction or resources.

Mentoring sessions are one-hour in length, tailored to address your aesthetic, professional, and craft questions. Upon registration, students will receive a survey to select a mentor subject and tell us more about their needs.

Shannon is available to connect with artists on the following topics:

  • Portfolio Review
  • Input and guidance on current in-progress work
  • Goal setting for short and long-term projects
  • Get out of the Box: Exercises for experimentation and risk-taking
  • Discussion of materials and supplies
  • Marketing: matching your artistic vision with how you share your work
  • Identifying professional opportunities, such as exhibitions, residencies, or funding sources
  • Crafting an artist statement or bio

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), and Dream Country (Dutton, 2018) young adult novels that won Minnesota Book Awards in 2016 and 2019. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis College, where she teaches writing. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her new novel, Botched, explores themes of transracial adoption through speculative memoir (Dutton, 2021). In October 2019, University of Minnesota Press released What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color, which she co-edited with writer Kao Kalia Yang. 


  • Various Tuesdays | 1 – 2 PM
    October 27, 2020 - February 23, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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