We believe in the importance of cultivating creative space and prioritizing time to make art. A studio space and supportive art community are critical to an emerging artist career, however, securing a studio space is often difficult financially when just beginning an artistic practice. Our goal is to see what can be achieved when that barrier is eliminated through collaboration and shared resources.



Studio #400 is a new project led by artist Leslie Barlow, as a part of Public Functionary’s artistic programming. Studio #400 Collective is a 2,000+ sq foot studio space and artist community located in the Northrup King Building, in the thriving Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Studio #400 is for emerging artists age 30 or under working in Drawing, Painting, Collage/Mixed Media, Photography, Digital Media, Textiles, and Sculpture and Installation (we do not have the capability for ceramics or metals at this time).

Preference will be given to applicants of color or indigenous backgrounds. We understand that emerging artists come in all ages, shapes and backgrounds, however, we are particularly interested in working with the 30 and under age demographic to support and cultivate young artists’ presence and work in the Northrup King Building (we see a need and opportunity for growth in this area). We are committed to addressing disparities locally and nationally for young artists and artists of color to have access to work space and career development opportunities.

When applying, please consider that you will be joining a studio community. While you will have your own space to work in, walls are open to allow for collaborative working and conversations. The studio space includes a storage area, and a clean critique/exhibition space for displaying work. You are required to attend one studio meeting each month with Leslie Barlow, and participate/be present at the two large art crawls the Northrup King Building hosts: Art-a-Whirl (May) and Art Attack (November). The rest of your time spent in your studio is up to you– but we encourage regular weekly use of the studio space (10-20+ hours a week).

Public Functionary intends to develop this program to support artists in the economic viability of their work/practice and entrepreneurial opportunity.

Studio #400 members can re-apply to keep their studio spaces for a second year, and are given priority, but two years maximum is available for artists. Upon acceptance, artists sign a one year lease with a rental fee of $100 a month, due on the first of each month.

The 2019 application is now closed. Stay tuned for future calls for applications.


  • Application closed Feb 9th. Finalists notified for interviews & tour of the space week of Feb 17th. Selected artists notified Feb 24th.

  • Artists selected will have the opportunity to tour the space before committing to the space.

  • 1 year studio lease begins March 15.

  • Questions? Email Leslie Barlow: / FAQ’s will be posted by Feb 1.