Waiting Rooms are commonly a part of a building, where people sit or stand until the event which they are waiting for happens and begins.
Galleries, while a clean space to best showcase artwork, bear formal resemblance to waiting rooms, and similarly enough, this transitional space is also a waiting room for artists and artworks. Artwork waits for an audience, a review, a sale, a response. Artists wait for their next show, notifications for acceptance, for their next career step, recognition and, worst of all, to 'be discovered.’
Waiting Room is an exhibition space, an art consultancy, and a call to action to no longer be passive, waiting artists.
Founded by artist Jehra Patrick (she/her) in 2014, Waiting Room is not a commercial gallery, but rather a new, non-fixed platform intended to support artists through visual and personal networks. Waiting Room insists that artists can bypass the traditional gallery model and grow their own audiences through genuine relationship-building. The duration and focus of this program and space will be responsive to the changing values of artists, audiences and patrons.
In 2019, Patrick gifted Waiting Room to longtime employee and artist, Kristina Johnson (she/her). Johnson champions the platform's strong bond with the arts community and looks forward to steering its pathway into sustainability. Since moving Waiting Room's location to St. Paul, her first curated show was featured on Artforum’s Critic’s Pick list. She has also launched Waiting Room's newest partner, backroom, an e-commerce site for creatives.
Waiting Room is also a Fugazi song.
130 Macalester Street
St. Paul, MN 55105
May 2018 – April 2019
7141 France Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435
2205 California Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
December 2014 – July 2016
1609 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403