Current Pop-Up Studios

Ausrine Kerr & Sonata Kazimieraitiene – Studio 2

Born in Lithuania in 1968, Sonata Kazimieraitiene received her MFA in Design from Vilnius Academy of Art in 1991. Nine years later, she moved to the US and subsequently received a MBA in Marketing in Concordia University Wisconsin in 2005. Clay is her preferred medium as you start with a soft substance which reflects the subtlest touch and it gradually transforms to rock hard material. In the end, it displays all of the story and cannot be influenced further. She also enjoys mosaics as it combines various materials and mediums. Since 2005, Sonata had produced over 20 large scale murals and mosaics under auspices of Chicago Public Art Group and Illinois Arts Council. She was last selected as lead artist for a mosaic team of five apprentices through the Pompano Beach Public Art program in 2016.


sonataka.com       @sonataka      sonataka2000@yahoo.com


Also Lithuanian, Ausrine Kerr holds a masters in art education from the Vilnius Academy of Art, an interior design certificate from School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and a ceramic certification from Penland School of Craft. Since 1995, she’s been living in the US and exploring various mediums, mainly felt, paper, leather, and clay. Art makin preserves herself and her Lithuanian heritage. Being an artist, an emigrant, and a woman who was raised and educated in one country while raising her own children in another is like simultaneously living and experiencing two different lives during one lifetime. Creating art liberates her from being consumed by this duality, and the conjunction of her past with a multitude of art techniques in her repertoire is the essence of inspiration.


ausrinesartsroom.net       @b_a_b_a_a_r_t        ausri.kerr@gmail.com


The Pop-Up Studio Program is a short-term studio rental is designed with the creative business in mind. This program is an opportunity for creative arts businesses to have a retail, or working studio space for a short-term residency of 3-4 months max. The ideal candidate will be a creative business looking for a space to work, display inventory, meet with clients, or complete a new project and needs the space to do so. The category of candidate could be, but not limited to, the following examples: photographer, video, filmmaking, textiles, hand-made clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and other crafts. The Pop-Up Short Term Studio program is subject to studio availability.

Why Pop-Up your creative business at Arts Warehouse?

  • The Pop-Up artist would have 24/7 access to a private studio space for the duration of the Pop-Up.
  • A physical location to meet new potential clients and buyers.
  • A Creative environment with the visual arts in mind.
  • The short-term commitment is ideal for those smaller creative businesses wanting to try having a physical location.
  • Access to professional development programs, and networking.

How is the Pop-Up Program different from the Resident Artist Program?

  • The duration of the studio lease is shorter, only 4 months max.
  • Time requirements for resident studio artists do not apply to Pop-Up studios.
  • Pop-Up studios are not listed on the Arts Warehouse website as artist profiles.
  • Pop-Up studio tenants are not guaranteed a feature in the AW social media accounts (though there is a good chance they will be!).
  • Pop-Up Studio tenants are not included in a Resident Artist gallery exhibition that may fall during this time.


Applications are submitted via JotForm. Completed applications are reviewed by the Arts Warehouse Manager.

The application asks for images, statement, and product or art examples, as well as the asks the following questions:

Application questions:

  • What is the name of your creative business or brand?
  • What medium are you working in?
  • Why is a studio space with the Pop Up Project ideal for your business growth?
  • What will you use the studio space for (editing, creating, selling, etc.) Are there any projects/products you will be working on during your time here?
  • Any specific goals for the Pop Up Residency term?
  • How can we find you online, or social media?
  • Brief Bio (if you have):


  • Pop-Up Rentals will be filled based on studio availability.
  • Regular and full rental fees apply for the specified studio, and will be paid during the Pop-Up Studio Term on the first of the month by check. Studio rent is by square foot.