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Our Story

Inspired by the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Slate BLUE Studios is working to fill the gap in affordable, messy workspace for artists in western Dane County. We support artists as creative entrepreneurs, offering artist retail and exhibition opportunities, and lowering overhead through shared resources.

Opening in Fall 2024/Winter 2025 in the future ART House 360 at 401 W. Verona Ave. in downtown Verona, Slate BLUE Studios offers flexible artist co-working in one studio and hosts uncommon classes and events in a second.


The ART House 360 is a multicultural, multidisciplinary arts hub bringing greater wellness to our community through the arts. Its new home in Verona's landmark 1917 schoolhouse is adjacent to Century School Park, centering a new intersection of the arts and economic development. 


We can't wait to see studio artists create amazing works and glorious messes, provide a safe place for teens to engage in artistic expression, and offer an array of uncommon classes.

Coming soon to the ART House 360: More workspace for more artists. Supports for unheard voices. A spark for Dane County's creative economy. And greater wellbeing for all through creativity.



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The Torpedo Factory Art Center
Arlington, VA


Thanks for visiting!

Karisa Johnson (she/her)

Owner & Artistic Director

Slate BLUE Studios, LLC

Dried Spray Paint

About the Founder

Karisa has been a feminist social impact professional for over 20 years, working in nonprofit management and politics in Wisconsin and Washington, DC. She served on the City of Middleton’s Arts Committee for 8 years.

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