Aptitude is reopening with limited hours. Please refer to to our safety guidelines below to ensure we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Come Explore Aptitude!

A collection of creative studios designed for artists to connect with the community.

We offer new possibilities for shoppers and creators alike inside West Acres Mall.

***Message about Reopening:
Welcome back to Aptitude! As we navigate reopening, we have some health safety requests for our visitors.
We ask that individuals and groups please maintain six feet of social distancing between themselves and others, including the artists, whenever possible. We also encourage all visitors to wear masks if possible, and check with the artists before touching items.

Thank you for supporting our arts incubator studio spaces with your visit.

Open Studio Saturdays

  • 12 pm – 6 pm
  • 12 pm – 6 pm
  • 12 pm – 6 pm
  • 12 pm – 6 pm
  • 12 pm – 6 pm
  • 12 pm – 6 pm
  • 12 pm – 6 pm
  • 12 pm – 6 pm

Get in touch with our artists

Reach out for private appointments or swing by during our open studio hours

 

Jenny Junker

Yellow Chair Press

(printmaking)

junker.jenny@gmail.com

 

Lacey Hagensen

Brown Bird Handmade

(papercrafts, jewelry, bath)

topchick@brownbirdhandmade.market, 701-793-4168

 

Nicole Nistler

Dandelion Crafted

(handmade jewelry)

dandelioncrafted@gmail.com

 

Spencer Johannes

SRJ Ceramics

(ceramics)

srjcermaics@hotmail.com

 

Steph Norton

Wandermade Studio

(handmade home products)

wandermadestudios@gmail.com

 

 

Tara Kay Fermoyle

Fermie Studios

(ceramics, design)

fermiestudios@gmail.com

Renting a Studio

Aptitude includes a total of 19 dynamic studio spaces for artists of all backgrounds, career levels, media and practice.

(Check out the following tabs for more info and to submit an interest form.)
  • Artists are strongly encouraged to imagine engagement activities to bring new audiences to their art.
  • Preference is given to artists seeking longer-term studio rentals of six months or more. We will consider short-term leases on a case-by-case basis, given studio availability.
  • Aptitude studio artists who sign longer-term leases of six months or more automatically become Partners of The Arts Partnership, with all the benefits that encompasses.
  • All renters must agree to follow the Aptitude Policies and be respectful of the fact that Aptitude is a shared business space for creatives.

Amenities Include

  • 24/7 access for studio renters
  • Interior mall access
  • 19 studio spaces; 14 featuring 8 ft. walls and an open ceiling and 5 with closed ceilings
  • 1 kiln room
  • Overhead skylights to provide natural light
  • Double door access to parking lot for easy loading and unloading
  • Two restrooms

PLUS

  • Access to West Acres’ 6 MILLION annual visitors
  • Opportunities for special events inside of Aptitude and in partnership with West Acres
  • Scheduled openings for Aptitude every Thursday with select weekend markets
  • An abundance of free parking

Available Studios

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General Interest Form

Fill out this quick form and we will get back to you shortly.

This is not a formal application but an easy step in the right direction. Please include any questions you may have.

Rental Form_Aptitude Creative Studios

Rent

Renting a Studio

Aptitude includes a total of 19 dynamic studio spaces for artists of all backgrounds, career levels, media and practice.

(Check out the following tabs for more info and to submit an interest form.)
  • Artists are strongly encouraged to imagine engagement activities to bring new audiences to their art.
  • Preference is given to artists seeking longer-term studio rentals of six months or more. We will consider short-term leases on a case-by-case basis, given studio availability.
  • Aptitude studio artists who sign longer-term leases of six months or more automatically become Partners of The Arts Partnership, with all the benefits that encompasses.
  • All renters must agree to follow the Aptitude Policies and be respectful of the fact that Aptitude is a shared business space for creatives.
About the Space

Amenities Include

  • 24/7 access for studio renters
  • Interior mall access
  • 19 studio spaces; 14 featuring 8 ft. walls and an open ceiling and 5 with closed ceilings
  • 1 kiln room
  • Overhead skylights to provide natural light
  • Double door access to parking lot for easy loading and unloading
  • Two restrooms

PLUS

  • Access to West Acres’ 6 MILLION annual visitors
  • Opportunities for special events inside of Aptitude and in partnership with West Acres
  • Scheduled openings for Aptitude every Thursday with select weekend markets
  • An abundance of free parking
Prices

Available Studios

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Apply

General Interest Form

Fill out this quick form and we will get back to you shortly.

This is not a formal application but an easy step in the right direction. Please include any questions you may have.

Rental Form_Aptitude Creative Studios

Find us next to Best Buy

Aptitude has the intriguing mystery of the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Our long entryway could dissuade some, but the inviting “Creativity Takes Courage” sign from Fireline Neon Company and Cereal quoting Henri Matisse imprints curiosity despite  initial hesitation.

Once people walk down the hallway, however, a whole new world of charming artist studios opens up to them. Going even further, we want Aptitude to be the place that opens up to the rest of the arts in the community, too.

Read more about what we envision Aptitude to be in “Looking Ahead by Looking Back,” a blog by CEO Dayna Del Val.