Who We Are
A Mom & Pop Public Art & Design Shop
Works Progress Studio is an artist-led LLC based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Led by husband-wife Collaborative Directors Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson, Works Progress engages an expansive network of artists, designers, organizers and other creative professionals to realize imaginative public art and design projects rooted in place and purpose.
To inquire about collaborating with us, say hello!
Shanai Matteson, Co-Director
Shanai is a writer, artist and arts organizer who develops, leads and supports collaborative public art and design projects. She is interested in work at the margins of established fields and practices, and believes we need to create more opportunities for artists and designers to learn through collaborations with and in community.
In addition to her work as Co-Director of Works Progress, Shanai writes about artists and engagement, produces and directs documentary films and consults with a wide range of organizations. Shanai is the Artistic Director of Public Art Saint Paul's City Art Collaboratory, a fellowship program for artists and scientists working with and on the Mississippi River. In 2013 Shanai was awarded a Bush Fellowship to pursue her own art and engagement work.
Shanai grew-up in a small town on the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota, studied Creative Writing at the Perpich Center for Arts Education before attending the University of Minnesota for Cultural Studies and History of Science. She spent the first 6 years of her professional career as a Public Program Curator at the Bell Museum of Natural History, where she fell in love with nature and science. See her full CV on LinkedIn
Colin Kloecker, Co-Director
Colin is an artist, designer and filmmaker whose work explores the intersection of civic engagement and artistic intervention. He loves working with others on projects that invite participation, inspire new connections and encourage collaborative meaning-making. He believes we can make cities and communities more resilient, playful and supportive by daylighting and nourishing knowledge and creativity where it already exists.
Colin was a 2011 Fellow in the Creative Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts, and was awarded a 2014 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step grant to make a short film about the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant in Saint Paul. Everyday he strives to see beautiful possibilities in the systems of the city and make interventions and provocations in our collective civic imagination.
Colin grew-up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he studied visual art at Milwaukee High School for the Arts. He moved to Minneapolis in 2001 to attend the University of Minnesota's College of Design, where he received an undergraduate degree in architecture. After graduating, he worked for 5 years at Cermak Rhoades Architects, a small firm with a focus on affordable and supportive housing in the Twin Cities metropolitan region. See his full CV on LinkedIn.
Who We Work With
In the past five years we’ve been fortunate to work with a wide range of partners, from individual artists and designers to non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, cities, philanthropic foundations, educational institutions and businesses. Frequent collaborators are marked with an asterisk.
Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
Bell Museum of Natural History
Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy (University of Minnesota)
Center for the Humanities (University of Wisconsin)
Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MI)
Cleveland Neighborhood Association
Coffee House Press
Kulture Klub Collaborative
Luminary Center for the Arts (Saint Louis, MI)
Minneapolis Arts Commission
Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing
Minnesota Historical Society
Mississippi National River & Recreation Area (National Park Service)
Mississippi River Fund
Nexus Community Partners
Phipps Center for the Arts (Hudson, WI)
Press Street (New Orleans, LA)
Public Art Saint Paul
Saint Anthony Park Community Council
Saint Paul Parks & Recreation
Saint Paul Public Libraries
Twin Cities Public Television
Walker Art Center