Studio 84 is a non profit art studio that provides experiences in the arts for the community.
We specialize in the creative and vocational development of people with disabilities including those with Autism,
physical disabilities, cognitive limitations and mental illness.

We believe in creating an environment of inclusion.
Open to all ages and all abilities.

Located in Whitewater, Wisconsin

Meet Our Staff

Photo of Deborah Blackwell

Deborah Blackwell
Executive Director & Founder

Deborah has her BFA in sculpture with a minor in Arts Management. During her years in school she worked as an in-class aide for fellow art students.


Benjamin Kelly
Artistic Mentor/Assistant Director

Ben comes to us with past volunteer time spent during his college years at UW-Whitewater. He came back as a volunteer again after receiving his Masters in Social Work. He is now very much appreciated as
a member of our staff, helping out with a variety of job duties.







Mission Vision

Studio 84 will provide fully accessible opportunities in the arts
to enrich peoples lives

by focusing on the strengths and abilities of the individual,

by encouraging the creative voice with self directed activities,

thus, inspiring self-worth, pride, confidence and acceptance.

Philosophy and Approach

     Our philosophy is to provide open exploration of any medium chosen
     by the student with individualized guidance. 

     By looking closely at each student's abilities and skill level, individual
     instruction is provided.  Whatever challenges they may bring with them
     a creative solution will be sought to nurture their inner creative needs
     and provide every opportunity for success.  Students are challenged and
     encouraged to grow at their own pace.

Benefits of Art for All

Enhances self-image and self-esteem.
    Encourages decision-making and independence.
    Establishes or preserves sense of identity.
    Counteracts social isolation.
    Improves communication skills.
    Improves motor coordination and manual dexterity.
    Provides alternative for unacceptable behavior.
    Changes identity from “disabled person” to “creative artist”. 
    Develops skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, teamwork and more.



Studio 84 was conceptualized many years ago by Director, Deborah. An artist with a vision. While attending UW-Whitewater, plans were being formulated and slowly things came her way as they were needed in the goal of opening a non-profit art center that would be open to all ages and abilities and would specialize in working with people with physical and cognitive limitations. In Deborah's last year of schooling, the momentum grew and during the summer of 2008 the necessary things that were needed fell right in place. 

The Studio became Incorporated in December of 2007 and non-profit status was granted in June of 2008. Fund raising began to be able to open doors with a goal near the end of that summer. Several buildings were spotted but the one that caught our attention was a building well suited for the implementation of all the programming desired. It is also a building with a history of art attached to it, with the historical, Prairie Tillers Mural painted on the side. Located at 121 W. Center Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin, Studio 84 is just off the main street of the downtown area.

The Studio opened its doors on July 1, 2009 with left over art supplies from college days, a classmate's art on the walls, a found table, used computer and with half of the building still being remodeled.

Board of Directors

Photos & Statements Comming Soon

Greg Porcaro
Heather Ruenz
Julie Witt
Karen McCulloch
Keriann Kirkeng

We are seeking to increase our board of directors.

Click here for details.

Call or email to inquire further.





Financial Reports



Studio 84
121 W. Center St.
Whitewater, WI 53190
Web Design by Deborah Blackwell     Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.
This page last updated on: May 28, 2019 3:15 PM