Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kyle L. Fokken
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) I set out to work with new materials, including stainless steel, to improve the durability and longevity of my work. In working with these new materials, I needed to make a safer environment for me to work and to keep my residential home studio free from contaminants, keeping my family and neighborhood safe. 2) I evaluated this achievement by first purchasing a air filtration system that filtered out the toxic dust and gas caused by working in steel and stainless steel. This gave me the confidence to work in the confined space of my garage studio. Next, I tested many different types of materials by studying their technical specifications and making macquettes. In this process of making the macquettes, I experimented with many cutting and fabrication techniques to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each material. 2: My biggest artist business achievement was having a Minnesota State Arts Board grant behind me as a way to establish credibility with manufacturers and other businesses. With this grant, I had the right access to engage these businesses in discussions about their materials and the funds to purchase their products. I evaluated my achievement by turning around two requests for information that had been previously rejected into two full tours of the facilities and extensive interviews with the person in charge of the particular products I was researching. I was also able to meet with other architects and manufacturers, and some of these meetings even generated interest in working on collaborative projects down the road.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Fokken will research and explore how to translate the style of his small indoor sculpture into large, durable, outdoor work and purchase equipment that will enable him to work safely.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kyle L. Fokken
(612) 598-6647
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Marlon Davidson: Artist, writer, and educator.; Roderick Massey: Artist; Aldo Moroni, Jr.: Artist; Seho Park: Professor of art, Winona State University. Visual artist.; Kimberlee Roth: Technician for the Art and Art History Department, St Catherine University. Ceramic artist.; Barbara Wood: Awards committee member, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Bead and textile artist.; Laura Youngbird: Art instructor and cultural counselor.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed