Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Farida Hughes
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Hennepin
Ramsey
Dakota
Anoka
Washington
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$91
Direct expenses
$10,091
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Advance painting and compositional skills and techniques with non-toxic, oil mediums that I will learn about and develop through my research and inquiry. Achieved effects and satisfactory working time with the mixed paints and new recipes for mediums will be a basis for evaluation. I will also collect viewer feedback in person at exhibition and online from blog. 2: Expand to a greater audience throughout the state. Reach other artists statewide through bi-weekly blog online. Track numbers of visitors to studio event, exhibition and blog-site and keep updated mailing list. Track visits to artist website after promotions. Speak with studio/gallery visitors and allow them to share their own stories after viewing my work.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to advance my compositional skills and techniques through the research and development of a painting medium that is less toxic than turpentine or Odorless Mineral Spirits based mediums. This recipe is based on the use of Oil of Spike Lavender which I discovered as a solvent through doing the research enabled by this grant. The new medium that I developed dries slower: it allows more flexibility in working time, more translucent layers, and allows color to be manipulated in interesting ways. I was unable to do these things with alkyd mediums (a less toxic alternative but one which dries very quickly and has some other hindering qualities). I gauged my success by my own satisfaction and audience reaction. Studio and exhibition visitors responded well to the new depth of color and the more intricate painting surfaces. I was fortunate enough to sell a very large piece right off the studio wall the week it was completed. This told me that my efforts were fruitful. 2: I had hoped to be able to expand my audience reach by exhibiting in other areas outside of the Twin Cities. Though I was unable to secure an exhibition in space outside of the metro area during the grant period I do feel that I successfully reached more Minnesotans with my work based on some of the media attention around my events as well as with my blog that tracked the project results. By keeping a mailing list, tracking visitor numbers to my studio and exhibition events, blog site and Facebook Page I was able to see that my reach had grown during the grant period. I was able to connect with other artists statewide, nationally and internationally, through my bi-weekly blog mostly evidenced by the location from where the responses/questions were coming from. Website visits turned out to be an unreliable judge as they typically spiked when there was press related to a show but not necessarily related to grant activity.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Hughes will complete a new suite of 20 paintings and conclude research in nontoxic oil painting mediums and methods, documenting it in a bi-weekly blog on safe practices for oil painters. There will be an Art-A-Whirl kickoff event for the blog and a public exhibition of these new works.
Project Manager
First Name
Farida
Last Name
Hughes
Organization Name
Farida Hughes
State
MN
Phone
(651) 493-6885
Email
frhughes@comcast.net
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Avye Alexandres: Visual artist, performance maker; Amy Cass: Pottery instructor, The Crossings. Member, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. Artist and part-time product potter, Red Wing Stoneware.; Anne Dugan: Curator and interim director, Duluth Art Institute. Founder and co-director, Free Range Film Festival.; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist; Mary Ann Papanek-Miller: Professor and chair of the department of art, media, and design, DePaul University. Mixed media artist.; Peyton Russell: Artist, teacher and community leader; founder, Daskarone and Juxtaposition Arts; Robin Schwartzman: Printmaker, Adjunct instructor, University of Minnesota; Kelli Sinner: Associate professor of ceramics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No