Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Laura E. Migliorino
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Migliorino will create Bordering the Minnesota Angle, a series of photographs that capture life in a section of the state that is surrounded by Canada and accessible from the rest of Minnesota only by water. She will exhibit the photographs in Warroad.
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
Michal Daniel: Professional Photographer, live entertainment, theater, Minneapolis; Anna Eveslage: Photographer, Minneapolis; Ellen Kingsbury: Photographer; Michael Nordin: Photographer, Duluth; Suzanne Szucs: Artist, writer, photographer, and educator, Rochester; Robert Wilde: Photographer, sculptor, Dassel; Former faculty member, College of St. Benedict, St. John's University,Collegeville; Bonnie Wilson: Consulting curator, librarian and archivist; Minnesota Historical Society, Oakdale
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The outcome is a series of portraits that provide an outside perspective of life on The Angle. The success is determined by how many residents I photograph and the power and strength of the portraits. The interest outside of the Angle is essential to evaluating success and can be determined by blog interaction, exhibition invitations, and press coverage. 2: The outcome is a series of photographs created by young and old who live in The Angle. The images reflect the unique area where they live. The number of residents who participate and the quality of work determines the success of the project. The level of enthusiasm is a good barometer for measuring outcome success. I anticipate strong interest because residents of The Angle are eager to share their unique way of life with others.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This grant provided me with several learning opportunities. I learned how to manage my work flow and technical skills in an environment that is very remote. The Angle is isolated and the winter temperatures dipped to -45, I have never shot or cared for my equipment under such circumstances. I also worked with a group of grade school children ranging in age from 6-14, this was definitely and new learning curve, and all in a one room school house too. During the grant period I also honed my technical skills in color photography and aspects of Photoshop. The most important thing I learned is how much people appreciate the arts regardless of where they live. 2: This component on the grant was by far the most inspiring for a community of people who travel 3 hours roundtrip through a foreign country to just buy groceries. There is no way to describe the isolation and remoteness on the Minnesota Angle, one has to experience it. The grant provided an opportunity for children who live far away from any available gallery, museum or arts related space to engage in the practice and a working artist. The year of photographs and gallery books they created are inspiring. The parents of the kids noted the enthusiasm their children had for the project and began to discuss continuing a project and arts education in general. For the rest of the community the project brought out a lot of pride and wanted to people to see the beauty of where they live. The exhibition and book launch was attended by 60 plus people, more than actually live there. People came up from Roseau and Warroad. I have attached photos of the event.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Laura E. Migliorino
(612) 229-6809
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