Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Monica E. Rudquist AKA Monica Rudquist
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Rudquist will create a new body of ceramic work that she will exhibit as an installation. She will also collaborate with a filmmaker and writer to develop and expand her public profile. An artist lecture is also planned.
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
Frank Byrns: Sculptor, Duluth; Eric Crosby: Assistant curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center; David Glenn: Executive director, The Minnesota Project. Arts administrator, artist, and arts advocate.; Kelley Meister: Multimedia artist and educator; Ernest Miller: Ceramic artist; Satoko Muratake: Artist and landscape designer; John Sterner: Sculptor, painter, arts educator; Nicole Volk: Art educator, Waterville School District
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)

I will create a new body of work that is better suited for exhibits in galleries and museums. I will have completed a large scale installation (covering an entire wall), comprised of hundreds of pieces. 2: I will produce materials that can be used to promote my work in galleries and museums across the country. We will have completed a short video plus two articles ready for submittal to national and international publications. I will also have photo documentation of the new work to be able to use for exhibition applications.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I fulfilled this goal by not only completing a large wall installation measuring 8' tall by 24' long comprised of just under one thousand individually thrown and altered porcelain pieces but also by having a one person exhibition of this work at the Northern Clay Center. This in turn led to two further invitations for exhibitions in museums. These exhibitions are currently on display with new work; at the Plains Art Museum as part of Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota, and at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. 2: I have completed a short video documenting the creation and installation of my new body of work titled INCONTEXT. My plan to have 2 articles ready for magazine submissions changed during the course of the year as I learned that magazines will not accept articles paid for by the artist. I solved this dilemma by asking writer Janet Kolplos to write an essay about my work for the exhibition at Northern Clay Center. The essay has been posted on Northern Clay Center’s website as well as on my own new website. In addition I have just found out that there will be an article published in Ceramics Art and Perception Dec 2014 by Rob Silberman about the exhibition at Northern Clay Center. The May issue of Ceramics Monthly will also include my installation from Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota in their Upfront section. The photo documentation has enabled me to revamp my website as well as apply for future exhibitions.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Monica E. Rudquist AKA Monica Rudquist
(612) 889-9022
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