Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jody L. Williams
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
May 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Williams will produce a limited edition artist's book and a related series of relief boxes, combining cast bronze and plastic with paper and printing, for an exhibition at Open Book in downtown Minneapolis.
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 be experimenting with bronze and lucite casting and incorporating those new media with my books and boxes. Completion of a body of work that incorporates those materials successfully - technically, visually and conceptually - while meeting or exceeding standards established by my previous books and boxes. 2: I will re-design my website and improve my promotional efforts through print media, snail mail, and the Internet. Hopefully, I will gain the attention of the press, have increased online sales, good attendance at the publication party, and have other opportunities become available as a result of my improved promotional skills.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I completed a body of work for an exhibition that was acknowledged by my peers to be my strongest show ever; it was also well-received by the general public and local art critics. This work incorporated bronze cast elements with an established aesthetic and high quality of craftsmanship reflected in my ongoing work with printmaking and bookmaking. Once the exhibition was up, I was able to review the work myself, considering my use of new materials on technical, visual and conceptual and my own sense of accomplishment. I feel very proud of what I was able to achieve, and feedback from other professional artists confirmed this. 2: By re-designing my website and connecting it to both PayPal and the AppleSquare Marketplace, I have increased my online visibility and have had a number of sales of artwork through these new digital connections. Also I devoted extra time to upgrade my e-mail list, use Facebook, and maintain my snail mail list to help promote my exhibition in print and digitally. These efforts resulted in excellent attendance at the two receptions for my exhibit, gallery visits during regular business hours, and a number of arranged studio visits. Sales of my work also increased as a result of these promotional methods.

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jody L. Williams
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