Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
James A. Brenner AKA Jim Brenner
Recipient Type
Start Date
August 2014
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Brenner will hold two cast iron events that produce sculptural installations open to the public. He will also explore and document his professional practice in cast iron, exposing a broader community to this unique art form.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; 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.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Shirley Chouinard: Visual artist; Craig Edwards: Ceramic artist; Katelyn Johnson: Professional artist; Christine Laramy: Founder, Women of Color Artist Gathering; visual artist; Doris Logue: Rural visual artist, committed to the environment and regional conservation issues; Keegan Xavi: Collage artist, using the arts as a vehicle for social change
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Two community cast iron events will produce installations and invite participation statewide from rural, urban, artistic and non-artistic backgrounds. We will gather contact, demographic information and feedback from the audience members. Additionally, we will create a blog to serve as a platform to share comments and ideas about the project and its process. 2: Funds for time-lapse photography equipment and videographers for the events will allow me to effectively document and share my cast iron artwork. After both events, my website,, and will showcase and promote the resulting photos and video narrative. In addition, we will create a blog as a site for public commentary on the events and my artwork.

Measurable Outcome(s)

2, 080 Minnesotans experience the projects in live person. 32,531 people experienced the projects through videos, photography or comments. 2: As a result of the documentation process I am in the final round of a paying cast iron performative event commission that is larger than I have ever had.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
James A. Brenner AKA Jim Brenner
(312) 203-1031
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