Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jon M. Hicks AKA Marty Hicks
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Hicks will set up foundry equipment and purchase safety clothing, materials, and supplies to pour bronze for the purpose of creating artwork with metal. He will host two pours, inviting both the public and art students to attend.
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, 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
Amy Cass: Pottery instructor, The Crossings. Member, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. Artist and part-time product potter, Red Wing Stoneware.; Deborah Cooter: Fiber artist; Bradley Durham: Artist and educator; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist.; Ka Ly Bliatia: Founder, Os.Couture. Multidisciplinary artist, organizer, and consultant. Musician with Pupils of the Storm.; Carey Netherton: Founder and owner, Netherwerks Sculpture Studio, LLC. Sculptural metal/welding and blacksmithing instructor, Minnetonka Center for the Arts.; Mary Ann Papanek-Miller: Professor and chair of the department of art, media, and design, DePaul University. Mixed media artist.
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

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to set up and operate foundry equipment, make molds, melt metal, and pour bronze to successfully create artwork. I have become a leader in the Guild of Metalsmiths in the area of foundry and metal casting. My cast piece from the first pour was featured on the cover of "The Metalsmith" magazine. The amount I learned was incredible, ranging from understanding low pressure regulators to a gas fired burner to different bronze alloys. I'm now able to get good quality castings from sand molds. 2: The

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jon M. Hicks AKA Marty Hicks
(651) 699-0083
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