Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jan D. Elftmann
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
St. Louis
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)

I am expanding the concept of the object in my art, by seeking stories to contextualize the social aspect of the object into my sculptures. When I return to a town with the finished Portable Public Museum sculpture, I will know by the response from the locals and the volunteers of the local museums and Historical Society, and whether there are reviews or articles in the local paper.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Portable Museum was successful at opening up conversation between complete strangers about the social life of supper clubs and the objects saved.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Elftmann will research, design, and develop a new series of different socially-themed sculptures, inspired by the cabinets of curiosities of Renaissance Europe, called Supper Clubs of Minnesota. The work will tour to at least five Minnesota locations.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jan D. Elftmann
(612) 747-2313
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
Zoe Adler: Gallery director, Highpoint Center for Printmaking; Robert Dorlac: Painter and printmaker; instructor, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall; Aaron Dysart: Sculptor; instructor, Anoka Ramsey Community College; Keya Ganguly: Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture at University of Minnesota; Daniel Mondloch: Painter, muralist, and art teacher; Kelli Sinner: Associate professor of ceramics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Joy Spika: Mixed media artist focused on illustration and installation
Conflict of Interest Disclosed