Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ursula S. Hargens AKA Ursula Hargens
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Hargens will research botanical illustrations and create a body of tile work that reflects the evolving relationship between humans and the natural world. She'll exhibit the work alongside source material, at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
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
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)

Create of a body of ceramic tile work that reflects my research of botanical illustrations. The ceramic tile work will be completed eight months into the grant period. 2: Create an exhibition that pairs my work with resource material from Minnesota libraries to be exhibited at various sites around the state. I will measure the impact of the exhibition through tracking attendance at each exhibition site, visits to the online digital catalogue, and commitments for additional exhibition opportunities beyond the grant year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Hargens created an exhibition pairing botanical illustrations from the Andersen and Wangensteen Libraries with original tiles depicting endangered Minnesota wildflowers. 2: Hargens created a project website, exhibited work at Northern Clay Center, produced a print brochure, held a public lecture, and scheduled two future exhibitions of the work.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ursula S. Hargens AKA Ursula Hargens
(651) 717-5227
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