Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Bonnie J. Ploger AKA Bonnie Ploger
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Solo show at Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, group show at Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis to attract new audience, two artist talks, and one workshop. Track attendance at two exhibitions with opening receptions, two artist talks and one workshop. Artist talks and a comment book will provide opportunities for the public to give feedback. 2: I will complete 10-15 paintings and expand my skills with installation and assemblage for a solo exhibition. I will evaluate the outcome based on the number of paintings, installations and assemblages that I create.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Ploger completed a solo show with two artist performances at Robbin Gallery, co-curated and participated in a two-part group show at Bell Museum, and led three workshops. 2: Ploger made 50 artworks: 31 paintings, two sculptures, four assemblages, two installations in a gallery-wide installation, plus one assemblage and ten monotypes.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ploger will create new paintings and installations that reference caves, dreams, and prehistoric art. She will transform Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale into an environment that investigates parallels between cave exploration and psychological journeys.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bonnie J. Ploger AKA Bonnie Ploger
(651) 483-6019
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
Richard Abraham: Professional Oil Painter and Art Instructor; Leann Johnson: Graphic designer, illustrator and ceramic tile artist; Mia Lopez: Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts, Walker Art Center; Contemporary art; Marisa Martinez de Silva: Artist and Teacher of Marisa Martinez/ Meztiza Designs (mixed media art and jewelry); Anders Nilsen: Award-winning author and artist of graphic novels; Janet Olney: Executive director, Willmar Area Arts Council; career fiber artist and instructor; Terra Rathai: Artist and photographer; historian of 19th and 20th century western art and popular culture; Andrew Wykes: Associate professor of painting at Hamline University, St Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600