Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sheryl L. Tuorila
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
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)

To create a new body of work inspired directly from nature. The creation of four large-scale artworks and small studies based on the visits to the natural attractions of prairie, forest, river and lake. 2: To engage the public in the creative process by documenting the artwork's formation. By tracking the number of people viewing the different stages of artwork creation on my Facebook artist page and attendance at a show of the artwork with a presentation of the entire process.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Sheryl Tuorila created five large scale works, ten fine art photographs and three small scale works. All of the artworks were in a new direction, depicting natural landscapes. 2: Sheryl Tuorila gave out 400 postcards with grant info, increased her Facebook likes by 300 people, weekly posts on this page reached an average of 582 people and over 2000 people came through her studio during the course of this grant period.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Tuorila will create a body of work entitled ‘Natural Attractions’ based on visits to four distinct natural attractions found in Minnesota; prairie, forest, river, and lake. All stages of creation will be presented to the public through personal interaction as she works outdoors and during regular open studio events.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sheryl L. Tuorila
(612) 423-9197
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
Marion Angelica: Ceramic artist; former director of Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; Amy Cass: Professional ceramicist.; Anne Dugan: Arts administrator, visual arts, festival coordinator, new media arts; Paige Guggemos: Freelance graphic and Web designer; printmaker; Lindsay Kandler: Freelance graphic, textile and apparel designer.; Katrina Knutson: Working Artist, Freelance Educator, and Community Organizer; Margaret Pezalla-Granlund: Artist and Curator of Library Art and Exhibitions, Carleton College
Conflict of Interest Disclosed