Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lacey M. Criswell
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will create a new body of work to pursue solo exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and speaking engagements in Minnesota. The Hunters’ Widows success is measured by exhibiting at a Minnesota gallery, seeking out critiques from three local critics and applying to three professional opportunities, like Review Santa Fe. I will also present The Hunters’ Wives to two Minnesota high school classes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Lacey Criswell created and installed an exhibit titled BOW that explored the changing relationship women have with hunting culture in rural Minnesota. Lacey Criswell determined the projects achieved outcome in three ways. For the exhibit in Park Rapids, Minnesota she tracked the head count at the exhibit opening. Then continued to track attendance through the store’s daily foot traffic records while BOW was exhibiting. Lacey also tracked daily web traffic on her personal website, Instagram, and Facebook pages when she was actively promoting BOW. Thirdly she had twelve high school students in attendance at her artist talk in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Criswell will investigate individuals who form communities around common experiences, such as hunting. “The Hunters' Widows,” is a portrait series featuring women left behind during a Minnesota hunting season. There will be two exhibitions, one in the Twin Cities and one in rural Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lacey M. Criswell
(612) 227-9010
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Sara Belleau: Writer and photographer; Anna Eveslage: Photographer; Mark Jensen: Fine art photographer, founder and director of the Knife River Photography Workshops; Brett Kallusky: Visiting assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department, photography; Anthony Marchetti: Photographer, instructor; Terra Rathai: Artist and photographer, historian of 19th and 20th century western art and popular culture; Ellen Skoro: Digital photographer, Goldstein Museum of Design; Sarah Whiting: Commercial photographer, instructor at the Arts Institutes International Minnesota
Conflict of Interest Disclosed