Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sandra R. Dowd
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Dowd will create a series of self-portraits that will focus on the deteriorating effect of aging on her body. Her goal includes stretching her color palette by purposefully trying new colors and color schemes to express herself. She will exhibit the work in her Northrup King studio during Art-A-Whirl 2015.
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
David Andree: Artist utilizing painting, drawing, sculpture and sound, painting and drawing instructor, Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Jan Elftmann: Visual artist, educator for the Science Museum of Minnesota, coordinator of art at 801 Gallery, director, ArtCar ArtBike Parade.; Shannon Estlund: Visual artist, adjunct instructor, Minneapolis College of Art and Design; William Gorcica: Professor of art, Saint Cloud State University; Ursula Hargens: Co-collaborator and program head for Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education; Peter Pestalozzi: Furniture designer/craftsman, Ely, Board member, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council; Brian Stewart: Plein air painter and instructor; Christine Willcox: Visual artist, professor, art and art history department, Macalester College
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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)

Finished paintings that focus on aging with new color schemes that are a result of color research. I will evaluate my work by my own judgement. Also I will also use the viewers' reactions as an evaluation tool by interacting with them during the exhibition. 2: A public exhibit of my paintings where I engage with the viewers, explaining my work when asked. I will evaluate my work and then also judge by the viewers' reaction and comments.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist completed twenty-seven self-portraits that focused on aging with new color schemes that were a result of color research. The artist evaluated her work by her own judgment and also viewer reactions by interacting with them during the exhibition and artist talk. 2: Over 300 viewers were able to see new art about aging and were able to interact with the artist. The artist judged the degree to which the project achieved this outcome by the viewers' reaction and comments to the ME2 Exhibit. Some viewers said they would never look at their own body the same way again. Some said they liked the idea of turning aging skin into beautiful abstract artworks.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sandra R. Dowd
(612) 920-0740
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