Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jonathan W. Kaiser
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Kaiser will present an exhibition of new artwork that uses experimental photographic and cinematographic processes to produce silhouette images of human and sculptural forms. An exhibition in the Twin Cities is being planned.
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
Keya Ganguly: Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, University of Minnesota; Jessica Hirsch: Sculptor, woodworker, and artist-in-residence, Driftless Folkschool; Shana Kaplow: Painter and video artist, art professor, Saint Cloud State University; Bradley Kaspari: Visual artist, sculptor, and public artist, owner and director, Kaspari Design Services, Inc.; Cecilia Schiller: Visual artist utilizing carving and woodworking to create interactive sculptures; Karen Stout-Heller: Oil painter and collage artist; Caitlin Warner: Book artist, board member, Art Shanty Project, staff, Graywolf Press
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
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)

The artist will present a public exhibition of new work at a Twin Cities art space. The work will be documented for display on the artist’s website. The outcome will be an exhibition that shares the artist’s work with a public audience, and makes high quality documentation of the work available via the internet. 2: The artist will develop the resources and technical skills necessary to create a series of largescale prints. The artist will successfully produce a new body of largescale work using a hybrid of analog and digital processes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Jonathan Kaiser created a public exhibition of new work in downtown Minneapolis. High quality photo and video documentation is now on the artist’s website. The quantitative outcome of this project is being evaluated by counting bodies of attendees at the opening reception, RSVP information on the Facebook invitation, and traffic analytics provided by the artist’s web host. 2: Jonathan Kaiser learned to use direct positive photo paper to create a series of large silver gelatin prints using enlarger, photogram, and pinhole techniques. The goal of this project was simply to produce artistic work using a certain set of tools (16mm film and photochemical darkroom printing). This outcome was certainly achieved; the tools were used by the artist to create an entire show of new work. Since these were methods about which the artist had limited knowledge, learning, research, and skill-building were implicitly a major part of the project.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jonathan W. Kaiser
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