Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Keren Kroul
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Kroul will create “Charted Memories,” a series of seven large scale watercolor paintings that explore memories as visual territories. The new work will feature dense rhythmic structures made of delicate watercolor lines. It will be exhibited at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center and also in Fridley at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.
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
Moira Bateman: Contemporary visual artist, utilizing mixed media and fiber to create sculptural and site-specific art; Elizabeth Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist, Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Justine Di Fiore: Hospital worker and visual artist; Andrew Maus: Executive Director, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona; Daniel Mondloch: Painter, muralist, and art teacher; Asako Nakauchi: Sculptor and installation artist, instructor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Jessica Shaykett: Librarian, American Craft Council; Frederick Somers: Award-winning pastel artist and painter, art instructor; Liza Sylvestre: Visual artist and educator
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)

Kroul will refine her artistic skills in constructing bold affective material in the subtle medium of watercolor through this ambitious project. The completion of a strong series of works, its exhibition to the public, and its critical reception, will indicate the success of this project. 2: Charted Memories will be exhibited at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley and Bloomington Theatre and Art Center in Bloomington. Exhibits will include an artist talk and watercolor workshop. Surveys will be available to visitors, to evaluate audience demographics, interest in the work, and feedback on the talk and workshop.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Keren Kroul created an ambitious and visually arresting body of work. This project was exhibited throughout Minnesota and received critical acclaim. This project was evaluated by the productive output it generated, its exhibition to the public, and its critical reception. Keren Kroul created nine large-scale watercolor paintings on paper, and one hundred small watercolors on paper. Kroul exhibited the project at six distinct venues throughout the state of Minnesota. This project received widespread and positive critical reception, most notably Kroul and her work were featured in MN Original, a video broadcast showcasing Minnesota artists, which aired on live TV on TPT – Twin Cities PBS on February 21, 2016. 2: Minnesotans had the opportunity to engage with Keren Kroul's art through six diverse exhibitions, four artist talks, a hands-on workshop, and a scavenger hunt. The project successfully achieved engagement with the Minnesota community by way of six exhibitions which were free and open to the public. The artist was present at every opening and verbally engaged with visitors in an informal manner. Formally, several venues hosted an artist talk, one venue included an artist workshop, and one included a scavenger hunt through the art gallery. Information about visitor engagement was culled informally, by way of conversation, and formally, by way of guest log entries and a formal questionnaire.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Keren Kroul
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