Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Benjamin J. Moren
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 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)

To develop and create a new body of work that will push me in a new direction as an artist who creates more physical object artworks. A body of new artworks will be created which will be seen at an open studio event, as well as a public exhibition.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Ben's actual outcome from the grant was the research, development, and creation of a new body of work. He was able to exhibit the work for a public audience at Saint Cloud State University. His grant outcomes were evaluated in clear ways which were contingent upon one another. A learning and research period allowed him to develop the skills and theoretical constraints for the projects. This allowed him to move on to creating a body of new artworks which would go on to be exhibited. The ultimate evaluation was the successful exhibition and positive reception of the work in public.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Moren will develop a new body of technology-based mixed media sculptures and video projections which take a critical look at our often mediated and misguided views of the natural world. The public will be invited to see the resulting work at an open studio event.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Benjamin J. Moren
(612) 327-7844
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
Allison Bolah: A visual artist, creating photographs, multimedia and paper-based work; David Kang: Independent creative consultant, director, and producer, founder and CEO, Hana Media and Development, creator and executive director, The DIAL Group; Fredrika McManus: Founder and director, Upper Minnesota Film Office; Patrick Moore: Communications director, Pioneer Public TV; Matthew Sewell: Chair, English department, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Deborah Wallwork: Independent filmmaker and artist, editor and director, Red Eye Video; Maya Washington: Filmmaker, writer, performer, and arts educator
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600