Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kimber L. Olson
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)

Create a largescale art installation that is designed and constructed for a specific location for a designated period of time. A site-specific textile installation open to the public will be mounted in a windowed corridor at Owatonna Hospital from November 2015 to February 2016. 2: Generate greater exposure by introducing my work to new audiences. A textile installation will be seen by 3,000 viewers during a four month exhibition period at Owatonna Hospital.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I created a 23 x 5 feet textile interpretation of the human immune system and installed it in a corridor at Owatonna Hospital where it was displayed November 2015 through February 2016. The evaluation methods were if the work was planned, designed, created and installed in time for an exhibition that opened on November 1, 2015. The large scale, site-specific work was installed over a period of three days October 29-31, 2015. 2: Several thousand people were introduced to Kimber Olson's textile art interpretation of the human immune system while at the Owatonna Hospital or by viewing photos of the installation in The Peoples Press, the local newspaper. The art installation was seen by more than a thousand people at the hospital and reached more than 7,000 views through the images and accompanying story in the Owatonna Peoples Press newspaper.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Olson will create a site specific textile installation at Owatonna Hospital, artistically interpreting cellular structures and networks of specialized cells and organs that impact the human immune system. The installation will open in November and be on display until February 2016.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kimber L. Olson
(612) 508-0478
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
Brenda Brousseau: Visual artist, app developer and software company owner; Laddavanh Insixiengmay: Lao weaving artist and designer, cofounder of Lao Cultural Center, founder of SihnNaChampa Dance Theatre; Leann Johnson: Graphic designer, illustrator and ceramic tile artist; Stephen Klassen: Twin Cities sculptor and painter working primarily with wood; Kristin Makholm: Executive director, Minnesota Museum of American Art; Edie Overturf: Cofounder, LegUp Studio, visiting assistant professor of printmaking, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Emily Stover: Visual artist and designer, adjunct instructor in design at University of Minnesota; Delina White: Folk and traditional artist from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Conflict of Interest Disclosed