Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Linda K. Rossi
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)

I aim to use unique materials, techniques, and content to foster thoughtful conversation about the human interaction with a vanishing rural Minnesota. I will evaluate this outcome by observing visitors to the installation, recording visitors’ reactions (informally and through a sign-in book) and engaging with prospective purchasers of the artwork. 2: I will improve artistic/business skills by working with expert artists and by building a website to publicize the installation and help sell my work. I will learn about approaches to running arts businesses from the bookbinder and metalsmith. I will send my website to curators, collectors, and other artists for critiques and to market my work.

Measurable Outcome(s)

As a result, the artist was asked to display the work at another venue. In addition, there have been numerous requests to purchase the individual works of art. Evaluation methods have centered upon individual conversations with a broad range of people- from children to college students to the elderly. Scientists, academics, farmers, hunters, artists, mechanics, and lawyers have all viewed the exhibition, leading to very diverse findings through the comments recorded. 2: The shift for the artist to think in terms of promoting and selling their work is the greatest outcome as in the past they have been unwilling to try this. The work completed so far has prepared the artist to meet this proposed outcome in the future, however because the website is not yet live the real outcome is not able to be measured.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Rossi will create a complex sculptural and photographic installation at the historic Valley Grove Chapel in Nerstrand which will illuminate the natural and cultural history of Rice County, Minnesota. The installation will be open to the public in September 2015.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Linda K. Rossi
(507) 581-1482
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
Sara Belleau: Writer and photographer; Anna Eveslage: Photographer; Mark Jensen: Fine art photographer, founder and director of the Knife River Photography Workshops; Brett Kallusky: Visiting assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department, photography; Anthony Marchetti: Photographer, instructor; Terra Rathai: Artist and photographer, historian of 19th and 20th century western art and popular culture; Ellen Skoro: Digital photographer, Goldstein Museum of Design; Sarah Whiting: Commercial photographer, instructor at the Arts Institutes International Minnesota
Conflict of Interest Disclosed