Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Julie A. Sirek
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
St. Louis
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)

A public exhibition addressing the issue of domestic homicides in the United States. The outcome will be the completion of the proposed work resulting in an exhibition that will engage public participation and attendance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Sirek created an installation that promoted awareness, provoked dialogue and inspired action on the issue of domestic violence. I am happy with the response I have receive to Till Death Do Us Part. After the show I received numerous emails from individual who attended the show. Some of the comments were Congrats Julie on a strong and powerful piece. It deserves to be shown in many venues, so more people can see it., Julie I was glad I was able to attend your show. I didn’t realize all of the abuse that goes on. This is such big work/important work.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Sirek will address the issue of domestic violence by presenting an exhibition of new work that incorporates community participation and memorializes the victims of domestic homicides in the United States during 2015.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Julie A. Sirek
(612) 891-3119
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
Marion Angelica: Ceramic artist, former director of Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; Brian Frink: Visual artist, professor of painting and drawing, chair, art department, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Maren Kloppmann: Ceramic sculptor; Qian Liu: Ceramics and sculpture artist; Stephen Shaskan: Author, illustrator and Loft Literary Center teaching artist; Don Sherman: Artist, educator, photographer, mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University College
Conflict of Interest Disclosed