Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lisa S. Truax
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)

The artist will present a new body of work at a regional Minnesota public art gallery, as well as on my artist’s website and Facebook page. The outcome will be a successful, open and accessible exhibition at a public art space or gallery. 2: Holding a public workshop on utilizing local and found materials in ceramics/sculpture. Successful workshop with good attendance from the surrounding community held at a university, college, or art center.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Lisa Truax exhibited her new work in a public, accessible solo exhibition at the Austin Artworks Professional Gallery in the summer of 2015, and engaged the public during the opening. The methods used to assess the degree to which the stated goals of this Project Outcome were that a solo exhibition location was finalized and the exhibition held during the grant period as proposed during the grant application. The attendance at the exhibition was excellent and further opportunities have arisen because of this grant assisted exhibition. 2: A workshop was held at Winona State University on utilizing locally sourced and recycled materials in ceramics that approximately twenty-five people participated in. The evaluation methods used to determine the degree of success of this project were the acquisition of a public place to hold the workshop, workshop attendance, and successful outcomes of the participants in finding and using their own materials with the assistance of Lisa Truax as part of the workshop. The project fully achieved this outcome, as the workshop was held with approximately twenty-five participants.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Truax will create a new body of sculptural and ceramic work for a solo exhibition at Austin’s ArtWorks Gallery around the theme of personal and cultural relationship to the local Minnesota environment. She will also conduct at least one workshop open to the public at a Minnesota college on the sourcing and use of local materials in ceramics.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lisa S. Truax
(507) 279-9104
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
Keya Ganguly: Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, University of Minnesota; Jessica Hirsch: Sculptor, woodworker, and artist-in-residence, Driftless Folkschool; Shana Kaplow: Painter and video artist, art professor, Saint Cloud State University; Bradley Kaspari: Visual artist, sculptor, and public artist, owner and director, Kaspari Design Services, Inc.; Cecilia Schiller: Visual artist utilizing carving and woodworking to create interactive sculptures; Karen Stout-Heller: Oil painter and collage artist; Caitlin Warner: Book artist, board member, Art Shanty Project, staff, Graywolf Press
Conflict of Interest Disclosed