Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kyle L. Fokken
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Fokken will produce three to six figurative pieces that incorporate woodworking techniques into his mixed media sculptures. He will show the work as it progresses during open studio events; a gallery show will follow at the end of the project period
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; 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; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Katayoun Amjadi: Ceramist; assistant to director at Circa Gallery; John Cox: Artist; instructor of visual arts and art history; Elizabeth Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist; Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Miigis Gonzalez: Visual artist; Anna Metcalfe: Visual artist and educator; Anders Nilsen: Award-winning author and artist of graphic novels; Jehra Patrick: Program director, Mn Artists; visual artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Kyle will make a new body of figurative work making three to six life-sized pieces. The outcome will be evaluated by the response of viewers seeing work in progress and during the artist talk at the gallery.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I developed new work, skills and a safe place of business to entertain clients, hold meetings and participate in more open studio events. I made four pieces of the three to six pieces I set out to do. I was able to hire experts to teach me new woodcarving skills and I kept photographic records of my teachers demonstrating techniques and of how my work and understanding progressed. I was able to keep reasonable estimates of the numbers of people engaged in each event and relied on the numbers given to me by the gallery director for the duration of the exhibit.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kyle L. Fokken
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