Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ernest R. Gillman
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Artist will present a new series of drawings that will be open to the public in a number of different venues which include galleries, hospitals, and summer festivals. By the interest the drawings generate. I have four drawings in the series completed and already have two galleries committed to giving me shows when the series is completed I will continue to approach galleries over the next sixteen months.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Along with the gallery shows, the state fair, the summer festivals, I explored the moods and movement of the human figure. I evolved as an artist. I talked with many people about this series and observed many people viewing the work. Whether they were viewing a scene of a birthday party, a bar room at lunch time, or doing some construction work, they talked about having been there or done that. So not only were the galleries interested in what I was drawing, but from my own observations, so was the general public.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Gillman will create a series of twelve to fifteen drawings that capture Minnesotans going about their daily work and routines. The work will be displayed at a Minnesota gallery in late 2016.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ernest R. Gillman
(612) 388-0418
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
Zoe Adler: Gallery director, Highpoint Center for Printmaking; Keya Ganguly: Professor of cultural studies and comparative literature, University of Minnesota; Lori Greene: Artist and owner of Mosaic on a Stick; John Larson: Ceramic artist; Sonja Peterson: Independent artist; Lynette Power: Bronze and clay sculptor; public artist; Don Sherman: Artist, educator, photographer; mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University
Conflict of Interest Disclosed