Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
William A. Gorcica AKA Bill Gorcica
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)

The artist will broaden the range of his work by incorporating more three-dimensional modeling and texturing in a virtual world. Public engagement will be measured by a survey regarding the work after two different public performances. 2: The artist will expand his studio practice further in the realm of interactive public art. Experts in the field will be asked to evaluate the quality of the work produced.

Measurable Outcome(s)

3D models and textures were incorporated into the virtual and actual spaces in the exhibition, providing a richer experience for the gallery visitor. Individuals who visited the exhibition were asked about their experience of it. Audience engagement was gauged through conversations with gallery staff and the artist. A guest book in the gallery also collected a good range of written feedback. 2: A more refined, durable interactive piece for use by a broad audience in a public art venue was produced as well as some other new electronic works. Conversations and individual meetings were held with a number of professionals to assess the quality of the work. These included the director of a public arts organization, a physics professor with a strong background in electronics, and an art department chairperson with background in printmaking, drawing and painting.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Gorcica will create an interactive multimedia piece that brings his work “Rowing through the Subconscious” to a deeper level. The work will be shown at several public events in the Twin Cities and Saint Cloud.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
William A. Gorcica AKA Bill Gorcica
(320) 293-5349
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
Kimble Bromley: Professor of art at North Dakota State University; nationally and internationally exhibited artist; Nathaniel Burbeck: Visual artist and painter; Patricia Canelake: Artist; Sarah Erickson: Director of the art department and assistant professor, College of St. Scholastica; Katelyn Johnson: Professional artist; Sarah Johnson: Director, Groveland Gallery
Conflict of Interest Disclosed