Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Timothy J. Gorman
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 create two new pieces and exhibit them in the 2016 Northern Woods and The Art of Fine Furniture exhibitions. Success will be determined by the completion of the work, its exhibition and audience attendance. The exhibitions will demonstrate growth in his professional practice as a furniture designer/maker. 2: The artist will have expanded capabilities in machining/casting of aluminum and in creating forms and molds for carbon fiber or fiberglass layup. The artist will show innovative use of new and existing materials and processes in his work.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Two pieces were completed and shown at two exhibitions. The public attended in significant numbers. The artist met with the public at related events. 1. Were the proposed pieces completed in time for the targeted exhibitions? 2. Were the pieces on display at the targeted exhibitions? 3. Were the targeted exhibitions open to the general public? 4. Was the public in attendance in numbers meeting or exceeding expectations? 5. Was the artist available for public discourse during the exhibitions? 2: Using bent plywood and metal turning increased my skills and was essential in making the art both artistically and technologically innovative. 1. Was skill gained in the use of a previously unfamiliar material or process? 2. Was greater knowledge or understanding gained of a familiar material or process? 3. Was the application of the new or existing material or process important in making the piece more artistically innovative? 4. Was it innovative from a technical standpoint?

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Gorman will increase his capacity for working with new materials while completing two new pieces of fine furniture to be shown at exhibitions in Winona and the Twin Cities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Timothy J. Gorman
(612) 306-0261x c
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
Craig Campbell: Working studio artist and glassblowing instructor; Joseph Giannetti: Painter, illustrator, photographer, muralist; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist; Christine Monroe: Cartoonist; children’s book author, artist, and illustrator; Janet Olney: Executive director, Willmar Area Arts Council; career fiber artist and instructor; Carl Oltvedt: Visual artist in drawing and painting, retired college art teacher; Samuel Spiczka: Sculptor
Conflict of Interest Disclosed