Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Aaron C. Squadroni
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)

My main goal is to create a new series of metalpoint drawings to be exhibited and documented. I will determine whether the exhibit has a positive impact on the way people understand the land debate in Minnesota.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I created twelve artworks at 25" x25" and ten artworks at 12"x12" which were exhibited in a solo show. I documented work in the form of a website and book. The project outcome was evaluated based on the number of works finished, the successful completion of two solo exhibits, and the documentation of artworks in the form of a book and a website. I also looked through written feedback and talked with viewers at the exhibits as well as exhibit staff.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Squadroni will create a series of copper drawn land portraits that record landmarks and sacred spaces on the Mesabi Iron Range. A workshop at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids and exhibit at Artistry in Bloomington are planned.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Aaron C. Squadroni
(612) 423-0718
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