Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Gail K. Katz-James AKA Gail Katz-James
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
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)

I will design and fabricate Treasure Tower, an outdoor metal sculpture, exhibit it at Hothouse at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, give an artist talk. By the end of the grant year, I will produce Treasure Tower for display outdoors. Creating it will resolve issues of weather, touch-ability, and interactivity, preparing me to produce more large scale outdoor works in the future. 2: My work will have a much wider audience exhibited at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center Hothouse event and Central Neighborhood. My artist talk will bring visitors from the metro area to see my work and CAFAC facility. Hothouse attracts 200 youth and adults, and 30 more adults come to the center for classes each session.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The work was completed and accepted into two exhibitions, so it was a success. The work was completed and accepted into two exhibitions, so it was a success. 2: My work was seen by a wider audience, in outstate Minnesota, over the course of a one year exhibition in downtown Mankato. My work was seen by a much wider audience, although it was in Mankato rather than in the central neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Katz-James will design and fabricate an outdoor metal sculpture to be exhibited at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Gail K. Katz-James AKA Gail Katz-James
(612) 926-4497
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