Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Elizabeth L. Miller AKA Liz Miller
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 create a new large-scale installation that combines existing and fabricated patterns in exciting and unexpected ways. I will analyze the outcome of my work, assessing the formal and conceptual strengths and weaknesses. I will also seek the input of arts professionals, including artists, curators, and critics, asking them for their insights and comments.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I created a new large-scale installation entitled Rapturous Decay which was comprised of textiles with found and fabricated patterns. To assess the success of my project, I spoke with various arts professionals, including curators and critics. Many have commented on the expanded range of color and surface qualities in the work. I have utilized the professional photographs of the work to help me secure future exhibition opportunities, including three forthcoming solo exhibitions around the United States. I feel that this positive reception of the work speaks to my project's success.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Liz Miller will integrate found and fabricated patterns in a new large-scale installation, heightening optical effects with interludes of pattern and surface design. She will host an open studio event in Good Thunder to engage the community in a dialogue
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Elizabeth L. Miller AKA Liz Miller
(612) 382-0244
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