Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mathew J. Ollig AKA Mat Ollig
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Otter Tail
St. Louis
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)

Artistic Scavenger Hunt for ten paintings about ten small towns with matching postcards. Brochures and interactive website will provide locations. Artist will create and exhibit a new body of work in ten locations with collectible postcards and reach a wider audience online with an interactive website and social media hashtags.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Residents in out-state Minnesota were exposed to fine art in their diners, and residents of Minnesota visited more in-state towns as a result. A tally of postcards, page visits, and Twitter reposts, as well as a rough estimate of diner goers that would visit the diners as an aggregate whole.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ollig will create ten paintings about small town culture, to be displayed in ten historic Minnesota diners. The project will be promoted as a statewide “scavenger hunt.” Audiences will find one collectable postcard at each location.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mathew J. Ollig AKA Mat Ollig
(763) 639-3245
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