Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Donna J. Rice
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
March 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)

Applicant will create four new cast glass sculptures for exhibition and artist presentation at FOCI in early 2017. She will also add a casting blog to her current website. Positive outcome will be evaluated by successful exhibition of four new glass sculptures and good attendance of my FOCI gallery talk. A measurable website blog audience will prove fresh interest in new methods for casting with glass. 2: Applicant will share valuable, technical casting information with collectors and students of glass through a gallery exhibition, artist presentation and website blog. Successful outcome will be evaluated by good attendance of my 2017 FOCI Gallery exhibition and artist talk. A measurable website blog audience will indicate strong interest in new, better methods for lost wax casting with glass.

Measurable Outcome(s)

200 + Minnesotans were directly engaged in my Artist Initiative grant project. I measure the success of my outcome by attendance at my artist talk and exhibition, visits to website (blog) and page visits and social media response from various sources, including posts from FOCI - Minnesota Center for Glass Arts. 2: Sixty guests attended my event and 345 have viewed my website post of the presentation. 3,900 page visits to my website since my grant year began. Exhibition and artist talk attendance and views to my website and in particular, visits to my blog page with a detailed account of my presentation.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Rice will create four new cast glass sculptures for exhibition and present an artist talk at FOCI - Minnesota Center for Glass Arts in early 2017.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Donna J. Rice
(407) 405-3210
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