Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
David E. Ryan AKA Dave Ryan
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)

More than 10,000 people see the exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Gallery attendance can measure of the impact of this work. Based on past exhibitions the curator estimates 10,000 visitors. Attendance beyond 10,000 will be considered an indication of success.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The touchable work logged more than 75,000 touch events. A rough estimate of six or seven touches/visitor translates to more than 10,000 unique visitors. Museum estimates of visitor counts, touch counts on one of the works, visual study of how users interact with the work help support the conclusion that we met our goal of 10,000 unique visitors viewing the works. Further, my hours in the gallery confirmed the amount of enthusiasm for interacting with the works and this depth of engagement was spoke to the strength of the work itself to draw users in.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ryan will complete two video installations: Vigilants, which investigates the concept of a modern day evil-eye; and Epidemi-gogue, which examines the ideas of infection and human touch in a tightly networked society. The work will be exhibited at the Min
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
David E. Ryan AKA Dave Ryan
(507) 720-9873
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