Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
John A. Wells
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 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)

I will gain new capabilities learning to effectively light and photograph my art. I will create and skillfully document eight new paintings for exhibition to a new audience in Red Wing, Minnesota. The completion of the new paintings, successful photographic documentation used in promoting the work and the completion of the exhibition will be the measures of the project’s success.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Eight new paintings were created, documented and exhibited as proposed. All of the proposed outcomes were achieved. Eight paintings were created and exhibited. All of the paintings were photographed using the new equipment and were successfully edited using new software.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
John Wells will create large scale paintings that visually explore the conflict of chaos and control. He will photographically document the completed work and exhibit these paintings at the Red Wing Arts Association.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
John A. Wells
(612) 834-3352x c
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