Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Elizabeth J. Wendland AKA Lyz Wendland
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 improve and expand my artistic practice and content through the completed projects, reaching a new audience at two gallery locations and engaging with my suburban community. The outcome will be evaluated by the successful completion of the work for my solo and two-person exhibitions in 2016 along with the new dialogue with my neighbors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Several community components: completion of proposed artwork and further development of artwork content through visual explorations. Evaluation was successful with the completion of a body of work and two exhibitions. Along with reaching a new audience of Grand Rapids for my solo show. There was over 200 people who came opening night and I gave a short artist talk. I was also able to experiment with honing in on the content of my work in relation to the duality of architecture and nature of suburban environments. I did this visually by pushing the exploration of organic vs. architectural forms.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Wendland will complete ten mixed media paintings and two site-specific installations that reflect the linear qualities of her suburban environment. The work will be exhibited at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony and the MacRostie Center for the Arts in Gr
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Elizabeth J. Wendland AKA Lyz Wendland
(763) 670-2379
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
Katayoun Amjadi: Ceramist; assistant to director at Circa Gallery; John Cox: Artist; instructor of visual arts and art history; Elizabeth Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist; Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Miigis Gonzalez: Visual artist; Anna Metcalfe: Visual artist and educator; Anders Nilsen: Award-winning author and artist of graphic novels; Jehra Patrick: Program director, Mn Artists; visual artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed