Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jody L. Williams
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 be experimenting with new materials and process for printmaking and boxmaking and incorporating those new media into my artwork. Completion of a body of work that incorporates those materials successfully - technically, visually and conceptually - while meeting or exceeding standards established by my previous books and boxes. 2: I will re-format my website (for mobile devices) and improve my promotional efforts through personal contacts, print media, snail mail, and the internet. Hopefully, I will gain the attention of the press, have increased online sales, good attendance at the exhibition, and have other opportunities become available as a result of my improved promotional skills.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I completed a successful new body of work resulting from prolonged hours in the studio, presented in a solo exhibition at Form+Content Gallery. Self-evaluation methods were employed, using my own high standards, with influence from the feedback of other artists, critics and members of the general public who attended the show. 2: My exhibition was well-attended with the help of local media outlets that listed or reviewed the exhibition, as well as my own promotional efforts. Attendance exceeded my expectations at my exhibition's reception, at a secondary reception as part of a gallery crawl, and through the normal business hours of the gallery. This was evidenced by the large number of people present at events, by signatures in the gallery notebook, and by the sale of 23 works from the show.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Williams will research new materials and processes while exploring the concept of dust. The resulting artist's books, boxes, and mixed media pieces will be featured in a solo show at Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jody L. Williams
(612) 721-2891
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
Pamela Davis: Visual artist who combines weaving, metalsmithing, beading, and needlework; Paige Guggemos: Freelance graphic and web designer; printmaker; Andrew Messerschmidt: Painter; Julie Sirek: Visual artist; Eun-Kyung Suh: Art and design professor, University of Minnesota Duluth; Liza Sylvestre: Visual artist and educator; Willicey Tynes: Oil painter and sculptor
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600