Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Susan N. Boecher
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
March 2017
End Date
February 2018
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

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will research, create and present a new body of work that presents an intimate account of the physical and emotional nuances I have encountered. Through public exhibitions and artist discussions this project will provide diverse audiences creative insight into living with cancer to help foster an understanding how art can serve to heal. 2: This project will enable me to expand my artistic skills to include three dimensional sculpture, graphic design layout and printing processes. I will evaluate my skills through a series of digital prints on both sheet metal and canvas, a series of wall sculptures, magnetic toys and two dimensional design pieces I create for the exhibition.

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Boecher will place her cancer into a creative context to create a body of work that presents the physical and emotional transitions of cancer that is honest, confrontational, and expressive. A public exhibition at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota are planned.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Susan N. Boecher
(612) 722-6491
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary?s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Joseph Allen: Photographer; media arts faculty at White Earth Tribal and Community College; Hillary Berg: Photographer; Arts Board grantee; John Gregor: Photographer and photo educator; Robert Kern: Photographer; Arts Board grantee; Karen Melvin: Photographer; author of Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District; John Ratzloff: Photographer at Steger Wilderness Center; Bonnie Wilson: Consulting curator, librarian and archivist; former curator of photography, Minnesota Historical Society, Oakdale

Conflict of Interest Disclosed