Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Alison L. Hiltner AKA Alison Hiltner
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)

Artist will work with a botanist to strengthen the works ability to explore the cultural complexity of people's connection to plant life. Expanding the reach of the work by creating a compelling, interactive experience exploring our connection to and reliance on plant biomes, enhanced by direct integration into the exhibition space. 2: Artist will create a more intimate connection between ecology and community through history and interactivity in greater Minnesota. The outcome of the project will be evaluated by the successful installation of the piece in RCTC gallery that results in the engagement of the Minnesota community in a direct experiential way.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Hiltner will create an interactive, site specific environment at Rochester Community and Technical College Gallery, to explore the connection between people and plants to deepen the viewer?s understanding of ecology.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Alison L. Hiltner AKA Alison Hiltner
(612) 703-4412
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

Kenneth Bloom: Director, Tweed Museum; Kyle Fokken: Sculptor, Arts Board grantee; Kimberlee Joy Roth: Ceramic artist; Arts Board grantee; Nicole Selmer: Artist and educator in papermaking, printmaking, and bookmaking; Colleen Sheehy: President and executive director, Public Art Saint Paul; John Sterner: Sculptor, painter, arts educator; Lisa Truax: Associate professor of art and design at Saint Mary's University; Arts Board grantee; Randall Walker: Artist; Arts Board grantee

Conflict of Interest Disclosed