Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Margaret A. Ojala AKA Meg Ojala
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2017
End Date
February 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Ojala will explore bogs and fens, experiment with new techniques in order to make large-scale immersive works, and complete a new body of photographs for an exhibit that will include a public program at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.

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

Gloria Brush: Chair and professor of photography, University of Minnesota Duluth; Anna Eveslage: Photographer and filmmaker; Arts Board grantee; Terry Gydesen: Documentary photographer; Arts Board grantee; Alison Malone: Award-winning photographer; Areca Roe: Photographer and Arts Board grantee; University of Minnesota photography instructor; Laurie Schneider: Photographer specializing in fine art portraiture, art, weddings, and animals; Paul Wegner: Art department faculty teaching photography at Inver Hills Community College, Arts Board grantee

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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 experiment with scale, double exposures, and digital manipulation to create new photographs of bogs and fens. The outcome will be evaluated by critical feedback during the proofing of the work and critical responses to the exhibition. 2: I will present an exhibit of a new body of photographic work that will include a public event with a program. The outcome will be evaluated by responses of the audience, feedback from scientists, from nature writers, and by the quality of engagement between participants and with the audience at the program.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I experimented with scale, double exposures and digital manipulation to create new photographs of bogs and fens. I invited twelve different artists to my studio to see work in progress and used their feedback. I used my own critical skills. I was challenged by the subject matter and my artistic practice was developed further in the process of making this work. 2: I presented an exhibit of a new body of photographic work that included a public event with a program. I invited three panelists to be part of the program at the opening of the exhibition. I introduced the panelists. The audience included people from the science, writing, and art communities. I developed and used skills for engaging a broader audience.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Margaret A. Ojala AKA Meg Ojala
(507) 663-0995
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