Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kimber L. Olson
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2017
End Date
February 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Olson will create a series of large-scale, wool felt sculptures referencing symbiotic relationships, as part of a collaborative public exhibition at the American Association of Woodturners gallery in Saint Paul.

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

Sarah Erickson: Director of the art department and assistant professor, College of St. Scholastica; John Larson: Ceramic artist; Andrew Maus: Director and CEO of Plains Art Museum in Fargo; Ernest Miller: Ceramic artist; Katherine Mommsen: Ceramic artist; Arts Board grantee; Elizabeth Mowry: Arts innovation director, COMPAS, City of Saint Paul parks commissioner; Ryuta Nakajima: Contemporary artist, curator, product designer; associate professort of art, University of Minnesota Duluth; Gwen Westerman Wasicuna: Poet and fiber artist

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)

Artist will use newly acquired felt sculpting skills to produce large dimensional artworks. The outcome will be measured through documentation of 6-8 wool felt sculptures produced during the grant period March 2017-February 2018. 2: Artist will present new work in a collaborative exhibition with wood artisans. The outcome will be evaluated by a public exhibition at AAW Gallery by February 2018.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Artist created ten large sculptural works, comprised by more than 40 individual units. Photos document each of the works constructed using newly acquired wool felt sculpting skills, including shots captured in process and of the completed objects. 2: Art was presented in a public exhibition along with wood objects at AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul. The exhibition `Bound by Nature` was installed at the American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art in conjunction with art from AAW's permanent collection from January 21-Feb 28, 2018.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kimber L. Olson
(612) 508-0478
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