Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jon A. Solinger
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
St. Louis
Otter Tail
St. Louis
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Solinger will exhibit prints and give an artist talk at three regional libraries about his Working Land project, which depicts rural workers and workplaces in his Otter Tail County neighborhood. He will also research cultural venues around the state to bring his work to a statewide audience in the future.

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
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 bring the Working Land project to new and broader audiences statewide, building recognition for my work and advancing my photography career. I will evaluate outcome quantitatively (numbers of venues and individuals reached and book sales made) and qualitatively (primarily audience response and feedback from arts and library professionals).

Measurable Outcome(s)

Jon Solinger brought his Working Land photo exhibit to new audiences at six venues, gaining skills in touring an exhibit and in public speaking. Solinger evaluated the outcome quantitatively through the number of venues, days open to the public and estimates of people who viewed the work. Qualitative evaluation included speaking with the public, a comment book and reports from venue staff.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jon A. Solinger
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