Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Karen Ruch. Brown
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2018
End Date
February 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Blue Earth
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Brown will visit three ecological biomes in Minnesota: eastern deciduous forests, northern coniferous forests, and prairie. Brown will research local flora and fauna for new work that creates more immersive environments for her figures. She will teach two children's workshops at local parks and at her studio in the Northrup King Building.

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. Chair, 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. Officer at -Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Marion Angelica: Ceramic artist, former director of Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; Karlyn Berg: Visual artist; Arts Board grantee; James Brenner: Sculptor and [ublic artist; Arts Board grantee; Sayge Carroll: Founder, Women of Color Artist Gathering; visual artist; Erik Farseth: Printmaker, zine publisher, collage artist; Arts Board grantee; Kristi Kuder: Sculptor, textile processes in metal and mixed media; Arts Board grantee; Laura Youngbird: Art instructor and cultural counselor.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

By creating a more immersive environment for my figures, I hope to inspire in viewers a deeper response of empathy, protection and positive feelings. The outcome will be evaluated through verbal and written feedback from visitors during several open studio days, measuring, objectively and subjectively, by comparing response to my current work. 2: Project will engage the general public by giving them the chance to explore their own creativity by creating animal tracks tiles or fanciful animals. During the three workshops I will be collecting feedback and contact information. Participants will have a piece of ceramic art that they created that they will be able to take home with them.

Measurable Outcome(s)

My new work completed during the grant period is more emotive, more immersive and more interactive with the audience. By really focusing on creating more expressive faces and postures, the viewer response has been much more intense, whether positive or negative, and has sparked more discussion about the intent of my work, which I feel is a positive outcome. 2: Project will engage the general public by the creation of animal tracks tiles or fanciful animals, and to view and interact with my new work. Participants will have a piece of ceramic art that they created that they will be able to take home with them, and informal feedback was gathered by visitors to my studio during open events, while I am directly working on new sculptures.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Karen R. Brown
(612) 703-3959
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