Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Susan J. Armington
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
March 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Lac qui Parle
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Armington will develop a new body of mapwork that combines the physicality of land and water with the stories of people, past and present, in three Minnesota locations. She will host an event to talk about the work and invite participants to write about their experience of place.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Marlon Davidson: Artist, writer, educator, Bemidji; Leann Johnson: Graphic designer, illustrator and ceramic tile artist; Doris Logue: Rural visual artist, commited to the environment and regional conservation issues; Seho Park: Artist, Art Professor, Winona State University; Jane Powers: Mixed media sculptor and public art artist; Don Sherman: Artist, Educator, Photographer, mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University College; Krista Walsh: Multidisciplinary artist, art activist; Adjunct Faculty member, University of Minnesota, Hamline University; Christopher Zerendow: Artist, adjunct instructor, North Hennepin Community College; State Arts Board grant recipient
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I develop my ability to create work relating to specific Minnesota river sites and stories of place by learning about Minnesota history and residents' stories and experimenting in the studio. I will be able to see if I have achieved this by examining the new set of core maps that I create. Do they have a new 3-D physicality to them? Do they embody stories from current Minnesota residents and past historical accounts? Do they look different from my previous work?

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) Developed River Map art with physicality of land and people's stories for three Minnesota River sites 2) Learned Minnesota history and gathered residents' stories in all three sites through oral interviews, writings, research, meeting historians and reading sources, e.g. Mni sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, Elden Lawrence's stories, Joseph Nicollet bio and journals, etc. Attended reunion of Dakota Mission in Lac qui Parle county, July 2013. 3) Developed new techniques: silver leaf river, 3-D textures with molding paste, 3-D topography inside and outside suitcases, collaged texts floating in river scenes, and texts in the form of little boats. Photographed work as evidence of outcomes achieved. Confirmed success through public feedback and critical response sessions.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Susan J. Armington
(612) 578-9655
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