Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Aaron J. Dysart
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
July 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Dysart will be an artist in residence on a southern Minnesota cattle farm to study people's relationship to the land they occupy. He will create sculptures and exhibit them at the annual Lobster Feed in Chatfield and conduct a lecture at Silverwood Park in Minneapolis.
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
Avye Alexandres: Visual artist, performance maker; Amy Cass: Pottery instructor, The Crossings. Member, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. Artist and part-time product potter, Red Wing Stoneware.; Anne Dugan: Curator and interim director, Duluth Art Institute. Founder and co-director, Free Range Film Festival.; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist; Mary Ann Papanek-Miller: Professor and chair of the department of art, media, and design, DePaul University. Mixed media artist.; Peyton Russell: Artist, teacher and community leader; founder, Daskarone and Juxtaposition Arts; Robin Schwartzman: Printmaker, Adjunct instructor, University of Minnesota; Kelli Sinner: Associate professor of ceramics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
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ACHF Arts Access

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Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will have a different understanding of individuals' relationships to the land they occupy. This will be evident in the completed sculptures. I will compare the results of the residency with my past work. 2: To bring contemporary work into the countryside, and bring back the experience of the farm to the city. I will talk with lobster fest visitors to gauge their experience with the work. After the lecture at Silverwood Park, I will hand out a survey regarding the talk.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I changed, or refined my thoughts about my surroundings. Ditching the problematic notion of nature, I am know focused on the 'wild' of wilderness. I measured this by how many works I thought I would get done over the course of the six weeks (fifteen) to the amount I did accomplish (five). The reason the numbers varied so much is because I got injured through the unpredictability of livestock. It taught an important lesson, albeit the hard way, that I am not always in control. This point has translated into my recent environmental interventions. 2: I longed to create a bridge between the urban and the rural. By representing the urban on the farm, and lecturing about the rural experience in an urban context. This worked quiet well. Through many informal interactions with the extend family, and community I expanded their thoughts of what art could be. During the well artist talk in the city, I was able to talk about my problematic assumptions, and how they were corrected. This talk was very well received, and had numerous attendees mention their appreciation of the whole story behind some of my objects and videos.

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Aaron J. Dysart
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