Career Development Grant
ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage
This project will be an installation-based solo exhibition of my work that explores the concept of ôMinnesota Nice.ö Using film, photography, and collage, this exhibition will raise awareness of social discrepancies in the realm of human experience. It uses visual imagery, and the experiential space of the gallery, to explore the idea that, while individuals from different backgrounds and heritages, our journeys are more alike than unlike. At times, we need to be guided to this realization. Unfortunately we often don't let ourselves get close enough to each other to see those connections where they do exist. MN Nice will create a space where viewers are confronted with questions about cultural commonalities, differences, and the social forces that create and perpetuate human rifts. Goals include stimulating important conversations, reaching a population that would not normally be aware of these intertwined social issues, and furthering my name, reputation, and income as an artist. My plan is to create an installation of film, photography, and collage that articulates not only what the notion of what "Minnesota Nice" means to me, but also to explore the possible and layered meanings of what this regional phrase means to others as well. Through my artwork, I hope to show what from multiple perspectives what the experience of "Minnesota Nice" embodies, with all its many layers. My goal is to start a much-needed conversation in my community and beyond. While these are often difficult and uncomfortable conversations about social and cultural divisions, I will be using my artwork to create a starting point for visitors and community members to reflect on, consider from new perspectives, and engage with. My goal is to hopefully ignite thoughts that help us move forward with new perspectives of one another. The methods I will use to measure the outcome of this project will be varied, including but not limited to: comment books for visitor feedback; dialogue with fellow artists, viewers, school groups, politicians, etc.; and tracking possible TV, radio, social media, and other media exposure. Possible gallery events (such as discussion groups or an artist talk) may also be used to foster and measure conversation around these topics. I also plan to measure outcomes through the sale of art as well.
Other,local or private
Career Development Grant
Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor UMD Music, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, and former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Ariana Daniel: mixed media artist, arts instructor; Emily Fasbender: student liaison, visual artist
Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Richard Colburn: photographer, retired professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa; Tim White: photographer, writer; Karen McManus: musician, administrator at Mesabi Symphony Orchestra: Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker.