Career Development Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,695
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Kirsten M. Aune
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2018
End Date
November 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,695
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,505
Direct expenses
$3,200
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This fall, I will be exhibiting my textile work at the American Swedish Institute. I will have my own room for this exhibit, showcasing my quilted wall-hangings along with garments. I would like to produce two additional large floral quilts for this show. These quilt would unite my body of work for this exhibit. I would like to purchase silkscreens and other materials needed for producing a series of dishtowels, coin purses, pillows and toy birds for the Institute's store. Producing an inventory of smaller work for sale at the institute's store may give me extra income that I need. The small but different range of products will give me insight into what products people lean towards purchasing over others. The two floral quilts will complete this series of quilted wall hangings and add to the exhibitions ambiance! My textile work is heavily influenced by my Nordic heritage, honors my Swedish mother and embraces the textile traditions of Scandinavia. Exhibiting at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis will carry my artistic voice to a larger audience. My aesthetics, bold color arrangements and sense of modern design resinates with many urban dwellers and I hope brings inspiration to all who view my work at the ASI. Launching a small series of merchandise at the ASI store will hopefully benefit me financially, allow me to put my foot in the door for some continual revenue and open up more opportunities. My first love is free creation. However, my "free creations" such as Rainbow Warrior costumes and hats (see work samples) are not "quick" sales, if at all. They add depth to my artistic expression and I will continue to play with costumes and large wall works. Adding screen printing to the mix will allow me to produce small series of functional work for consumers to purchase. The quilts I want to produce will be large, bold and hopefully travel to Scandinavian venues in the United States and abroad. I am exhibiting other textiles in Finland and Estonia this summer and hope to make additional contacts in Copenhagen, Denmark. My sense of color, design and play, hopefully will ignite opportunities for additional show cases and generate interest with my art. If exhibition opportunities arise and inventory in the store sells, I will know that this show was a success.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Career Development Grant

Project Details

This fall I will be exhibiting at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. I seek funds to produce two queen sized quilts for this exhibition and produce screen printed merchandise for the store.

Project Manager
First Name
Kirsten
Last Name
Aune
Organization Name
Kirsten M. Aune
State
MN
Phone
(218) 481-5058
Email
aunemail@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No