Minnesota's Legacy

Individual Artist Fellowship Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Adam P. Swanson
Recipient Type
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
November 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

My goal is to create a thoughtful body of work that reflects the lessons learned with Tonja Sell. This new work will be about figures and portraits of specific people combined with wild animals set in a changing landscape. I will have an exhibition in September at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota from September 1st-November 1st as a culmination of these efforts. The lessons learned working with Tonja will be valuable tools to use in all of my future work. Measuring the outcomes of this proposal will be simple. I will have a clear body of work, directly affected by the tutorship of Tonja Sell. After my class, I will continue to draw and paint a group of people paintings which will culminate in a show of animal and human hybrid images at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota from September 1st through November 1st.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I had 3 days of individual instruction from Tonja Sell as well as a 2-day group class on expressive pastels. During the individual instruction I spent three full days practicing drawing and painting the human form and human portraiture. Tonja gave me many valuable insights which I brought to my home studio and spent two months creating an exhibition of entirely human-centric paintings. The show hung for one month at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth. The show consisted of 18 paintings, each of which had a human figure in it.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Individual Artist Fellowship Grant
Project Details
Visual Art: Figure and portrait painting instruction with fine artist Tonja Sell.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Adam P. Swanson
(218) 343-4304
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of the Duluth Art Institute; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Linda Grover: Professor of American Indian Studies, published author; Kathy McTavish: Cellist, video artist; Karen Sunderman: filmmaker, producer of WDSE Public Television; Crystal Pelkey: Theater actor, director, manager.