Listed below are the most recent awarded grants from each program.  For past program recipients, please contact the office by emailing info@aracouncil.org.

Career Development Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Career Development funding to the following individuals on May 16, 2019:

Bohdi Werner, Duluth, St. Louis – $3,000:
Funding will support the creation of a short film and proof of concept to be submitted to ITVFest happening in Duluth fall 2019.

Marc Gartman, Duluth, St. Louis – $3,000:
The grant award will assist with the costs of recording and releasing an album of new original compositions for the band Glitteratti.

Cary Plocher, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Funding will support the time to complete a full second draft of a manuscript with time to refine based on feedback from beta-readers.

Jimi Cooper, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Grant funding will support the mixing, mastering, production, and release of a new album for Dance Attic.

Nina Holz, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Funding will support the creation of several equine sculptures that capture moments of emotion, beauty, and grace that horses are able to emit in real life.

Katherine Sandnas, Hibbing, St. Louis, $3,000:
Funding will support the exhibition of a new collaborative installation artwork titled: An American and Japanese Calendar of Days, at the Gallery KEI-FU, Kyoto, Japan, late fall 2019.

Natalija Walbridge, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Funding will support time to research designs and create 4-6 detailed illustrations to be translated into screen prints on handcrafted canvas bags. The public will be invited to an open studio in November that will include a display of design process images.

Tashia Hart, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Funding will support the editing and publishing of a young adult fiction book and two public events celebrating the book.

Christine Marcotte, Deer River, Itasca, $3,000:
The grant award will support working with a professional editor to prepare a historical fiction novel for future publishing.

Bryan Hansel, Grand Marais, Cook, $3,000:
Funding will support a solo photography exhibit at Cedar Coffee Company and Spokengear in Two Harbors, Minnesota. The exhibit will hang from September 1, 2019, to October 31, 2019.

Eric Edgin, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,960:
Funding will support the creation of a series of new woodworking tools created by the artist for the artist’s future use.

Mary Plaster, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Funding will support a showing of new works at the Zeitgeist Arts Atrium in February 2020.

Kelly Schamberger, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,830:
Grant funding will support the development of a collection of landscape oil paintings created throughout the city of Duluth and along the north shore of Lake Superior over the summer of 2019.

Mary Erickson, Mountain Iron, St. Louis, $1,850:
Funding will support the artist to attend a digital weaving workshop to learn about digital designing and have the opportunity to weave on the TC2 loom at the Jacquard Center in North Carolina.

Anne-Marie Erickson, Grand Rapids, Itasca, $1,650:
Funding will support participation in the Loft’s Wordsmith Conference, a craft, career, and connection conference for writers of all levels, held in Minneapolis November 2019.

Serenity Schoonover, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,710:
Funding will support the writing of four creative nonfiction pieces as well as four free-of-charge community writing workshops to be held at the Duluth Public Library.

 

Technology and Equipment Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Technology and equipment funding to the following individuals on May 16, 2019:

Sara Alexander, Virginia, St. Louis, $2,000:
Funding will be used to purchase a portable sound system for musical performances at any venue.

Jacob White, Ely, St. Louis, $2,000:
The grant award will assist in the purchase of a mirrorless digital camera, including accessories, to use in documentary filmmaking.

Daniel Oyinloye, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Grant funding will be used to purchase a drone and accessories for high-quality video recording.

Carrie Schaefer, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,040:
Funding will be used to purchase a screen printing exposure unit and a washout booth to expand the artist’s screen printing capabilities.

Jennifer Murphy, Two Harbors, Lake, $1,490:
The grant award will be used to purchase a slab roller for ceramic sculptures and wall-hangings.

 

Arts Learning Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Arts Learning funding to the following individuals and organizations on March 21, 2019:

Amy Lucas-Peroceski, Chisholm, St. Louis, $2,500:
Funding will support a series of twelve high-quality arts education workshops for students in the Chisholm, Hibbing, and Buhl area as a part of the summer recreation program supported by the City of Chisholm, Chisholm Community Education and Balkan Township.

Minnesota Museum of Mining, Chisholm, St. Louis, $5,000:
Funding will support the 2019 Iron Pour at the MN Museum of Mining. The project will take place outdoors Chisholm on Friday – Saturday, June 7-8, 2019. Igneous Metal Arts, a group dedicated to demonstrating and teaching the art of metal casting, will lead youth and adult participants through the experience of designing and carving a sand mold, observe the pouring process and the cooling and cleaning that takes place before they can take their finished piece home.

Emily Derke, Dora Lake, Itasca, $5,000:
Award will support a series of five basketry workshop. The series will include cedar bark, willow, black ash, and two different birch bark workshops. Students will learn to fully prepare their material and will learn a variety of weaving techniques while working in each medium. The weaving portion of the classes will be held at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji Minnesota, a great space that has a large room and outdoor space available to rent. The harvest portions of the classes will take place throughout Itasca County.

Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community, Carlton, Carlton, $5,000
Funding will support the planning and presentation a series of educational workshops that explore the weaving of Native and African American musical traditions in the evolution of jazz to high school and post-secondary music educators and students in the region.

Greg Mueller, Lutsen, Cook, $2,440
Grant funding will support the North Shore Community Pour, an interactive, learning experience in cast metal sculpture for 2019 Grand Marais Arts Festival attendees. Participants will create sand molds and watch as they are filled with molten aluminum which, when cooled will create a piece that they can take home.

Prove Collective, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,640
Funding will support artist-led workshops with youth in local mentoring programs. We provide our gallery space, art materials, instruction, and dinner for mentors and mentees to come and create individual paintings, drawings, collages, etc. that will be gathered and published in a Zine at the end of the year. Artwork will be displayed in an art exhibition in the gallery in January 2019.

Karen McTavish, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Funding will support weekly quilting workshops and open sewing sessions at the artist’s studio April 4, 2019, through December 19, 2019. Sessions will cover basic sewing, design, piecing, quilting and binding.

Duluth Community School Collaborative, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Funding will support the 2019 Hillside Youth Theatre program “The Oddest Sea.” The 6-week program will take place at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School and Lincoln Park Middle School and youth will have the opportunity to experience high-quality arts instruction in acting, singing, dance, set and costume construction, and performance.   The program will be led by a team of experienced artistic directors and technicians.

Reflections Dance Company, Ely, St. Louis, $5,000
Award will support the Reflections Dance Company as they host three workshops bringing guest instructors to Ely to work with dancers along with community members who are interested. The workshops will be held at the Vermilion Fine Arts Theater and Tofte Lake Center in the spring and early summer. The evening showcase will be recorded for later use by the Reflections Dance Company as part of their summer production.

Citizens for Backus, International Falls, Koochiching, $5,000
Funding will support Summer Arts Week, a collection of 10 multi-disciplinary art classes taught by artists and school district teachers from the local community and Minneapolis. The project offers opportunity to area youth aged 5 and older to experience affordable, high-quality art-centered learning experiences not otherwise offered in this remote location. The week of classes will conclude with an art exhibition to allow students to display their creations and demonstrate their newly acquired artistic skills.

Artist Access Recipients

ARAC granted Artist Access funding to the following individuals on March 21, 2019:

Allison Pagnac, Hermantown, St. Louis, $1,000
Funding will support the purchase of supplies and payment for a professional class to learn the Came Lead Method of stained glass.

Alyssa Johnson, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Award will be used to build an online portfolio and materials to promote the artist’s work and grow an audience.

Bodhi Werner, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Funding will support time to write the script for a pilot episode of a non-fiction television series to submit to ITVFest 2019.

Charlotte Montgomery, Duluth, St. Louis, $935
Funding will be used to purchase a new acoustic-electric guitar and a pickup for banjo.

Derek Rausch, Two Harbors, Lake, $1,000
Funding will support participation in a thirteen-day course on Norwegian log building with Trond Oalaan at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais.

Joe Paulik, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,000
Funding will support the recording of twelve songs with producer Al Oikari.

Lorna West, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Award will support the creation of a children’s book.

Michelle Bennett, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Award will support the production of twenty professionally printed and framed photographs of local musicians to be displayed in a solo show to be held at Duluth Coffee Company.

Nikki Shull, Mizpah, Koochiching, $1,000
Funding will support the creation of a paper quilling series on Minnesota wildlife and habitat.

Peter Knutson, Cloquet, Carlton, $890
Funding will support the release a three-song EP of live performances recorded at The Rex Bar in Duluth which will be published and distributed both online and with physical CDs.

Roxann Berglund, Grand Portage, Cook, $1,000
Funding will be used to create a three-song demo of original compositions that will be used to gain feedback from other musicians and to promote the artist.

Sarah Guy-Levar, Ely, St. Louis, $1,000
Funding will support the creation of four watercolor paintings inspired by Betty Bridgman’s book “This Is Minnesota.”

Scott Lamps, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Funding will be used to compose, record and perform a musical collection of melodic guitar pieces.

Career Development Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Career Development funding to the following individuals on November 15, 2018:

Adam McCauley, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Funding will support the creation of new pieces for an exhibit at, and travel costs to, Great River Arts in Little Falls, MN.

Ann Klefstad, Duluth, St. Louis,$3,000
Funding will be used to conduct a residency with Patricia Canelake at her print studio at the Little Knife Sanctuary in Knife River, to produce experimental intaglio prints and monoprints for a future exhibition

Corrie Steckelberg, Hovland, Cook, $2,340
Funding will be used to support an artist-in-residence opportunity and creation of time-lapse videos of the artistic process.

Drew Anderson, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,660
Funding will be used to support the creation of a digital art show to be projected on public spaces in Duluth to raise awareness of homelessness.

Jenna Harting, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Funding will be used to create the first full-length album for The Latelys, consisting of Rachel Riefenberg, CJ Hanson, and Jenna Harting. It will be recorded The Terrarium recording studio in Minneapolis. Rob Oesterlin will be our recording engineer. Funding will also support the promotion and physical distribution of the album.

Justin Dallas, Knife River, Lake, $3,000
Funding will be used to acquire materials and support the time to create a series of 20 hand-carved wooden relief pieces that explore life beneath the surface of Lake Superior. These works will be displayed in a solo exhibition at the Great Lakes Aquarium for a 14-week period during the summer of 2019.

Karlyn Berg, Bovey, Itasca,$3,000
Funding will support the creation of a new body of work of three-dimensional collages to show at the Ripple River Gallery in Deerwood, MN.

LynnAnne Vesper, Ely, Lake, $3,000
Funding will support a mentorship with Gerald Henkel for building ten musical instruments which will be first displayed during the Ely Art Walk.

Marybeth Garmoe, Grand Marais, Cook, $3,000
Support will be used to develop, produce and market artistic broom accessories including handmade dustpans and hooks.

Megan Brant, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Funding will support a weaving apprenticeship with accomplished fiber artist and teacher Carol Rajala Johnson.

Mina Kaiser, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Funding will support the creation of a piece of music for voice, horn, marimba and guitar that will be performed and St. Thomas University in St. Paul in the Fall of 2019 and in the Spring of 2020 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Nik Nerburn, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Funding will be used to conduct the post-production stage for the documentary film “The Great American Think Off”, about a rural philosophy debate that happens every year in New York Mills, Minnesota

Sara Alexander, Virginia, St. Louis,  $3,000
Funding will support the recording of a new album titled Heart in the Moonlight at Sparta Sound in Sparta, MN.

Sara Pajunen, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support will be used to fund the development portion of a personal long-term project called ‘Mine Songs.’ Mine Songs is a multimedia exploratory project about the Iron Range mine pits and all the history, complexity, beauty and inspiration that surround them. The project will include both a solo iteration for touring and performance and an ensemble iteration for occasional performances and the creation of a music album.

Wendy Durrwachter, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Funding will be used to write a multi-movement divertimento for wind quintet to be performed and recorded by the U of MN Duluth Faculty Wind Quintet, comprising of Ted Schoen on clarinet, Jim Pospisil on horn, Paula Gudmundson on flute, Brett Linski on oboe, and Jefferson Campbell on bassoon.


Technology/Equipment Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Technology/Equipment funding to the following individual artists on November 15, 2018:

Greg Mueller, Lutsen, Cook, $1,560
Support to fund the purchase of an abrasive miter cut chop saw to use with creating large, outdoor sculptures.

Kerry Lambertson, Saginaw, St. Louis, $1,920
Funding will be used to purchase tools and equipment for creating violins and violin-family instruments.

Laura Sellner, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,960
Grant funding will support the purchase of vocal microphones, amplifiers, percussion equipment, and additional replacement items for instruments for the band Superior Siren so that they can continue playing with a high sound quality.

Peter Lande, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,400
Funding will support the purchase of camera equipment to allow for high quality macro photography.

Ruby Nightingale, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,680
Funds will support the purchase of a new spinning wheel and a table loom with a floor loom adjustable stand.

Wilson Johnson, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,480
Funding will be used to purchase supplies to produce cyanotype prints, other alternative process prints, and create digital negatives from a home studio.


Artist Access

ARAC granted Artist Access funding to the following individuals on September 20, 2018:

Ashley Hise, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Funding will be used to explore different clay bodies to produce three different sculptural lighting elements.

Donald Sundeen, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Grant funding will be used to prepare materials for and compile a book of original narratives and pictures documenting the experience of growing up at the Owatonna State School.

John Ulrich, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Support to fund the purchase of supplies and materials to make high-quality prints of the artist’s original paintings.

Michael Smieja, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,000
Funds will be used to build a reduction kiln for firing pottery.

Sara Pajunen, Gilbert, St. Louis, $1,000
Support to fund Mine Songs, a multimedia exploratory project about the Iron Range mine pits, at the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and the Community.

Stacey Achterhoff, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Grant funding will be used to hire an editor to assist in completing a nonfiction manuscript.

Stacie Renne, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Funding will be used to purchase supplies to continue creating letterpress graphic art visuals and to explore new ideas with the medium.

Toby Churchill, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000
Support to fund the creation of a documentary film about an artist as he explores his history and childhood at the Owatonna State School.


Fellowship Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Fellowship funding to the following individuals on June 21, 2018:

Anne-Marie Erickson, Grand Rapids, Itasca
Support to fund the completion of the memoir-in-essays “In the Evening, We’ll Dance” including work with editor Patricia Weaver-Francisco including assistance in preparing a query letter with Scott Edelstein for seeking potential publishers.

Daniel Oyinloye, Duluth, St. Louis
Support to fund the continued creation of “A Goody Night,” an artist storytelling experience to platform people from diverse backgrounds for enhanced community connections; seeks to establish meaningful connections among artists in Duluth by capturing a more holistic story via documentary process and organizing storytelling events that are coordinated at designated times and venues around the city.

Jeff Brown, Duluth, St. Louis
Support to fund the artist’s time to learn Vectorworks digital design software and to hire a mentor in the field to provide hands-on training and real-world experience with the software.

Karen Savage-Blue, Sawyer, Carlton
Support to fund the purchase of materials and pay for time to create twelve to twenty new works focusing on the animals that live in our area.

Marius Anderson, Duluth, St. Louis
Support will allow the artist to create a professional documentary film about the Arrowhead 135 Ultra Marathon in Northern Minnesota taking place January 28th to 30th, 2019. The documentary will follow and portrait 3-4 runners, interviewing them and showing their ups and downs in the days before the race, during the race and after the race. Post-production, it will be entered into a variety of outdoor/adventure film festivals.

Nate Johnson, Northome, Itasca
Support to fund the study of traditional Scandinavian birch bark weaving with master weaver John Zasada for six months. The artist will then take the next six months to complete artwork begun under his guidance and to continue with ongoing artistic projects.

Paula Gudmundson, Duluth, St. Louis
Support will allow the artist to create the first recordings of works by Scandinavian women composers. The artist has been able to identify twenty works written by Laura Netzel, who published under the Pseudonym N. Lago, Elfrida Andree and Amanda Maier- Rontgen which represent hidden treasures of significant Swedish music.

Robert Hinkel, Duluth, St. Louis
Support the creation of a series of twenty-eight illustrations for a self-written manuscript entitled, “For You, My Daughter.” The illustrations will be multicolor block prints on handmade paper, in an edition suitable for reproduction with the text as a Fine Press Book. There will be a public showing of the prints sometime after completion.

Serenity Schoonover, Duluth, St. Louis
Support and time to write and complete a young adult novel, and work with mentor, National Book Award nominee Sandra Scofield, to revise it for publication.


Community Arts Learning Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Arts Learning funding to the following individuals on March 15, 2018:

Daniel Oyinloye, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000:
Support to fund The MixTape project, a program to engage teen boys in the residential juvenile justice program at Woodland Hills self-reflection through music. Not only will students analyze music as a vehicle for self-expression, they will be exposed to the recording and production process, using Logic software to record and mix their own track.

Kathryn Van Wert, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,480:
Support to fund a high-quality creative writing class to be held at Moose Lake State Prison. The class will be an introductory course in creative nonfiction, concentrating on the memoir and personal essay form, adapted from courses taught to undergraduates. Enrollment will consist of 12-15 incarcerated students, allowing for each student to receive an intensive, individualized learning experience.

Melissa Wickwire, Grand Marais, Cook, $5,000:
Support to be used for the Clay Club, which will meet for 16 weeks during April, May, September, October, November and December 2018 from 3:30-5:30. Clay Club will work with two groups of students, grades K-5 the other grades 6-12. Clay Club will be an after-school opportunity for youth to learn, grow, express themselves and connect with others through the complex and creative process of ceramic arts.

Quick Start Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Quick Start funding to the following individual artists in FY18:

Anna Bailey, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to attend a songwriting retreat in Nashville, TN. 

Niki Burger, Two Harbors, Lake, $1,000:
To participate in exhibition, “Filo of the Others” hosted by Lorenzo Pezzatini in Florence, Italy.

Elizabeth Belz, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,000:
Support to attend a fabrication workshop with Andrew Hayes at Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, NC.

Kristina Estell, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Travel cost for airfare to London, UK to participate in the London Art Fair 2018.

Julie Gard, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
With Heidi Mae Niska, support for Ekphrastic Collaboration: Poetry/Photography Exhibit at Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia.

MaryBeth Garmoe, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,000:
Support to purchase a high-quality Tormek Sharpening System to replace an inexpensive grinder.

Paula Gudmundson, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to present and perform at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention in Reston, VA.

Alexander Gutterman, Duluth, St. Louis, $250:
Stipend to support proof of concept shoot for The Hunter feature film.

Tashia Hart, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
To purchase supplies and document work for upcoming “Ojibwe and Nordic Flowers, Vines, and Leaves” exhibition at the Nordic Center in Duluth.

Darren Hauser, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
With Ryuta Nakajima, support to print zines in conjunction with sturgeon-themed art exhibition at Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth.

Bill Isles, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
To help fund the manufacturing of a new music CD which is due out in late December.

Samuel Karns, Duluth, St. Louis, $430:
Support to attend a spoon carving workshop with Niklas Karlsson at North House Folk School in Grand Marais.

Allen Killian-Moore, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to purchase a projector for an upcoming studio visit from a gallery owner.

Kathryn Lenz Peckham, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
To produce audio recordings to share in conjunction with her paintings based on John Milton’s Paradise Lost at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Duluth.

Sarah Malick-Wahls, Ely, St. Louis, $610:
Support to attend birch bark weaving workshop with Vladimir Yarish at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

Briand Morrison, Grand Portage, Cook, $1,000:
To purchase equipment for recording live performances.

Ned Netzel, Duluth, St. Louis, $940:
To replace keyboard for upcoming gigs.

Erin O’Daniel, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to attend an artist residency at Salvage Vanguard Artist Guest House in Austin, TX.

Kyle Ollah, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to record a folk music album with Tom Fabjance at Sacred Heart Recording Studios in Duluth.

Jason Pearson, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to attend the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) annual conference in Montréal, Canada.

Mary Plaster, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to take advantage of an opportunity to do prop and set design for a Children of the Wild theater ensemble performance in Osceola, WI.

Wendy Rouse, Ely, St. Louis, $860:
Support to attend Joseph Paquet Plein Air Workshop in St Paul on June 8 to June 10, 2018.

Felicia Schneiderhan, Duluth, St. Louis, $870:
Support to bring a finished novel manuscript to “The Pitch” conference at The Loft Literary Center.

Neil Sherman, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,000:
Support to frame and ship paintings to Coors Western art exhibition in Denver, CO.

Timothy Stouffer, Ely, St. Louis, $1,000:
With Joey Kenig, support to create work for The Sebastian Project, a collaborative project between the artists.

Glenn Swanson, Carlton, Carlton, $1,000:
Support to upgrade his percussion equipment for the Oldenburg House’s upcoming “Cookin’ at the O” jazz concert series in Carlton.

Breanne Tepler, Duluth, St. Louis, $850:
Support to record tracks at 1979 Studio in Nashville, TN.

Melissa Wickwire, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,000:
Support to purchase a new computer.