Individual Artist Awards

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


 Artist Fellowship Grant Recipients

 ARAC granted Artist Fellowship grants of $7,000 to the following individual artists on June 16th, 2016:

Emily Derke, Duluth, St. Louis County:
 Support to create a new collection of basketry works, improve skills in aesthetic design and material use, and attend a 6-day willow basketry workshop.

Peter Pestalozzi, Ely, St. Louis County: 
Support to produce work based on a circumnavigation of Lake Superior by Sea Kayak.

Kimberlie Dillon, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to purchase an English horn and pursue an in-depth study on reed making strategies and orchestral excerpts.

Troy Rogers, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to compose new music for robotic instruments; perform robotic instrument upgrades, maintenance, and creation; and document the processed by video.

Elizabeth LaPensee, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to create Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game that merges Woodlands art, Anishinaabe stories, and engaging quick-paced game play.

Kip Praslowicz, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to photograph the Lake Superior Watershed and exhibit selected photographs in 2017.

Leah Yellowbird, Grand Rapids, Itasca County:
Support to research traditional Native medicines, to create paintings of the medicinal plants, to create a traveling exhibit of paintings and narrative for at least three shows, and to create a book/coloring book that can be used with school-age children to teach about medicinal plants.


 

Career Development Grant Recipients

ARAC granted $46,360 in Career Development funding to the following individual artists on June 16th, 2016:

Robert Adams, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to prepare a show for the Duluth Art institute for fall 2017.

Kirsten Aune, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create a dozen garments and four queen sized quilts for an exhibition this November at the Duluth Arts Institute.

Adam Booker, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to attend and perform at the 2016 European Bass Conference at the HAMU Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic.

Judy Budreau, Duluth, St. Louis County, $1,060:
Support to complete a novel and time with a writing mentor.

Ben Cogger, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to build two open-back banjos to be displayed at the Rosewood Music shop in Duluth.

Jeanette Cox, Ely, St. Louis County, $2,910:
Support to create a professional website for marketing works and coordinating workshops.

Eric Dubnicka, Duluth, St. Louis County, $1,460:
Support to create a poster and CD album cover design for the “One Week Live” event in Duluth along with the preparation of an exhibit of past works at the event.

Shaunna Heckman, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to record an EP of new works, to distribute it to local radio stations, and to debut it during a live performance.

Brent Kustermann, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create and exhibit a body of new paintings for an upcoming exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Karen Owsley Nease, Duluth, St. Louis County,$2,840:
Support to have professional scans of works made for promotion and to pay for work time to update artist’s website.

Katherine Sandnas, Hibbing, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create a new collaborative artwork with Ruriko Miyamoto of Japan and to exhibit the works at the Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.

Laura Sellner, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create a new album of old and new works by Superior Siren, which will be recorded at Sacred Heart Recording Studio in Duluth.

Alberto Serrano Rivera, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000: 
Support to record a new album, with Brian Ring of Duluth, for the band A Winter Downpour. It will be released at two events in Duluth.

Alisi Styles, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, $3,000:
Support to travel to the artist’s birth place of Fiji to interview and record tribal leaders and to create a short film of the experience exploring cultural identity.

Nicholas Sunsdahl, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to explore new techniques in filmmaking and to develop a new short film expanding the artist’s resume.

Corey Gice, Duluth, St. Louis County,$2,545:
Support to create a new album with the band Fearless Moral Inventory of Duluth.

Kristen Kaas, Duluth, St. Louis County, $2,545:
Support to study the traditional Scandinavian Rya weaving techniques on the ridged heddle loom and the creation of a collection of newly woven tapestry pieces.


Technology/Equipment Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Technology/Equipment funding to the following individual artists on April 21, 2016:
Andy Messerschmidt, Ely, St. Louis County, $2,000:
Support to purchase a new computer and digital editing software to further an ongoing exploration of newer, computer based media for the artists current medium.
Brian Barber, Duluth, St. Louis County, $1,850:
Support to purchase an Epson SureColor P800 Inkjet Printer, refill inks, and paper for creating fine art giclee prints.
Catherine Meier, Duluth, St. Louis County, $1,870:
Support to purchase a new computer to aid in high-resolution drawing to animation video rendering.
Dan Neff, Duluth, St. Louis County, $2,000:
Support to purchase a 12” flat lapidary grinding wheel to be used in glass working.
Jakob Larson, Duluth, St. Louis County, $2,000:
Support to purchase a Universal Audio Apollo 8p recording interface to aid in studio and location recordings.
Jason Page, Duluth, St. Louis County, $2,000:
Support to purchase a Zenmuse X5 camera and gimbal system to be used in aerial video and future cinematography work.
Laura Sellner, Duluth, St. Louis County, $1,970:
Support to purchase a Marshall acoustic guitar amp, Audiotechnica handheld microphone, and a laptop computer to provide consistent musical practice and performance as well as music recording options.
Michelle Matthees, Duluth, St. Louis County, $1,400:
Support to purchase a new laptop, word processing software, a printer, and fund a website domain hosting.
Mike Scholtz, Wrenshall, Carlton County, $2,000:
Support to purchase a new computer for video editing and processing.
Troy Rogers, Duluth, St. Louis County, $2,000:
Support to purchase an interactive pen display and professional graphics tablet to upgrade decade old technology for graphic design.

Community Arts Learning Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Arts Learning funding to the following individuals on March 18, 2016:
Lyz Jaakola, Cloquet, Carlton County, $3,920:
Support for The Oshkii Giizhik Singers Healing Circle who will work with a group of women to teach them how to make hand drums so that they can in turn teach other women how to make hand drums. The women will later celebrate their new drums and share songs at a public event that widens the circle.
 
Troy Rogers, Duluth, St. Louis County, $5,670:
Support for an in-depth arts learning opportunity in the form of a two week summer camp offered for students in grade 7-12 in the Quad Cities and surrounding area. This format will serve an expanded group of learners and provide a more intensive technical and aesthetic educational experience then past workshops.

Quick Start Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Quick Start funding to the following individual artists in FY15:

Kathleen McTavish, Duluth, St. Louis County, $280:
Support to participate in Conference on Deep Listening at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York.

Rachael Kilgour, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to attend retreat hosted by Catie Curtis in Georgetown Island, Maine.

Jessica Roeder, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to attend Dance for Parkinson’s training in New York, New York.

Amy Clark, Duluth, St. Louis County, $420:
Support for book release event for Remnants of the Disappeared at Prøve Gallery in Duluth.

Lory Worthing, Deer River, Itasca County, $750:
Support for exhibition at UCare Skyway Senior Center in Minneapolis.

Jeffrey Kalstrom, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support for performances accompanying sculpture at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer.

Paula Gudmudson, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to attend, present, and broadcast recitals at the Honduras Flute Festival in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Carla Hamilton, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support for artwork documentation and framing for exhibitions at Washington Studios and Benchmark Tattoo in Duluth.

Trudy Vrieze, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support for framing of photographs for first solo exhibition at Perk Place Coffee Shop in Duluth.

John Zasada, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, $750:
Support to teach woven birch bark ornament workshops in Deer River for the Tree-To-D.C. project.

Michelle Wegler, Duluth, St. Louis County, $600:
Support for acrylic glazing to protect pastel artwork.

Mary Plaster, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support for temporary studio rent/storage for large puppets.

Michael Nordin, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support for photography exhibition at Pizza Luce in Duluth.

Troy Rogers, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to perform at Art Basel Miami in Miami, Florida.

Eric Meyer, Duluth, St. Louis County, $713:
Support to receive vocal coaching while on the road performing with the Washington-Idaho Symphony.

Kristina Estell, Duluth, St. Louis County, $360:
Support for feature in Studio Visit magazine.

Rachel Nelson, Two Harbors, Lake County, $750:
Funding to attend Drum Circle Facilitators Guild National Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Betsy Hunt, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Framing support for exhibition at Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis.

Cody Paulson, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Framing support for Port City Supply photography exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth.

Brent Kustermann, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to present visual artwork at the Red Herring in Duluth.

Darrell Chosa, Ely, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to create a body of work for an exhibition at the Chocolate Moose in Ely.

Katherine Sandnas, Hibbing, St. Louis County, $750:
Travel support for collaboration opportunity with Ruriko Miyamoto and Ting Ju Shao at the Shigaraki Ceramic Research Center in Shigaraki, Japan.

Alberta Marana, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support for exhibition at Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Entertainment in Duluth.

Candace LaCosse, Duluth, St. Louis County, $600:
Support to pay booth fee for American Craft Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

Florencia Matamoros, Duluth, St. Louis County, $660:
Support to present Homegrown Illustration exhibit at Prøve Gallery in Duluth.

Sam Miltich, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, $750:
Support to purchase a computer and upgrade software.

Stephanie Mirocha, Aitkin, Aitkin County, $750:
Support to present exhibition at Karmady Yoga & Fitness Center in Aitkin.

Angie Frank, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to attend The Dramaturgy of Forum Theatre: Exploring New Possibilities Workshop with Julian Boal in Chicago.

Richard Colburn, Duluth, St. Louis County, $745:
Support to subsidize an Eveleth Clown Band portraiture project in Eveleth.

Kyle Lind, Tower, St. Louis County, $720:
Support to study black ash basketry with April Stone Dahl in Gurney, Wisconsin.

Emily Derke, Duluth, St. Louis County, $380:
Support to attend National Basketry Conference in Minneapolis.

Pamela Davis, Ely, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to attend Fundamentals of Beadwork workshop with Judy Walker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lisa McKhann, Duluth, St. Louis County, $750:
Support to choreograph a performance for Dances on the Lakewalk in Duluth.

Peter Pestalozzi, Ely, St. Louis County, $750:
Support for travel to Winona, MN for Art of Fine Furniture show at the Winona Historical Society.