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.



Technology/Equipment Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Technology/Equipment funding to the following individual artists on October 20th, 2016:

Reggie Asplund, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,880:
Support to buy a new laptop and an updated version of the Adobe Creative Suite in order to continue pursuing photography.

Jeffrey Brown, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Support to purchase a new computer to be used for scenic design, lighting design, and exhibit design software.

Sean Elmquist, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Support to purchase a high fire ceramic kiln which will be used to make a new body of sculptural ceramic work.

Ann Gumpper, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Support to purchase software, specifically Adobe Photoshop CC, and learn from designers the ways they are combining Photoshop, Vectorworks, Sketch-up and other programs, to enhance drafting, visual imagery and communication with directors and other designers on theatrical projects.

Jacob Jonker, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,680:
grant funding will support the purchase of a “Soloamp” Sound System, “Soloette” Travel Guitar, Zoom A3 Guitar Processor, and Grado headphones to be used for public performances and practice.

Mina Kaiser, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,200:
Support to purchase a desktop computer, large monitor, and the Sibelius Music Composition software.

Stephanie Mirocha, Aitkin, Aitkin, $1,460:
Support to purchase photographic equipment for professional documentation of large size and textured artwork. The equipment consists of camera, macro lens, polarizing filter, tripod and lighting accessories.

Mary Plaster, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Support to hire Azahar Aguilar to create a new artist website with interactive features (blog, newsletter, and store) and a new professional photo album. Ms. Aguilar will instruct on new functions, their usage and potential future additions/improvements.

Ellie Schoenfeld, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,430:
Support for the purchase of a computer with service plan, protective case, protective sleeve, and a printer. Items will be used to continue work as a writer.

Neil Sherman, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,480:
Support to purchase a computer, a new high-quality camera and adaptor lens, and Adobe Photoshop software to better document and present completed works.

Nicholas Sunsdahl, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,480:
Support to purchase a new computer for video editing, processing and rendering.

Tim White, Duluth, St. Louis, $870:
Support to purchase a new digital camera, laptop, and external hard drive for photography.


 

Community Arts Learning Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Arts Learning funding to the following individuals on September 15th, 2016:

Amy Lucas-Peroceski, Chisholm, St. Louis, $6,000:
Support for a free, 4-day art camp for young students which includes instruction in longer art processes such as paper mache and the Eric Carle style painting and creating. This will be held at the Virginia Public Library which will display the created works at the end of the 4-day camp.


 

Quick Start Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Quick Start funding to the following individual artists in FY16:

Robert Adams, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support for a visual art exhibition at Red Herring in Duluth.

Dan Anderson, Grand Rapids, Itasca County:
Support for travel funds to attend two film screenings at festivals in Arkansas and Louisiana, and a solo exhibition of his work in New Mexico.

Reggie Asplund, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support for an exhibition of photography at Perk Place Coffee House in Duluth.

Kirsten Aune, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to attend classes on textile repeats for creating yardage using silkscreen, as well as dyes and pastes with Katy Fischer at The Textile Arts Center in New York.

Robin Bellanger, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to participate in Asemma: The Vessel of Connection exhibition at AICHO in Duluth.

Vernal Bogren Swift, Bovey, Itasca County:
Support to participate in mentorship opportunity with glass artist John Nutter in Vancouver, BC.

Leif Brush, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support for solo lithography retrospective at Northern Printmaker’s Alliance Gallery in Duluth.

Mary Bue, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support for music video post-production and funds to cover a DIY Musician Conference.

Naomi Christenson, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support for inter-disciplinary show incorporating painting, costume, and dance at Duluth Art Institute.

Eric Edgin, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support to travel to Tillers International in Michigan to do a demonstration and exhibition on the art of coopering.

Paula Gudmundson, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support to perform and present at the 44th Annual National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California.

Chuck Haavik, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support to produce a winter-themed collaborative book combining his poetry with the artwork of Aaron Kloss.

William Hurst, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support for a photography exhibition at Red Herring in Duluth.

Tim Kaiser, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support to perform at the Thingamajigs Music Festival in Oakland, California.

Elizabeth LaPensee, Duluth, St. Louis County: 
Support to show digital art prints in the Re- Exhibition opening at Trepenier Hall at Gimaajii Mino-Bimaadiziyaan in Duluth.

Robert LeMettry, Grand Rapids, Itasca County:
Support to attend ceramics workshop with Guillermo Cuellar at Grand Marais Art Colony.

Stephanie Mirocha, Aitkin, Aitkin County:
Support for an exhibit of artwork at the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River.

Kathy McTavish, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to produce public projection installation for Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis.

Catherine Meier, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to frame pieces for exhibition at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids.

David Moreira, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to frame pieces for upcoming exhibition at Duluth Coffee Company in Duluth.

Jamie Ness, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to purchase Shure PSM 300 in-ear monitors for live vocal performances.

Cole Perry, Grand Rapids, Itasca County:
Support to participate in Centroamerica Cuenta 2016 in Managua, Nicaragua.

Esther Piszczek, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support for an exhibition of drawings at Pizza Luce in Duluth.

Wendy Savage, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to participate in Asemma: The Vessel of Connection exhibition at AICHO in Duluth.

Mike Scholtz, Wrenshall, Carlton County:
Support to attend Portland Film Festival in Oregon, for screening of his film, Lost Conquest.

Jean Sramek, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to attend a screenwriting class at the Independent Filmmaker Project in St. Paul.

Eun-Kyung Suh, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to attend Haystack Summer Workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

Jonathan Thunder, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to buy supplies and pay for studio time for upcoming exhibitions in Duluth and Minneapolis

Michelle Wegler, Duluth, St. Louis County:

Support to purchase an iPad to help in the artistic process.

Tim White, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support for a photography exhibition at Duluth Art Institute.

Melissa Wickwire, Grand Marais, Cook County:
Support to defray kiln set-up costs.

Leah Yellowbird, Grand Rapids, Itasca County:
Support to pay for worktime to finish 3 large paintings and organize the opening of my solo show at AICHO in Duluth.


 

 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.