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 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.