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 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, Knife River, 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.

Career Development Grant Recipients

ARAC granted $43,640 in Career Development funding to the following individual artists on January 21, 2016:

Adam McCauley, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to exhibit abstract paintings at the Duluth Art Institute in conjunction with an artist talk about motivations and ideas.

Andy Bennett, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to travel to Vietnam while conducting research and interviewing his father for a new book. He will then travel to the Association of Writers and Writings Programs conference in the Spring of 2016 to show the manuscript to agents and publishers.

Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to record and produce a high quality follow-up full length record by Red Mountain.

Brett Grandson, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to participate in a darkroom printmaking workshop with master printer Dana Sullivan to improve palladium and platinum printing skills and will also perform public demonstrations by volunteering through the Duluth Art Institute.

Chris Monroe, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create a new series of art pieces for a 2016 show based on Duluth locations where nature and civilization collide, and the people and animals who inhabit those spaces together.

Craig Blacklock, Moose Lake, Carlton County, $3,000:
Support to participate in the Houston FotoFest, a portfolio review by top museum curators and gallery owners from around the world.

Jamie Ness, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create a series of music videos to accompany songs from his recently released album for online viewing and will host a live screening.

Jean Sramek, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create a character bible, a detailed description of characters in a narrative story, for the original web series “Old Lifty” and will also create three full drafts for Episodes Two, Three, and Four.

Joshua Bernstein, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to complete a volume of creative nonfiction essays for publication and share them at a public reading at UMD.

Julie Gard, Duluth, St. Louis County, $1,660:
Support to conduct an East Coast book tour to promote, publicize, and share work from her first book Home Studies with stops in New York, NY and Philadelphia, Ardmore, and Bryn Mawr, PA.

Marc Gartman, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to assemble a group of artists to record a suite of new music and then make a short film of a live performance at Prøve Gallery and to have new music recorded and distributed by Chaperone Records.

Mary Bue, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to record a 4-5 song EP at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 Studio and press her first vinyl EP.

Paul Losik, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, $2,980:
Support to upgrade techniques and equipment necessary to increase efficiency in spindle turning wood for the creation of ladder-back chair parts, Shaker pedestal bases and end table legs and to gain introductory knowledge and techniques in turning natural-edge decorative bowls.

Paula Gudmundson, Duluth, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to perform at the La Côte Flute Festival, in October 2016 in La Cote, Switzerland in a program titled La Flauta of Buenos Aires.

Peter Pestalozzi, Ely, St. Louis County, $3,000:
Support to create new works to update and improve the quality of his work sample used in applications to Museums and Shows and will apply to the Smithsonian Craft Show and initiate the process for exhibitions at regional Museums.


Artist Fellowship Grant Recipients

 ARAC granted Artist Fellowship grants of $5,000 to the following individual artists on June 18, 2015:

Anne-Marie Erickson, Grand Rapids, Itasca County:
Support to complete a collection of essays about dementia, culminating in a public reading.

Anthony Ferguson, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to design and build a portable high fire efficient fiber gas kiln for firing.

Angie Frank, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to develop a script that dramatizes and conceptualizes birth experiences based on oral history interviews and consult with a mentor playwright, oral historian, and birth educator.

Crystal Gibbins, Duluth, St. Louis County
Support to complete a full-length poetry manuscript and give a public reading of the finished work.

Shawna Gilmore, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to fund supplies and framing for a new body of work to be exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute.

Nicole Jerome, International Falls, Koochiching County:
Support to purchase an etching press to improve skills in dry point intaglio, relief, and monotype printing.

Catherine Meier, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to complete animated drawings and installations for an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Jason Page, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to complete a short film using the same dialogue in three different environments to be presented with a director’s cut.

Karen Savage Blue, Sawyer, Carlton County:
Support to develop plein air oil painting skills, attend a workshop on plein air style, and exhibit works.

Francine Sterle, Iron, St. Louis County:
Support to hire a publicist to develop a promotional plan including strategy, press materials, social media, and connections with publishers for her third full-length collection “What Thread?”

Adam Swanson, Cloquet, Carlton County:
Support to take part in a class with Tonja Sell to develop portrait and figure drawing skills.

Tina Higgins Wussow, Duluth, St. Louis County:
Support to complete a collection of short stories in conjunction with one-on-one mentoring with Patricia Weaver Francisco through the Loft Literary Center.


 

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.