Recent 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 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.


Career Development Grant Recipients

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

Briand Morrison, Grand Portage, Cook, $3,000
Support to produce a thirty-six-minute video entitled “Musical Impressions: The Art Of Hazel Belvo,” consisting of images by Hazel Belvo music by Briand Morrison. The music is to be inspired by the images selected by Hazel Belvo and composed and recorded in-house by the applicant.

Carla Hamilton-Eisele, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to fund the completion of a new body of work and prepare it to be shown at the Prøve Gallery.

Elizabeth Belz, Grand Marais, Cook, $3,000
Support to fund the purchase of materials and tools, and artist time, to fabricate a large-scale sculpture for the River City Sculptural Tour in Stillwater, MN.

Joe Baltich, Ely, Lake, $1,080
Support to fund watercolor instruction with award-winning artist Catherine Hearding at her studio in Lake Elmo, MN for 12 hours of one-on-one instruction.

Katherine Sandnas, Hibbing, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to fund participation in the 2018 Taiwan Ceramics Biennial to be held in the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Kathleen McTavish, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support the development, documentation, testing and sharing of a cross-sensory, web-based, generative work called “cloud factory ::: swarm.” This will result in an online hypermedia web portal and an installation at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis during the Spring of 2019.

Kathleen Rice, Grand Marais, Cook, $3,000
Support to fund the artist while they complete “A Return to the Table” a third in a trilogy of books and begin the editing process for printing.

Kirsten Aune, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to produce two queen-sized quilts and produce screen printed merchandise for an exhibit at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

Laura Goodman, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to fund the creation of a choreographed ballet piece interpreting four paintings of waves, by local artist Karen Owsley Nease, that will be projected onto a backdrop behind the dancers.

Lisa Kosmo, Two Harbors, Lake, $3,000
Support to fund the creation of new works to be shown during the 20/20 Tour and at the Cedar Coffee Company of Two Harbors.

Marc Gartman, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to fund the recording of a new album of new original music with Jerree Small and Matt Mobley as the band Coyote. Jake Larson will engineer and Steve Garrington will produce.

Rachel Colber, Ely, St. Louis, $2,990
Support to participate in the five day “Figure in the landscape” class offered by Tara Sweeney on movement in watercolor and lessons in composition at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Sarah Krueger, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to fund studio recording, production, mixing, and mastering of a new full-length album.

Scott Lunt, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support the artist for time to create fifteen new quilts for a show at the Kruk Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Superior.

Sharon Shuck, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to fund the research for and completion of the novel “Blood Memories and Unbroken Spirit.”

Susanna Gaunt, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000
Support to fund the preparation of works for a solo show at the Kruk Gallery at University of Wisconsin Superior from November 8 to December 21, 2018.

 


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.

 


Technology/Equipment Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Technology/Equipment funding to the following individual artists on April 19, 2018:

Elizabeth Belz, Grand Marais, Cook, $2,000:
Support to purchase a new welding system which will assist the artist in continuing to work on small-scale sculptural bodies as well as move into larger-scale works.

Benjamin Braff, Grand Rapids, Itasca, $1,820:
Support to be used to purchase an analog camera and accessories to help the artist reenter the photography medium after spending many years working as a digital filmmaker.

Ben Cogger, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,790:
Support to be used to purchase a dust collection system to be used in while the artist creates banjos to create a safer and cleaner work environment.

Justin Dallas, Knife River, Lake, $1,700:
Support to purchase an iPad for the creation of digital sketches, lighting equipment for better photo documentation of completed works and equipment to produce metal frames for the hand-carved wooden works.

David Everett, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,000:
Support to be used to purchase a gantry hoist system to assist in the creation and movement of large metal sculptural works.

Corey Gice, Duluth, St. Louis, $650:
Support to assist in the purchase of a protective case for the artist’s guitar pedal effect board as well as additional guitar pedals.

Tammy Horton, Grand Rapids, Itasca, $1,930:
Support to purchase new lapidary equipment used in the creation of jewelry.

Jeffrey Kalstrom, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,530:
Support to purchase an inkjet printer and paper cutter to produce large-scale collage prints.

Brent Kustermann, Duluth, St. Louis, $580:
Support to be used to purchase a mat cutting system which will allow the artist to prepare and frame prints.

Jason Page, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Support to assist in the purchase of a new computer for video editing and rendering.

Howard Ross, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Support to purchase audio recording and mixing equipment including a laptop computer to allow the artist to create new pieces.

David Seaton, Grand Marais, Cook, $2,000:
Support to pay for the creation of a website to display the artists’ handcrafted string instruments.

Ashley Wereley, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,000:
Support to purchase a new computer to assist in drafting theatrical scene designs.


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.