Individual Artist Awards
Listed below are the most recent awarded grants from each program. For past program recipients, please contact the office by emailing email@example.com.
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.
Career Development Grant Recipients
ARAC granted $40,000 in Career Development funding to the following individual artists on January 18, 2017:
Adam Swanson, Cloquet, Carlton, $3,000:
Support to aid the creation of 8-10 large paintings directly related to the artist’s experiences working alongside scientists and researchers in the Lake Superior Water Basin. These paintings will show at the Zeitgeist Art Center Atrium Space along with free talks, given by the scientists and myself explaining our partnership and some of the research and data the paintings represent. The exhibition of paintings will be up for one month in May and June of 2018.
Allen Killian-Moore, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,500:
Support for attendance to the Pacific Northwest Film Camp workshop, a week-long hands-on film intensive on Orcas Island in Washington, taught by award-winning film artist, professor Robert Schaller.
Candace LaCosse, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Support to attend an eight-week shoemaking course at Penland School of Craft taught by Rare Craft Fellow Amara Hark-Weber.
Cecilia Lieder, Duluth, St. Louis, $2,500:
Support to cover the printing costs of a book of short stories.
Craig Blacklock, Moose Lake, Carlton, $3,000:
Support to print, frame, ship, and install approximately 30 works of the St. Croix River Watershed to five venues: Mill City Museum; CHARAC Art Center; Phipps Center for the Arts; Minnesota Marine Art Museum; Watershed Gallery within National Eagle Center.
Emily Derke, Dora Lake, Itasca, $3,000:
Support to attend workshops at The Willow Gathering- a week-long willow basketry event featuring world-renowned instructors, and provide time to create a new collection of work following the event using new techniques learned.
Eun-Kyung Suh, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Support to participate in a 4-week residency program as a visual art resident for Studio Kura, Fukuoka-ken, Japan in 2018.
Jacob Jonker, Duluth, St. Louis, $500:
Support to be used to fund private lesson time with classical guitarist Jason Vieaux while he is in Duluth.
Jamie Aubid, Grand Rapids, Itasca, $3,000:
Support to complete a cohesive body of contemporary Anishinaabe beadwork through the lens of current and historical Bullhead clan bead-worker style and techniques.
Kerry Lambertson, Finland, Lake, $3,000:
Support to be used to travel to Nova Scotia in order to build a violin under the tutelage of master violin maker Otis Tomas.
Lance Karasti, Cloquet, Carlton, $3,000:
Support to help the creation of a new film and participation in regional film festivals.
Laura Sellner, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Support to fund the Superior Siren tour of the debut, full-length, self-titled album throughout the Midwestern United States.
Melissa Hepokoski, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Support to complete the first draft of “An American Lotus: A Memoir” by working with a mentor, and attending writing classes and a writing conference.
Ryan Vine, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Support to promote reading tour in Ireland of a new book of poems. Salmon Poetry, has set up a series of readings across the country. Venues include, among others, Poetry Ireland’s headquarters in Dublin and the City Library in Galway.
Wendy Durrwachter, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,000:
Support to fund the production of CDs for a concert being recorded at Sacred Heart Music Center.
Quick Start Grant Recipients
ARAC granted Quick Start funding to the following individual artists in FY17:
Niki Burger, Two Harbors, Lake, $800:
To purchase and move a treadle sewing machine.
Jefferson Campbell, Duluth, St. Louis, $890:
Support to attend the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp at WildAcres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC.
Shannon Cousino, Duluth, St. Louis, $850:
Support to attend the Frogman’s Print Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska, in order to develop Plate Lithography skills.
Bonnie DuFresne, Ely, St. Louis, $1000:
Framing support for February exhibit at the First Stage Gallery at the Lyric Center in Virginia.
Kelly Dupre, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support for framing and promotions for three local art shows in the summer and fall of 2016.
John Finkle, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support to host a community/cooperative traditional Scandinavian wooden boat build in downtown Duluth.
Wendy Hansen, Grand Marais, Cook, $1000:
Support to begin a Writers’ Club for youth in Grand Marais.
Mila Horak, Grand Marais, Cook, $1000:
Support to produce a community mural during the Grand Marais Art Fair.
Nate Johnson, Dora Lake, Itasca, $1000:
Support to attend smelting and forging workshops at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais.
Tim Kaiser, Duluth, St. Louis, St. Louis, $1000:
To defray expenses to travel to San Diego to present and perform at the San Diego Art Institute.
Rachael Kilgour, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support for NYC performance and record release.
Rebecca Koepke, Eveleth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support for framing for upcoming local exhibitions.
Kerry Lambertson, Grand Marais, Cook, $1000:
Support to attend a guitar making workshop at North House Folk School in Grand Marais.
Kathy McTavish, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
To purchase two monitors to exhibit work at the Duluth Art Institute’s Arrowhead Biennial.
Linda Melcher, Two Harbors, Lake, $1000:
Support to present a workshop at Drum Circle Facilitators Gild annual conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Janelle Miller, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support to attend the 5th Ladies of Letterpress Conference in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Adam Moe, Grand Marais, Cook, $1000:
Support for Pushing Chain to attend the 2017 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, MO.
David Moirera, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support for travel expenses for international group show.
Briand Morrison, Grand Portage, Cook, $1000:
To replace broken guitar amplifier.
Ariane Norrgard, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support to complete final editing of a documentary film of Anishinaabe elder Jim Merhar with mentors, for premiere screening at Duluth Superior Film Festival.
Elizabeth Pawlik, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support to attend 3 day intensive metalsmithing course at Quench Jewelry Arts in Minneapolis.
Micaella Penning, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support to document and prepare work for upcoming exhibition at New Scenic Cafe.
Mary Plaster, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support to take advantage of a puppet and mask-making opportunity with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA.
Ellen Sandbeck, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000:
Support to prepare a solo exhibition for the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at AICHO in Duluth.
Olivia Skaja, Deer River, Itasca, $1000:
Support to take violin lessons with Nathan Cole, the associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, via Skype, in preparation for conservatory auditions.
Danielle Sosin, Duluth, St. Louis, $840:
Support to cover home costs while working as a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Adam Swanson, Cloquet, Carlton, $670:
To purchase an iPad, stand and mount adapter for displaying reference photos.
Artist Fellowship Grant Recipients
ARAC granted Artist Fellowship grants of $7,000 to the following individual artists on June 15, 2017:
Daniel Anderson, Grand Rapids, Itasca:
Support to aid participation in an artist residency through Kunstverein Letschebach, an artist group that organizes international arts residencies in Karlsruhe, Germany, and in the German Black Forrest region. The residency invites participation in GLOBAL FORREST, an art exhibition-taking place July 14-16, 2017, in the village of St. Georgen, Germany.
Aaron Squadroni, Coleraine, Itasca:
Support to help create a new body of work of metalpoint drawings based on the landscapes of the Mesabi Iron Range. These works will be shown at the Octagon Center for the Arts in October 2017.
Nathan Bray, Iron, St. Louis:
Support to develop new large scale indoor and outdoor sculptures including wheel thrown and assembled sculptural forms. Some of the new works will incorporate lighting. Funding will also be used to purchase a new pottery wheel capable of making larger pieces and a new larger, electric kiln to fire the new larger works.
Sarah Brokke Erickson, Duluth, St. Louis:
Support to complete the series ‘Reliquaries of the Sacred Feminine’, with four to five large-scale works, exhibit those works, and develop promotional and proposal material for future exhibitions. Works will be first shown at the Washington Galleries in Duluth in September 2017.
Eddy Gilmore, Duluth, St. Louis:
Support to have time to write and self-publish a new book that reflects upon what it means to live locally. The book will contain numerous examples that highlight the artist’s family’s exploration of consistently living locally in as many areas of life as possible.
Tim Kaiser, Duluth, St. Louis:
Support to return to the studio, to experiment with forms and methods, and research some new instrument concepts. At the end of the fellowship there will be two or three new prototype instruments/devices that will be used in the creation of a new work.
Adam McCauley, Duluth, St. Louis:
Support to help create new abstract works and provide exhibition funds to show works at the Art Center of St. Peter in St. Peter, MN; the Nemeth Center for the Arts in Park Rapids, MN; and Banfill-Locke in Fridley, MN.