Arrowhead Region Artists Receive Minn. State Arts Board Funding

By KBJR News 1

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Minnesota State Arts Board awarded 228 grants to Minnesota artists and organizations through the Artist Initiative, Cultural Community Partnership, and Arts Learning grant Programs.

14 Arrowhead region artists and organizations received Artist Initiative or Arts Learning grants.

Arrowhead Region Artist Initiative Grant Recipients:

Alison Aune of Duluth -- $6,900
Aune will create Dekorgldje: Scandinavian-Minnesota Paintings, a body of work that reinterprets historic and symbolic textiles into new art forms. The work will be exhibited in Sweden and Minnesota.
Mitchell Bercier of Carlton -- $2,600
Bercier will create a 24-page comic book and distribute it to independent comic book retailers throughout the state and the country.
Frank Big Bear of Duluth -- $10,000
Big Bear will create one large-scale collage about his Chippewa heritage and three large-scale assemblages for a solo exhibition at the Bockley Gallery in the fall of 2013.
Catherine Holm of Cook -- $10,000
Holm will complete a first draft of her novel Women in the Sky. She will seek out an agent for her completed memoir, Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time, and give two readings at a local humane society from this work.
Margaret Holmes of Hibbing -- $10,000
Holmes will complete a new series of work and develop a Web site. She will give an artist's talk at Hibbing Community College and conduct a workshop at Hibbing High School for photography students.
Richard Johnson of Duluth -- $7,912
Johnson will publish a photography book, The Other Side of Wilderness, about the Arrowhead region of the state. An exhibition will coincide with the book launch in Duluth.
Michael Monroe of Grand Marais -- $10,000
Monroe will produce and promote a new DVD, Michael Monroe Live at the Log Cabin Concert, created from five live concerts to showcase his music in audio and visual format.
Peter Pestalozzi of Ely -- $10,000
Pestalozzi will use Lake Superior imagery, sketches, photographs, and writing as inspiration for new furniture pieces. He will exhibit this work in Grand Marais, Ely, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Minneapolis.
Mike Scholtz of Wrenshall -- $10,000
Scholtz will direct a documentary about Minnesota's curious obsession with its own Viking heritage. He will screen the film in Duluth and Minneapolis.
Jo Wood of Duluth -- $10,000
Wood will create a new collection of fiber and beadwork focused on the many layered meanings of home. She will have an exhibition at One Roof Community Housing offices in Duluth.
Caleb Wood of Grand Rapids -- $10,000
Wood will create an experimental animated film that focuses on Minnesota’s diverse and unique landscapes, wildlife, and humanity. He will organize a series of screenings around the state.
Saint James Home of Duluth, Inc. -- $40,000
At-risk youth will learn and apply script writing and acting skills to develop a theatrical production for schools and the community. The project will explore the complexities of bullying and encourages self-reflection and self-empowerment through the arts.
South Ridge School of Culver -- $77,856
Frank Theatre, a Twin Cities based professional theater, will partner with South Ridge, an elementary/middle school in northern Minnesota. The residency will build students' writing and reading skills, performing ability, and confidence through the use of theater games and writing exercises.
Tofte Lake Center of Ely -- $7,673
Tofte Lake Center will expand its visual arts program offerings with an August 2013 week-long workshop for adults. Two teaching artists and a botanist will help participants explore the natural world through observation, drawing, and photography.

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