The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.
Calvin Rice of Bemidji was awarded $900 to purchase a photo-quality data projector to adequately display his art photographs during teaching and slide exhibitions.
Judith Kay Larson of Baudette was awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies and learn how to fire silver metal clay and torch fuse argentum wire for jewelry making.
Wendell Affield of Shevlin was awarded $1,000 to promote and market his memoir Muddy Jungle Rivers.
Jeff Burger of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to fund a mentorship with pottery artist Linda Christianson to help him in the firing of a new wood-fired soda kiln at his studio.
Kathy Towley of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to purchase a larger capacity wood lathe to allow her to explore and expand her creative process through woodturning.
Erin Lynn Marsh of Bemidji was awarded $600 to mentor with established poet Sharon Chmielarz to work on her poetry with the goal of producing a manuscript that can be sent in to a book contest and also to publishers.
Julia E. Lamon of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to travel to Italy and participate in Opera Siena, where she will learn Italian, receive vocal coaching and perform in operas.
Wendi Storbeck of Baudette was awarded $748 to learn Renaissance Italian Masters portrait painting in oils from Frank Covino.
Erik Evensen of Bemidji was awarded $724 to upgrade his equipment in order to produce, in collaboration with composer Andrew Boysen, Jr., a commissioned project by a body of schools and universities.
Joe Rossi of Blackduck was awarded $653 to purchase a digital camera to use to photographically document one year in the life of a bog.