The Minnesota State Arts Board recently announced their Artist Initiative Grant recipients and we’re thrilled to recognize a number of MNO Alumni on the list. These grants are awarded to “artists at all stages of their careers, to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.” It was such a pleasure to shoot with each of these 15 artists and we look forward to seeing what they create with these funds.

Read on for links to each artist’s MNO piece as well as their intended project descriptions from the Arts Board website.

Congratulations to all the Artist Initiative Grant recipients!

Scott Lloyd Anderson
Anderson will create paintings of local, contemporary, urban, and suburban environments, many to be painted on location, culminating in an exhibition.

Bounxou Daoheuang
Daoheuang will design and create a traditional silk weaving of the White House in this ancient form of Laotian textile art.

Guillermo Cuellar (in production)
Cuellar will build a propane-fired soda glaze kiln with used brick, new burners, and kiln shelves. With the assistance of a pottery student, he will have an exhibition of new work in soda glaze.

Susana di Palma (in production)
Di Palma will attend the 17th Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, attend twenty concerts, take classes in singing for dance, and do research and prep work on “Con Vivir,” a theater/flamenco piece.

Kyle Fokken (in production)
Fokken will research and explore how to translate the style of his small indoor sculpture into large, durable, outdoor work and purchase equipment that will enable him to work safely.

Karen Gustafson (in production)
Gustafson will frame completed drawings and begin a new phase of work. She will participate in several open studios so visitors may see her finished work and view the new series as it develops. In addition, she will take a ten-session workshop to build her business skills at Springboard for the Arts.

Terry Gydesen
Gydesen will document the 2012 election cycle, focusing on issues unique to the state of Minnesota. She will also create an interactive Web site with words and images to encourage dialogue, debate, and education.

Ed Bok Lee
Lee will complete his first manuscript of short stories, while communally workshopping the pieces at established open microphone venues located in or near the Twin Cities neighborhoods in which each story is set.

Dean Lucker
Lucker will adapt and install one of his mechanical sculptures for temporary exhibition at several public institutions within Minnesota.

Guante
Tran Myhre will hire professional videographers to record a spoken word poetry performance and put together a professional electronic press kit (EPK) to be used in booking negotiations. He will organize and promote at least one spoken word event to complete this project.

Bao Phi
Phi will tour and promote his first collection of poetry, “Song I Sing,” in at least five major cities around the country. He will present at least one performance in the Twin Cities.

Aparna Ramaswamy
Ramaswamy will present solo performances in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland, as part of the internationally known Soorya Festival. Upon her return to Minnesota, Ramaswamy will present an informal performance and talk that will be free and open to the public.

Monica Reede
Reede will produce and document new work for an upcoming exhibition at the Bloomington Art Center in Bloomington, in January 2013.

Andréa Stanislav
Stanislav will bring concepts and imagery from her sculpture into her video work with the purchase of hardware and software. She will then exhibit the new work at a Twin Cities gallery.

Asia Ward (in production)
Ward will research requirements and develop a sculpture that represents a section of the Saint Croix River for installation in a public space.