Artists Initiative Grants

Eleven members of the MCAD community have been recognized with 2012 Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board:
eight alumni, one student, and two faculty.

Norm Andersen ’76

Anderson will expand his skills in metal working by learning how to TIG weld and he will create new work that makes use of these skills. He will share his results with the public through public showings and workshops. $10,000

Raina Belleau ’11

Belleau will complete a "Natural History Museum" installation that uses the scientific method and Darwinian ideology to create an unusual and surprising exhibition that explores the human/animal dichotomy. $10,000

Terri Fullerton ’08

Fullerton will make large-scale photographs of military families while they have a loved one that is fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. She plans to display the photos in libraries, local businesses, and other venues. $9,500

Monica Haller ’05, MFA

Haller will create a series of large format photos and video in New Orleans to document the deteriorating land in the delta. The project will be exhibited in the Twin Cities along the Mississippi River during the Northern Spark Festival. $10,000

Jennifer Garza ’11

Garza, an animator, will use the story of a mute character, Breakers, to challenge audiences to experience another world - a world without sound. $10,000

Dean Lucker ’85

Lucker will adapt and install one of his mechanical sculptures for temporary exhibition at several public institutions within Minnesota. $10,000

Paula McCartney, adjunct faculty

McCartney will produce and frame fifty photographs from her series, A Field Guide to Snow and Ice. Before the end of the grant period, she will give a public lecture to students majoring in photography, about securing venues and producing work for exhibition. $10,000

Natasha Pestich, associate professor

Pestich will create stage-like tableaus from large-scale screen-printed work she creates in the studio. A solo exhibition and artist lecture will be held atthe Schaeffer Gallery, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter during the winter of 2012. $7,900

Jane Powers ’98, MFA

Powers will gain proficiency with slip cast porcelain technique and electronics to create a new body of work titled, "Amorous Beauty Skins," for exhibitions that will establish her as a mid-career artist. $10,000

Melissa Stang ’85

Stang will develop and exhibit new ceramic work that addresses the economic impact that over-fishing has on small, independent fishermen. $10,000

Luke Tromiczak ’12

Tromiczak will create large scale paintings, inspired by the narratives of several families who immigrated at different times to Minnesota. The work will be exhibited in Minneapolis and in other cities around the state. $8,400