I applied for the Individual Artist award several years ago and didn’t make the cut. And I almost didn’t apply this year, my own little “demon of resistance” saying “oh don’t bother, you’re just a photographer”. But I applied anyway. Had nothing to lose but the time spent crafting what I even thought was a kick ass artist statement. And then the challenge was what to include for the seven sample images.
When choosing the images, I wanted to really key in on something from my artist statement: My artistic journey is to create photographic imagery that is about something, not of something. I ask myself, ‘what do I want this image to feel like?’" What is striking to me is some of this imagery ranges from four/five years ago to the winter of 2018. I’m happy that I still like many of the images I took years ago. And I’m really happy that the grant panelists did, too!
This is the list of artists who received the grant. I know a couple of them, and admire their work. And as hoaky as it sounds, it truly is an honor to be a part of this fantastic group of artists.
Fiscal Year 2019 Individual Artist Award* recipients are:
Glenn Quist, Visual Artist/Painting – Sherburne County
Dan Mondloch, Visual Artist/Watercolor – Stearns County
Craig Palm, Visual Artist/Sculpture – Sherburne County
JD Jorgenson, Visual Artist/Wood-fired Ceramics – Stearns County
Barb Kellogg, Visual Artist/Photography – Stearns County
Charles Norwood, Visual Artist/Photography – Stearns County
Timothy Takach, Music Composer – Sherburne County
Photography submitted for the Individual Artist Award
Quite an eclectic collection, if I do say so myself. But I feel all fall under the main idea within my artist statement of “what do I want this image to feel like”. You can click on an image to view larger.
What does receiving this mean as it applies to my work this year?
It means I can relax a little and not worry so much about money. I’ve got business expenses that are pretty standard year over year, so those are covered. And the grant money gives me a cushion to try to fully fund the mental illness book this year. Soon I’ll be figuring out a rough budget for producing my book (which doesn’t even count the hundred of hours I’ve put into it), then I’ll know if I need to look at other funding sources to make it happen. It’s all an adventure! And this grant made it a lot more possible.
And speaking of sales…
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*The Individual Artist Award provides up to seven (7) awards of $3,500 each to outstanding artists living in the Minnesota counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns or Wright. (Region 7W) The purpose of the award is to recognize and support individual artists in various stages of their careers.
"This activity is made possible through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to funds provided by The McKnight Foundation."