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Regional artists awarded SMAC grants

MARSHALL -- Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) announced Wednesday that regional artists have received grants from the organization. Cole Behrends, Lakefield, is receiving a $2,000 Individual Developing Artist Grant for his project, "The Pai...

MARSHALL - Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) announced Wednesday that regional artists have received grants from the organization.

 

Cole Behrends, Lakefield, is receiving a $2,000 Individual Developing Artist Grant for his project, "The Paintbrush Graveyard.” The project will be a series of zines, which will be comprised of four volumes, each with 25 original drawings. The drawings will be done in ink. The grant money will go toward supplies, production of the zines for large-scale circulation, shipping costs, and promotional items to gain more exposure for the artwork and the artist.

 

Bobbie Alsgaard Lien, Rushmore, is receiving a $5,000 Individual Established Career Artist Grant for a new body of work that will build on explorations she's done in a previous body of work on ships to incorporate those visual discoveries into her current subject matter of skewed perspectives on accordions. She plans to work with three-dimensional paintings as well as experiment with using multiple canvases, frames and paintings to create larger cohesive pieces. After completing more work, she plans to update her website, enter juried exhibitions, search out opportunities for solo exhibitions, and put together a presentation to share with classrooms and volunteer workshops about her work and sharing information on grant opportunities with the public. The grant money will go toward studio rent and expenses, updating artist website, jury entrance fees, art supplies, construction fees for assembly of three-dimensional pieces and paid artist time.

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Victoria Hanna McKinney, Walnut Grove,is  receiving a $5,000 Individual Established Career Artist Grant for stitching a series for 30 intimate (4x4 inches) embroideries on black linen exploring human involvement with their environment as it pertains to climate change. She plans to exhibit in multiple galleries, as well as share the series on her websites and Facebook. McKinney also plans to produce high quality greeting cards to allow for the distribution of these images to a wider audience. The grant will go toward supplies and tools, studio equipment, framing materials, printing expenses and paid artist time.

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