Anoka-Ramsey faculty awarded state arts board grants

Three Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty members, Aaron Dysart, Kathryn Kysar and Laura E. Migliorino, have been awarded 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board grants through the artist initiative program.

For visual art, adjunct art faculty member Aaron Dysart was awarded $9,500 to serve as artist-in-residence on a southern Minnesota cattle farm to study people’s relationship to the land they occupy.

He will produce site-specific installations on the farm and exhibit them at the family’s annual Lobster Feed and conduct a lecture at Silverwood Park in Minneapolis.

Dysart was a Jerome fellow at Franconia Sculpture Park in 2007 and 2012 and was awarded a fellowship for sustainable art making through Public Art St. Paul in 2008.

In 2010 he was awarded a public project grant through forecast public art to create and row a boat made out of soap on the Mississippi River.

For poetry, English faculty member Kathryn Kysar was awarded $7,826 to work on the first draft of a new manuscript about remembering.

She will make audio recordings of her work and travel to rural communities to conduct readings with local writers.

Kysar has published “Pretend the World” and “Dark Lake” and edited a collection of essays, “Riding Shotgun: Women Write about their Mothers.”

She has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

For photography, art faculty member Laura E. Migliorino was awarded $8,100 to create “Bordering the Minnesota Angle,” a series of photographs that capture life in a section of the state that is surrounded by Canada and accessible from Minnesota only by water.

She will exhibit the photographs in Warroad.

This marks Migliorino’s second state grant award.

Her work has been recognized by numerous awards including the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art Purchase Award prize and one piece was purchased by the Walker Arts Center.

The State Arts Board program supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers, encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity and recognizing the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Activities are funded, in part, through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota Nov. 4, 2008.

Grants are awarded for career-building and for the creative development of artists in all artistic disciplines including dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater and two- and three-dimensional visual arts.

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