Awarded: MN Artist Initiative Grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board awarded me a 2018-2019 Artist Initiative Grant to showcase the series, "The Unchosen Ones" to the county fairs where the work was created in 2016 (also grant supported). I've been busy working on this project over the last few months, interviewing many of the participants in my project (some featured in National Geographic magazine), asking them life skills-related questions about their efforts raising their animal. My grant proposal included the construction of banner displays that would be exhibited at 6-8 fairs in Minnesota. 

In addition, I built a website that showcases more about the project >> The Unchosen Ones.

I have successfully exhibited the book four times: first at the Hennepin History Museum, and then three fairs.

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 "The Unchosen Ones" community exhibition of photography at the Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis, MN.

"The Unchosen Ones" community exhibition of photography at the Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis, MN.

 Cass County Fair, Minnesota, 2018.

Cass County Fair, Minnesota, 2018.

 Mahnomen County Fair, Minnesota, 2018.

Mahnomen County Fair, Minnesota, 2018.

 Cannon Valley Fair, Minnesota, 2018

Cannon Valley Fair, Minnesota, 2018

One of the most meaningful highlights so far from this project was reconnecting with kids from featured in the project. Thumbs up!

 4-H kids at the Mahnomen County Fair with R. J. Kern at the travelling community exhibition supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

4-H kids at the Mahnomen County Fair with R. J. Kern at the travelling community exhibition supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.