2016 Grant Recipients

Midway Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2016 Visual Arts Fund grant. Jurors Betsy Carpenter (Independent Curator, Minneapolis), Alejandro Cesarco (Artist and Director of ART Press, New York), and Anthony Huberman (Director and Chief Curator, The Wattis Institute, San Francisco) selected the eight funded projects from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

2016 Juror Bios

Betsy Carpenter is an independent curator, writer, and educator. She worked as a curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center from 2001-2013. Prior to the Walker, Carpenter served on the curatorial team responsible for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective (1997). In 2001, as guest curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings, she curated Jim Dine Prints: 1985 – 2000 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, for which she also wrote and edited a catalogue raisonné of Dine’s graphic work from that period.

Alejandro Cesarco is a Uruguayan artist living in New York. He is the Director of the non-profit arts organization, Art Resources Transfer. Cesarco’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. These exhibitions addressed, through different formats and strategies, his recurrent interests in repetition, narrative, and the practices of reading and translating.

Anthony Huberman is Director and Chief Curator of The Wattis Institute in San Francisco. He was Founding Director of The Artist’s Institute in New York and a distinguished lecturer at Hunter College. Huberman has previously worked as chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and as curator at both the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and SculptureCenter in Long Island City. He has published articles in art periodicals including Artforum, Afterall, DotDotDot and Frieze.


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Anomalous Expansion II

Lead Organizer: Mohamud Mumin
Awarded: $10,000

Soomaal House of Art’s Anomalous Expansion II provides studio space, studio critiques, artistic community, and mentorships for younger Somali artists and an exhibition space with educational programming. The 2017 program is an extension of the first Anomalous Expansion exhibition’s mission to explore the significance of the sacred space, the Masjid, as both a public and private sphere and serve as an alternative art location that affords artists secure footing in their community. This project will foster artistic experimentation in exploring Somali Muslim American identity within the supportive environment of the Mosque and expose many Somalis to art as routinely as possible.

Level Ground at Yeah Maybe

Lead Organizer: Madeline Butler
Awarded: $10,000

Yeah Maybe will bring together, in exhibition and conversation, established and emerging artists from across the country. This Level Ground series consists of four shows that take place simultaneously in the Minneapolis Yeah Maybe gallery space and an online exhibition platform. A portion of the funding will be used to create the online platform, with the rest going directly to exhibiting artists for travel, materials and labor. This series, interspersed with the gallery’s regular programming, will enrich the Twin Cities art scene by providing increased opportunities, and new terrain, for creation and conversation.


Lead Organizer: Oakley Tapola
Awarded: $10,000

WOPOZI acts as an unorthodox exhibition space, a portable gallery, that showcases the work of artists from the Twin Cities community. With its nation-wide distribution it is also a catalyst for local artists to reach an extended audience. During the grant period three magazine-sized newsprint issues of WOPOZI will be produced and distributed. The publication is submission based and each issue will feature the work of a singular artist or collaborative/collective group of artists. The call for submissions is open to the public and will last two months per issue. WOPOZI does not collect a submission fee and does not require anyone to submit a resume. It is important that the artists are selected based on their written and visual work samples and the overall excellence of their proposal.

Beyond Beyond Repair

Lead Organizer: Sam Gould
Awarded: $5,000

Beyond Repair is a bookstore and publishing site located within the Midtown Global Market which serves as a “creative civics lab” for neighbors of Minneapolis’ 9th Ward. We see publication as the act of public-making; anything that highlights the space in between bodies, and, in some fashion, attempts to bridge that divide; a book, a table, the Greenway (for instance). As we move into our second of three years, support for Beyond Beyond Repair will allow us to focus attention from the relationships we have built within the shop out into the neighborhood at large with public projects of varying scope.

Feminist Video Quarterly

Lead Organizer: Chelsea Parker
Awarded: $5,000

Feminist Video Quarterly is a growing community of female-identified and non-binary artists in the Twin Cities. FVQ hosts quarterly events at different art spaces across Minneapolis, including Minneapolis Television Network, The White Page, Licorice Beach, and Yeah Maybe. Each event consists of an opening musical performance, and a 45-minute screening of video work. Our mission is to create a network of support for artists by developing a community around their artwork. Our goals for 2017 is to expand into the Saint Paul alternative art scene, pay venues, and supply musicians and video artists a stipend for screening their work.

Sadie Halie Projects

Lead Organizer: Patrick Gantert
Awarded: $5,000

Sadie Halie Projects is an artist-run exhibition space for contemporary art and culture located in Minneapolis, MN. Sadie Halie Projects was founded in 2012 by Jennie Ekstrand and Patrick Gantert. Our mission is simple: To support and facilitate artists in the production and realization of new and experimental work. Funding will support programming for Sadie Halie’s 2017 exhibition season, provide stipends for exhibiting artists, create a travel and shipping budget, cover general upkeep and improvements to the space, and launch a new website.


Lead Organizer: Katelyn Farstad
Awarded: $5,000

Gas Gallery and Press (GAS) will produce a second episode of Shave Your Coat, a collaborative video originally intended for public access television. GAS will use this opportunity to make their second episode more visually and technically refined by renting a studio space at MTN (Minnesota Television Network) to film content in a setting that allows for more visual control. GAS will invite artists to submit video content through an open call.

2017 WZFR Experimental Film Screening

Lead Organizer: Ben Moren
Awarded: $5,000

WZFR, or Waabizipinikaan-Ziibi Filmmaking Residency, is a rural, low-res program for filmmakers from across disciplines that encourages sharing, collaboration, and the use of local resources for the creation of short experimental films. In its fourth year, the residency encourages filmmakers to make works that respond directly to the region’s unique environment. We will expand our public screening by offering filmmakers a stipend for the production and showing of their films. Screenings take place on a custom built screen suspended over a body of water that draws attention to the site responsiveness of the films.