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Two Anoka-Ramsey Community College Faculty members, Rachel Breen and Mark Lambert were recently awarded 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Grants.

Through the Artist Initiative program, Art Faculty member Rachel Breen was awarded $10,000 to learn to use paint in her stencil transfer process, making her work permanent and allowing her to create outdoor murals. Using this method, Breen will create a public exhibition that displays her expanded practice.

Breen, a Minneapolis-based artist specializing in drawing, painting, installation art, mixed media and socially-engaged art, has exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest in both solo and collaborative exhibitions. Most recently she exhibited 2013 in Made Here: Block E/Artists in Storefronts in Minneapolis (2013) and Open Door 8: 8th Annual Juried Exhibition at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis (2012). Breen’s work was recognized by her first Minnesota State Arts Board Grant (2009), a Minnesota State Fair Drawing Award (2011), and a Field Office Fellowship from the Walker Art Center (2011). Breen was also a McKnight Foundation Award Finalist (2011), has curated exhibitions at the Conduit Gallery (Minneapolis) and the Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

For his work in ceramics, Art Faculty member Mark Lambert was awarded two grants. First, a $9,865 grant to research historical Japanese Iga Ware flower vases, create a new body of work, and professionally document the resulting pottery. As part of the grant, his resulting research will be shared at a public lecture or workshop and he will host an open studio event.

Through the Arts Tour Minnesota program, Lambert received a second grant for $64,038 to bring the result of a previous grant, a documentary titled, Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands, professional film artists and an exhibition of Warren MacKenzie's pottery to three greater Minnesota communities, offering a hands-on film production workshop and screenings of the documentary film.

Lambert has organized numerous ceramic workshops of both emerging and nationally recognized Minnesota artists.  In 2010 he hosted the symposium, Minnesota Ceramics: An Evolving Legacy which included a panel discussion, a distinguished lecture two ceramic shows and workshops. With previous support from Minnesota State Arts Board, Lambert directed Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire project (Nov. 2011 - March 2012) which included workshops, an exhibition in Minneapolis, and the creation of a documentary. Lambert presented the entire project to Bemidji, Grand Marais, Grand Rapids, St. Peter, and Winona, MN. In 2013, Lambert directed his second film, Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands.

 More About the State Arts Board
The State Arts Board program supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. It encourages artistic development, nurtures artistic creativity, and recognizes 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 State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 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.

For more information about the award-winning faculty members at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit AnokaRamsey.edu.