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Grin City Artist Collective's renovation of our brick barn and corn crib into additional studio space to welcome 30 artists a year.

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Grin City Collective is dedicated to fostering new types of creative thinking and social impact for artists and non-artists alike.

What’s This Mean?

Grin City is an Artist Residency welcoming artists in all mediums. We provide housing, studio space, and the time and creative space to make creative work. We are also a volunteer collective. All residents participate in regular community outreach to gain exposure to the rural community of Central Iowa. In return, the community gains exposure to an international array of art and artists. Past residents have helped build sets for the Grinnell High School fall play, planned a free bagel & art day, organized a free shop, volunteered at the animal shelter, and taught children’s art classes.

How Kickstarter Will Help

We have reached the critical mass where we must expand and improve our studios. The rural Iowa farm on which Grin City is situated is not without its eccentricities, and we plan to highlight the unique space. First generation studios have been built in a former tofu factory, but we have reached capacity and need to expand from our current 5 studios to 4-6 more. These studios will be built in two out-buildings: the Brick Barn and the Corn Crib. But both of these spaces need major renovations to get them in working order.

Funds from this Kickstarter will literally help us raise the walls of our residency. Studio walls will be built and insulated; electric heating and cooling will be installed (it gets both very hot and very cold in Iowa). The Corn Crib will require some structural renovations to install the writers’ studios and build a mezzanine-communal-area in the loft between. Any additional funds raised over $10,000 will go toward new windows in our 130-year-old residency house, many of which are cracked from decades of use.

All renovation and building work will be done by community volunteers and artists.

Help us make Grin City an even more beautiful artist residency and collective!

Rewards

More details about our rewards are listed below.

Slip-cast porcelain screwdrivers by Jacki Whisenant '11 ($100 and $200 level)
Slip-cast porcelain screwdrivers by Jacki Whisenant '11 ($100 and $200 level)
All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive either a Popcorn mini-card by Jack Whisenant '11 or a Grin City postcard by Sophie Radl '12
All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive either a Popcorn mini-card by Jack Whisenant '11 or a Grin City postcard by Sophie Radl '12
Grin City Patch of our road sign ($10 level)
Grin City Patch of our road sign ($10 level)
T-shirt design #1 - Rorschach (limited sizes available) $25 level
T-shirt design #1 - Rorschach (limited sizes available) $25 level
T-shirt design #2 Grin City Landscape (all size available) $25 level
T-shirt design #2 Grin City Landscape (all size available) $25 level
"Supers" by Co-Director Molly Rideout with cover art by Jacki Whisenant '11 ($30 level
"Supers" by Co-Director Molly Rideout with cover art by Jacki Whisenant '11 ($30 level
sample drawing by Joe Lacina ($50 level) Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Joe's work. Your reward will be an original drawing yet to be created!
sample drawing by Joe Lacina ($50 level) Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Joe's work. Your reward will be an original drawing yet to be created!
Naughty Pills by Co-director Molly Rideout. Pill capsules containing words cut out of abandoned romance novels. The pills come in a glass bottle ($50 level and higher)
Naughty Pills by Co-director Molly Rideout. Pill capsules containing words cut out of abandoned romance novels. The pills come in a glass bottle ($50 level and higher)
"Queen Gidrea's Family Armor," by Chanel Matsunami Govreau '11. Prints are 18x24 unframed. Photo by Cory John Ploessl ($100  and $250 level)
"Queen Gidrea's Family Armor," by Chanel Matsunami Govreau '11. Prints are 18x24 unframed. Photo by Cory John Ploessl ($100 and $250 level)
"Compass Points" Original art work by Martha Tuttle '11 ($150 and $250 level). Each piece will vary slightly.
"Compass Points" Original art work by Martha Tuttle '11 ($150 and $250 level). Each piece will vary slightly.
Sample artwork by Collin Hatton '08, acrylic on paper ($80 and $150 level).  Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Collin's work. Your reward will be an original painting or print yet to be created!
Sample artwork by Collin Hatton '08, acrylic on paper ($80 and $150 level). Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Collin's work. Your reward will be an original painting or print yet to be created!
18"x24" Sample digital print by Daniel Wallace '08 (two options at the $100 level).  Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Daniel's work. Your reward will be an original single or triptych print yet to be created!
18"x24" Sample digital print by Daniel Wallace '08 (two options at the $100 level). Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Daniel's work. Your reward will be an original single or triptych print yet to be created!
36"x36" Sample acrylic painting by Joe Lacina ($500 level).  Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Joe's work. Your reward will be an original painting yet to be created!
36"x36" Sample acrylic painting by Joe Lacina ($500 level). Note: This is not the exact reward you will receive. This is an example of Joe's work. Your reward will be an original painting yet to be created!
Our first Nano Structure still in progress. This 8'x8' mini-studio is built on skids to be transported to any part of the Grin City property. Have one built for Grin City with your name and style in mind! ($2,000 level)
Our first Nano Structure still in progress. This 8'x8' mini-studio is built on skids to be transported to any part of the Grin City property. Have one built for Grin City with your name and style in mind! ($2,000 level)

More About our Contributing Artists

Jacki Whisenant

Erik Jarvis

Molly Rideout

Joe Lacina

Chanel Matsunami Govreau

Martha Tuttle

Collin Hatton

Daniel Wallace

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Grin City Collective's staff is highly qualified to complete the studio renovations planned in this project. Co-Director Joe Lacina will be heading renovations. He is also Co-founder of the Philadelphia-based art gallery Extra Extra and his four years in gallery work proves he knows how to make a truly creative space. There is nothing at Grin City he hasn't been able to fix. Tom Lacina, who built our current artist studios, will contribute additional expertise and help. All electrical and HVAC work will be done by local professionals who have worked closely with the Grin City property for decades.

One challenge which we will face is acquiring and maintaining the volunteer force necessary for such a large-scale renovation project. As Director of the Grinnell Area Arts Council, Molly Rideout knows how to mobilize the volunteer troops. We are certain that our network of artists, local students from Grinnell College and Grinnell High School, community and board members will be able to fill this task.

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    Local foods dinner for 2 with current artists-in-residence. In July of next year, we invite you to a dinner party with our Emerging Artists in Residence. Food will be locally-sourced with much coming from our own garden. Dinner will conclude with a studio and grounds tour and discussion with our artists. Guests must provide their own transportation to Grin City.

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