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Sartell Mill Project


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Sartell Mill Project


Sartell Paper Mill Project

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Made of repurposed tank from the fallen mill. (c) Heidi Jeub, 2015 Powdercoated by All-Pro, St. Cloud Fabrication Assistance by Northside Welding, Sauk Rapids

Made of repurposed tank from the fallen mill. (c) Heidi Jeub, 2015

Powdercoated by All-Pro, St. Cloud

Fabrication Assistance by Northside Welding, Sauk Rapids

 
Artist, Joshua Faye, and fabricator, Jacob Smith, created this bench with scraps of the mill. 2015  

Artist, Joshua Faye, and fabricator, Jacob Smith, created this bench with scraps of the mill. 2015

 

 
"Absence" by Christopher Zlatic, 2015, made from valve covers, LED lighting, acrylic

"Absence" by Christopher Zlatic, 2015, made from valve covers, LED lighting, acrylic

"Absence" night view

"Absence" night view

 
Welds from a time past seeps through the gateway piece. 

Welds from a time past seeps through the gateway piece. 

 
Bikerack beefed up with gears and skyline by Joe Schulte, 2015

Bikerack beefed up with gears and skyline by Joe Schulte, 2015

 

2014-2016 Watab Creek Park, Sartell, Minnesota

The Sartell Mill Functional Art project will be implemented based on careful research of both materials and historical relevance of the Verso Paper Mill. The community is currently watching 100 years tumble down, and this is the only attempt to actively obtain and utilize the parts of the mill that tells a story.

Each artist selected created works based on their interaction with mill employees and community members. They researched the history of the mill, and with their individual aesthetic point of view, created strong design ideas that the community will benefit from for years to come.

The timing of this project was very delicate. We were responding to the fact that the mill is coming down and will no longer be part of the skyline by winter of 2015. The demolition site was massive, and the demolition company was very cooperative to let us tour the space several times, and tag the items that may be useful to the project. Developing trust and a relationship with an international company is a noteworthy achievement and we are grateful for their cooperation.

We found it especially illuminating when the coal shaft ignited on August 6th, just two days after our artist tour. This enabled us to see first hand the emotional responses of those who have lived in the community or worked in the mill. One post said, "Pit in the stomach and a lump in my throat all over again." This made us realize the impact of this building. It is not only a place of work, but a symbol of place and purpose. Anything we, as the artists, can do to give the community something to touch and see, will be worth it.

Documenting and honoring the history of the mill and its workers through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board is an opportunity that only happens once in a lifetime. 
 

 


CREATIVE TEAM

The creative team for this project brings together different aesthetics and career levels to make this project a dynamic opportunity for the city of Sartell.

 

Having an interest in architecture, Heidi Jeub attended college in Missouri to find out that her gut said no to the field, but to continue to explore the areas of interest in art. Her interest in architecture never subsided, becoming a helpful sense once she began working as a gallery coordinator in various organizations, institutions and galleries. The relationship of art, space, and audience is like a small scale architectural design. This experience is an important part of this project. Heidi served as the executive director of Visual Arts Minnesota from 2010 - 2014, an organization that creates opportunities for visual artists to exhibit and promote their work. She is currently studying at the University of Minnesota, pursuing her masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership. She teaches residencies regularly, throughout Minnesota, as a rostered artist with both COMPAS and formerly (after moving) a TARP artist with the Central Minnesota Arts Board. Her residencies have concentrated on visual journaling, healthy collaborations, abstract art and design thinking.   

Having an interest in architecture, Heidi Jeub attended college in Missouri to find out that her gut said no to the field, but to continue to explore the areas of interest in art. Her interest in architecture never subsided, becoming a helpful sense once she began working as a gallery coordinator in various organizations, institutions and galleries. The relationship of art, space, and audience is like a small scale architectural design. This experience is an important part of this project.


Heidi served as the executive director of Visual Arts Minnesota from 2010 - 2014, an organization that creates opportunities for visual artists to exhibit and promote their work. She is currently studying at the University of Minnesota, pursuing her masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership. She teaches residencies regularly, throughout Minnesota, as a rostered artist with both COMPAS and formerly (after moving) a TARP artist with the Central Minnesota Arts Board. Her residencies have concentrated on visual journaling, healthy collaborations, abstract art and design thinking. 
 

Kyle Fokken was born in the small farming town of Clara City, Minnesota, a town with little to do but entertain yourself with your imagination. After high school, Kyle became the first person in his family to go to college and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Ceramics from Minnesota State University at St. Cloud State University.  Kyle has shown in multiple museums and art centers and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. 

Kyle Fokken was born in the small farming town of Clara City, Minnesota, a town with little to do but entertain yourself with your imagination. After high school, Kyle became the first person in his family to go to college and graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Ceramics from Minnesota State University at St. Cloud State University.  Kyle has shown in multiple museums and art centers and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. 

Joshua Fay will graduate this semester with a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from St Cloud State University. He has had a large number of exhibits, as well as curatorial experience from working with the student run Gallery Vault and the Artist Student Union. In 2013, he interned Sizzling Summer Art Crawl, responsible for connecting business in St Cloud with local artists. 

Joshua Fay will graduate this semester with a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from St Cloud State University. He has had a large number of exhibits, as well as curatorial experience from working with the student run Gallery Vault and the Artist Student Union. In 2013, he interned Sizzling Summer Art Crawl, responsible for connecting business in St Cloud with local artists. 

Joe Schulte, Fabrication Director/Industrial Arts Teacher at Sartell High School,has extensive experience in mild-steel fabrication. From new steel fabrication, to modification and innovation of existing products, he has over 20 years experience in fabrication, building, and problem solving. He has taught pre-engineering and design thinking courses through the Nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way program for the past 6 years. Furthermore, Joe is a life-long resident whose father and Godfather were both mill employees, and is invested in his community. He seeks to make connections between industry, community, and education.

Joe Schulte, Fabrication Director/Industrial Arts Teacher at Sartell High School,has extensive experience in mild-steel fabrication. From new steel fabrication, to modification and innovation of existing products, he has over 20 years experience in fabrication, building, and problem solving. He has taught pre-engineering and design thinking courses through the Nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way program for the past 6 years. Furthermore, Joe is a life-long resident whose father and Godfather were both mill employees, and is invested in his community. He seeks to make connections between industry, community, and education.

Native to Sartell, growing up in Rice, Christopher Zlatic was enrolled in the Sartell school district in middle and high school. By the time he went to college, the stack at the Champion/Verso Paper Mill had become permanently etched into his mind as the defining visual landmark of the city. Chris is an emerging artist living in Rice, with a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is active in the arts of Central Minnesota, a volunteer board member of Visual Arts Minnesota, helping manage arts programming. He has displayed his work in numerous St. Cloud Art Crawls and has done art demonstrations during them, as well. He has helped coordinate numerous events for Visual Arts Minnesota, like the Pop-Up art galleries and the 34th Annual High School Art Competition, helping him develop a strong capacity to collaborate and work with a team of artistic people in a creative setting. Chris has been documenting the Verso demolition since it began in the fall of 2013. 

Native to Sartell, growing up in Rice, Christopher Zlatic was enrolled in the Sartell school district in middle and high school. By the time he went to college, the stack at the Champion/Verso Paper Mill had become permanently etched into his mind as the defining visual landmark of the city. Chris is an emerging artist living in Rice, with a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is active in the arts of Central Minnesota, a volunteer board member of Visual Arts Minnesota, helping manage arts programming. He has displayed his work in numerous St. Cloud Art Crawls and has done art demonstrations during them, as well. He has helped coordinate numerous events for Visual Arts Minnesota, like the Pop-Up art galleries and the 34th Annual High School Art Competition, helping him develop a strong capacity to collaborate and work with a team of artistic people in a creative setting. Chris has been documenting the Verso demolition since it began in the fall of 2013. 

Custom motorcycle specialist, Jacob Smith,  worked with Joshua Faye. Jacob has over a decade of experience in metal fabrication and welding, utilizing his skills and talent to create one-of-a-kind motorcycles, sculptures and gates.

Custom motorcycle specialist, Jacob Smith,  worked with Joshua Faye. Jacob has over a decade of experience in metal fabrication and welding, utilizing his skills and talent to create one-of-a-kind motorcycles, sculptures and gates.