Dana Sikkila.....Visual Artist, Educator, Administrator, and Arts Advocate
Artist Statement
My work displays through visual repetition, the obsessive relationships between a woman and her favorite things. Objects and animals provide her companionship, creating coves of comfort and ease, interacting in unconventional situations built inside the white-walled space.

Through printmaking and large scale installation the viewer is confronted with these obsessive natures. Repeating images move from wall to wall, showcasing a larger form deriving from one single shape.
These installations overtake the vertical surface, turning atypical tendencies into a humorous, almost adorable mental mess; which represents the psyche, conjuring these problems onto thousands of pieces of paper and products.
Arts Administration Lectures and Workshops
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An Alternative way to be an Artistic Leader Series

“An Alternative way to be an Artistic Leader” Series are educational and entertaining lectures and workshops held by Mankato Minnesota Artist, Educator, and Administrator Dana Sikkila. Over the course of six years Sikkila has created, developed, and sustained a hands-on creative community throughout areas of southern Minnesota, connecting youth, universities, and community members into the arts to work together. With her hands-on approach to arts administration, Sikkila has created creative networks that branch over many fields, making the arts accessible to all. This balance of working with artists, organizations, businesses, and government has caught the eyes of many, but Sikkila still keeps to her grassroots style of administration, giving priority to the artists. These lectures tell about projects and programming she has developed and organized, examples include biking across Minnesota to connect artists, leading puppet making marches, and building mentor programs in which youth connect directly to artists. Through her own art space, the 410 Project, which is volunteer-managed, she proves that an artist-run space can sustain itself alongside million dollar organizations and one person can truly make one big wave.
These workshops give you a great insight into professional practices of working in the creative fields as well hearing Sikkila's viewpoints of how art, artists, and communities can create together and how sometimes we all have to get dirty for the greater good of our communities.

Workshops:
What Comes After Art School
Artist Statement and Elevator Speech Writing
Funding for Artists
Promoting Yourself and Your Work
Elements and Principals of Art
How to Write and Critique Art