Litchfield, MN native Dana Sikkila received her Master of Arts in Printmaking as well as her Non Profit Leadership Certificate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Still based in Mankato she concentrates on making her art work as well as being Executive Director of the 410 Project, Community Art Space, a volunteer managed art space bringing accessible arts and arts programing to southern Minnesota, as well as holding an arts adjunct professor position at MNSU, Mankato.
In 2015 Sikkila was voted by Minnesota Monthly Magazine as one of Minnesota's Up and Coming Artist under the age of 30. Her art work combines printmaking, sculpture, and performance with an impressively anarchic sense of scale and playfulness. Her work has been viewed all over the state in places such as the Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, Macy's Department Store, Minnesota Children's Museum, Hennipen Theatre Trust, University of Minnesota in St. Paul, and Ridgewater College in Willmar as well as Hutchinson Minnesota.
Since 2014 Sikkila has served as a board member for the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Minnesota Citizen's for the Arts, as well as a Grant Review Panelist, and Artistic Evaluator for the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Over the past six years of being Director of the 410 Project she's introduced numerous art programs and special events for both children and adults to help strike creativity, positive self esteem, and art awareness in all of Southern Minnesota. Besides these duties Sikkila has received numerous awards including Mankato Free Press 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business, 2015-2016 Art Educators of Minnesota "Distinguished Service Outside the Field" Recognition, 2015 Mankato's YWCA Young Woman of Distinction, 2015 Woman of Courage and Vision from MNSU Mankato, featured artist on Post Cards, Pioneer's PBS Art TV Program, and KEYC's Jefferson Good Person Award.