portrait of Alyssa Baguss

Alyssa Baguss


Exploring New Ways of Funding Experimental Public Art

Baguss is passionate about inspiring artists to pursue new ideas and finding them ways to financially support their experimental public art projects. With the Mid-Career Professional Development Grant, she plans to advance this calling through developing her entrepreneurial mindset, exploring alternative philanthropic business models and applying her findings to two experimental public art projects in 2021. This path of inquiry will support Baguss in preparing her application for the Bush Fellowship in 2021.

Baguss’s practice explores mediated natural environments through drawing processes and interactive creative experiences. Her work has been exhibited in Minnesota and regionally, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Burnet Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Rochester Art Center. Baguss is a 2017, 2019 and 2021 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the Forecast Public Art Mid-career Project Grant in 2020 and a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellow in 2017-18.

Baguss was previously a Forecast 2020 Mid-Career Project Grantee.

The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.