Dana Sikkila


Visiting Instructor in Art and Art History

Dana Sikkila Biography:

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. At just 31 years old, Sikkila has built herself as one of the leading creative leaders of Southern Minnesota. 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 bring arts and arts programing to southern Minnesota as well holding an arts adjunct professor position at MNSU, Mankato. 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.

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, Hennipen Theatre Trust, and University of Minnesota.

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 2017 Women's Center and President's Commission on the Status of Women's “ Women's Courage and Vision Award”, 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, featured artist on PBS's Off 90 2017, and 2016 Post Cards, Pioneer's PBS Art TV Program, and KEYC's Jefferson Good Person Award. 

Courses Taught

ART-115 (The Day Course) and ART-299 (Junior Seminar)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-299 Junior Seminar 1 2018/SP