Litchfield, MN native Dana Sikkila received her Master of Arts 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 Art Gallery, a volunteer managed art space bring arts and arts programing to the Mankato community 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 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. Over the past three 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.< Back