Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Brett C. Kallusky
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
March 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Work collaboratively with colleagues to gain their feedback and learn new technical skills in a medium I am not familiar with. The successful publication of my book and ability to share it with students and the public will be a tangible evaluation of whether or not I was able to incorporate feedback, expand my artistic abilities and learn new technical skills. 2: Create a book and distribute, market, and do self-promotion with the book to further my artistic career. The successful publication and distribution (donation and sales) of my book will show that I was able to develop business skills needed to support my professional career through self-promotion.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to get feedback through studio visits from colleagues in the photography community, and learned a lot about the skill sets required for creating a book of photographs. These learning opportunities came through engagement with graphic designers, pre-press operators, and local vendors. The book was published as run of 250 copies. 2: I brought copies of my book to the 2014 SPE National Conference, was able to sell, trade, and donate copies to book wholesalers, other artists, and have it reviewed by other professionals in my field at a national venue. From this my book was picked up for sale via two separate outlets (one in Spain, and one in Georgia). I was also able to get listed in the Indie Photobook Library collection, The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Kallusky will publish a limited-edition, hand-made photography book. The book will be presented both as an art object and item for purchase at a book release event.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Brett C. Kallusky
(612) 810-6959
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Gloria Brush: Chair and professor of photography, University of Minnesota Duluth.; Christopher Faust: Photographer, large-scale images, landscapes, St. Paul; John Gregor: Photographer, Two Harbors; David Luke: Photographer, faculty, Normandale Community College; Anthony Marchetti: Photographer, instructor; Kimberlee Whaley: Photographer; Senior Photographer, Goldstein Museum of Design; Petronella Ytsma: Photographer, Faculty member, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600