Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Brandon K. Lepasti
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details

Lepasti will continue photographing peoples' lives on the Iron Range, showcasing his work in a solo exhibition in the Twin Cities.

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
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)

Given the project timeline and the amount of money I will be accountable for, the Artist Initiative grant will help me stay motivated, focused, and structured. Ultimately, I will know that I have achieved outcome 1 if I have a strong and cohesive new set of images to showcase in a solo exhibition by the end of the grant period. 2: The Artist Initiative grant will help enhance my communication and networking skills. The growth in these skills can be seen through the variety of people I photograph throughout the grant period.

Measurable Outcome(s)

My ultimate goal for this grant project was to create new images that were worthy enough to be included in my online and printed portfolios. I know that I achieved this because I included nine new images to my photography website and four new images to my printed portfolio. I have received positive feedback on these images so far. 2: It is an enormous responsibility to manage money given by a grant through the state of Minnesota. I am pleased to have kept under my budget, even having money to spare in the end. Although I had received a few rejections from people whom I had asked to photograph, I have gained more experience in approaching new subject matter and working with/relating to them throughout my photo shoots.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Brandon K. Lepasti
(612) 709-1608
Administered By
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