Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Roderick H. Massey AKA Rod Massey
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
August 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Massey will produce a series of paintings of local industrial sites, focusing on the abstract forms and compositions found within these scenes. He will exhibit this work at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, in October 2013.
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
Eileen Cohen: Ceramic artist; Lisa Mathieson: Multidisciplinary artist, glasswork; Charles Matson Lume: Visual artist; professor of art, School of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Elizabeth Miller: Mixed media artist; John Ready: Gallery director, craft and metalsmith artist, LaCrescent; Kimberlee Roth: Ceramic artist; Matthew Rucker: Painter; Anastasia Ward: Sculptor; Thomas Willis: Ceramicists
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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)

I want to devote six months of intensive study and work to producing a series of closely-related artworks, evolving and enhancing my skills for similar projects in the future. The evaluation will be simply the level of success in producing worthy individual paintings as well as a cohesive body of work. 2: A new collection of work that is a clear departure from previous paintings will be of interest to those who know my work and will attract a larger audience. The level of attendance, i.e., interest in the work, feedback from the community, sales will be the measure.

Measurable Outcome(s)

My project went well and mostly as anticipated. I produced more work than originally planned and had a well-received solo exhibit at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis last autumn. I feel it was a strong and cohesive body of work. This new direction in subject matter and style is one I intend to continue to pursue. 2: My exhibit at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis last fall entitled Land Available was very well attended over the course of five weeks. The departure from previous subject matter was quite positively received and resulted in reasonably strong sales. More than half of the exhibited works sold (mostly small) and the Gallery has retained many of the remaining pieces.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Roderick H. Massey AKA Rod Massey
(612) 822-9120
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