Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Carey A. Netherton
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Netherton will produce a series of maquettes and computer-generated proposals for potential public sculptures. The completed maquettes and support materials will be exhibited at a Twin Cities gallery.
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)

Through the completion of this project, I will develop my understanding of the processes associated with producing proposals for public art projects. I will personally assess this by my sense of self-growth and my expanded comfort level in preparing and proposing projects for public art opportunities. 2: By acquiring equipment and graphics skills, I will be significantly more capable of promoting my studio work and applying for opportunities in the arts. Acquiring equipment will be a clear technological advancement. The improvement of my business skills will be clearly evident in the quality of my subsequent promotional materials and my project proposals.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The first aspect of my project was to develop an understanding of technical and design issues associated with producing public works of sculpture. I confidently feel that I accomplished this goal. Through many hours of thought and contemplation I manifested sculptural designs that are consistent with my aesthetic voice. The designs took into consideration the plausibility of their production large-scale and their exposure to the elements and the public. I produced and exhibited these five maquettes in my exhibition CONTEMPLATING OUTSIDE: small works, at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in January and February, 2014. 2: The second aspect of my project was to acquire equipment and to hone my abilities in documenting and promoting my designs. With grant funds I purchased a computer, computer modelling programs, photo editing programs, a digital camera and other photography equipment. I explored and greatly improved my abilities with computer modelling, which aided design development and troubleshooting. With guidance from an area graphic designer, I furthered my understanding of photo editing and image integration. These new skills, in conjunction with the new equipment, allowed me to photograph and visually blend my maquettes into realistic environments. The images, which make the maquettes look large-scale, were shown with the maquettes in my exhibition CONTEMPLATING OUTSIDE: small works at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Carey A. Netherton
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