Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Laura E. Pereira
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Pereira will conduct entomological research to produce and frame a series of encaustic paintings based on this research. She will exhibit this work in 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)

I will conduct research and expand my experience with encaustic painting to further my artistic abilities. I will meet with mentor artists to discuss my progress. 2: I will produce a culminating exhibit of the resulting artwork in order to engage Minnesota audiences with my work. I will provide a comment book at the exhibition and take comments on my website.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I spent a large amount of time exploring many new encaustic tools and materials. I also took an advanced encaustic workshop from Jeff Hirst. Jeff has been an encaustic mentor to me since I took my first workshop with him several years ago. One of the requirements of the class was to bring some kind of non-traditional surface to work on. Since I previously have worked in book arts, I brought an old book. In talking with Jeff we both agreed that this is a natural and exciting transition for me since much of my work relies on visual connections. Using my research on the development of winged insects, I began working with the flow between pages and am exploring more narrative possibilities. 2: The show at Flow Art Space has helped introduce more people to encaustic painting and to my work. According to Google Analytics, starting in October (just prior to the opening of the show) the visits to my website increased by 605%. The average visit duration went up 358%, the average page views increased by 74%, and the average of pages per visit increased by 205% when compared to the same time period last year. Most people that I spoke with at the show and in conversation about what I was doing with the grant money had never come in contact with encaustics before. At the Friends School where I work, I had numerous conversations with both parents (many of whom are artists themselves) and students about how encaustic works. A group of parents has also asked me to do a workshop for them as a fundraiser for the school as a result of the grant activities.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Laura E. Pereira
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