Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Peter K. Pestalozzi
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Pestalozzi will kayak on Lake Superior and use observations in imagery, sketches, photographs, and notes of the experience as a source of inspiration for producing a new body of furniture pieces. He will exhibit this work in Grand Marais, Ely, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Minneapolis.
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 use the imagery, sketches, photographs, and notes from the experiences and observations on Lake Superior to design and develop five new furniture pieces. Apart from actually completing the pieces, peer reviews and public feedback at galleries and shows help assess success. 2: After completion of the new work, I plan to exhibit it at galleries in Grand Marais, Ely, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Minneapolis. Survey and total attendance at events. Monitor web traffic.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I spent time paddling at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I designed and built four new pieces. My idea of using photography as a path to aid with both the inspiration for and then the design process was successful. 2: 1. I showed work four different times with a comprehensive show of the work at Kess Gallery in Ely. 2. I gave a presentation to an Ely group that meets regularly on Tuesdays at lunch. 3. There was an article in a local newspaper Ely Echo. 4. A short radio interview to promote the opening of the show.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Peter K. Pestalozzi
(218) 340-5458
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