Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Beth A. Priestley AKA Robyn Beth Priestley
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Priestley will develop a series of mixed-media block prints that focus on the ecology of twenty-six of MinnesotaÆs state parks. Her work will be exhibited at the AZ Gallery in St Paul.
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
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)

Create new work uniting art and ecology, get professional help and documentation for a new portfolio, and learn about publishing opportunities. The completed work has resulted in a new portfolio, exhibition and possible publication, has creatively expanded my artwork, has positively affected my career through learning new market and publishing skills, and created contacts and opportunities. 2: Reach a family, outdoors-oriented audience via an exhibition, revised website, and possible publication, and provide engaging didactic information. The work was able to reach a nature and outdoors-oriented family audience that normally does not attend arts events, reflected in attendance at the exhibition, interest in the published work, the online presence, and other outreach opportunities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Over 26 new pieces with informational labels on the ecology depicted; exhibition with over 800 visitors; extensive media coverage; and opportunities for commissions and traveling exhibition. 2: Exhibition reached outdoors oriented audience, as evidenced by gallery and online comments; worked with two professional writers, one of which is a well-known exhibition and natural history author to create informational labels; exhibition will be traveling.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Beth A. Priestley AKA Robyn Beth Priestley
(651) 776-5569
Administered By
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St. Paul, MN 55104

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