Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Erika G. Ritzel
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
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)

Publishing a book will make my body of work stronger and give me a better chance of being accepted by galleries and considered by publishers. The outcome will be achieved if I establish more gallery exhibitions and opportunities for future publications. 2: I will give talks at regional community colleges and donate a copy of the book to art libraries within Minnesota. Brief surveys will be given out after the talks to gauge the interest of the subject matter and see how the project relates to their lives.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The outcome has been achieved because with the published book I have been able to enter more gallery exhibitions and opportunities that are specific to photo books. I am currently waiting to hear about acceptance in multiple galleries and museums. 2: I gave talks about my photographic work and the book project at Anoka Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and at Inver Hills Community College during the fine arts festival. There was a question and answer period after each lecture and a brief survey was given out.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ritzel will complete the project, Changing Hands, about estate sales and auctions. A book will be published to promote the work and she will give talks at community colleges in the Twin Cities and Rochester.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Erika G. Ritzel
(618) 203-9430
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
Michal Daniel: Professional Photographer, live entertainment, theater, Minneapolis; Anna Eveslage: Photographer, Minneapolis; Ellen Kingsbury: Photographer; Michael Nordin: Photographer, Duluth; Suzanne Szucs: Artist, writer, photographer, and educator, Rochester; Robert Wilde: Photographer, sculptor, Dassel; Former faculty member, College of St. Benedict, St. John's University,Collegeville; Bonnie Wilson: Consulting curator, librarian and archivist; Minnesota Historical Society, Oakdale
Conflict of Interest Disclosed