Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Laurie A. Schneider AKA Laurie Schneider
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
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)

Cultivate artistic talent and skill through training and by exploring documentary as a new way of working. Create a documentary traveling exhibit. Create a successful traveling exhibit and companion program to show in a number of art and community venues. Receive excellent interest and response from a varied audience. 2: Replace an outdated camera so I can do more demanding documentary work. Get software training to improve retouching skills and improve work flow. The new camera will allow me to react faster in a photojournalistic style to create an engaging documentary. Become expert with Lightroom/Photoshop to efficiently retouch, edit and manage library of images.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Cultivate artistic talent through a new challenging way of working - the documentary. This series is a departure technically and creatively. Before this, my photos were staged in pre-constructed scenes. With this new series, I was forced to work spontaneously in difficult environments. I've not only mastered a new way of photography but also this has opened up a whole new way of looking at art with an understanding of historical and community value. 2: 2013 I purchased an EOS Mark II 5D which has higher resolution RAW files and a faster shutter. This enables me to work faster and especially in the field doing the sustainable farming documentary work. Also it allows me to use the lenses I have without any cropping on the edges because there is a full sensor in this camera. The software in the camera is also compatible with the newer photo editing software. The RAW files can be adjusted in a very refined manner and efficiently in Photoshop CS6 and Bridge. This software and camera have allowed me to photograph better looking images, shoot in situations that I was not able to squeeze into before, and have larger files with better resolution. I also had training in Photoshop CS6. This has increased my knowledge base and enabled me to work more efficiently with image files. As a result of this equipment, software and training, I am a more solid professional photographer and create imagery in ways I could not before.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Schneider will produce a photo documentary and traveling exhibition about sustainable farming in Minnesota, with a companion program and artist talk.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Laurie A. Schneider AKA Laurie Schneider
(651) 351-1100
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