Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Terry L. Gydesen
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
January 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Gydesen will document the 2012 election cycle, focusing on issues unique to the state of Minnesota. She will also create an interactive Web site with words and images to encourage dialogue, debate, and education.
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, 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
Donald Clark: Professor of art and photography, Minnesota State University Moorhead.; Peter Eide: Photographer; Peter Johnson: Visual artist, founder of Seeing the Big Riveràthru art and service.; Vivienne Morgan: Photographer, adjunct professor at Bemidji State University; Karen Stout-Heller: Visual artist; Kimberlee Whaley: Senior photographer, Goldstein Museum of Design, and co-founder of The MVA Studio.
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

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I think of myself primarily as a visual historian. It was historic that Minnesota was the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. I never dreamed that in the same year a marriage equality bill would pass as well. It was a great time to be documenting history in Minnesota with such emotion on each side of this issue. 2: Having my new website done with the blog incorporated was invaluable and long overdue. I now can change and update my site as I wish. I received many compliments about the site and ease of use. It will serve my needs for years to come.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Terry L. Gydesen
(612) 623-9372
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