Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Valerie S. Jenkins
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

With the help of a hired designer, I learned how to create a web site. I also learned how to stabilize the surface of large scale graphite drawings by applying a thin layer of wax over the drawing. Overall, both of these projected outcomes were very successful. I also completed two exhibitions, one largely serving a St Paul audience and the other in Minneapolis. 2: I used the web site as a part of the promotional materials that I assembled and sent to a wide range of galleries, art consultants and art dealers. While the overall effectiveness is still undetermined, i.e. I have not yet received any commitments from this activity regarding the sale or exhibition of my work, I do believe as a professional practice this activity is critical. Ongoing engagement and follow-up is taking place, from this perspective the activity was highly valuable as a promotional tool.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Jenkins will document past work, create a Web site, and create marketing tools to support her artistic career. She will also explore encaustic methods as a way to "fix" finished drawings and will exhibit her work at the College of Visual Arts and at the
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Valerie S. Jenkins
(612) 781-9125
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
Amy Cass: Pottery instructor, The Crossings. Member, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. Artist and part-time product potter, Red Wing Stoneware.; Deborah Cooter: Fiber artist; Bradley Durham: Artist and educator; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist.; Ka Ly Bliatia: Founder, Os.Couture. Multidisciplinary artist, organizer, and consultant. Musician with Pupils of the Storm.; Carey Netherton: Founder and owner, Netherwerks Sculpture Studio, LLC. Sculptural metal/welding and blacksmithing instructor, Minnetonka Center for the Arts.; Mary Ann Papanek-Miller: Professor and chair of the department of art, media, and design, DePaul University. Mixed media artist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed