Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Hillary A. Berg
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
Mille Lacs
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Berg will produce “County Lines,” to document the individuals and scenes that represent the heart of small town Minnesota, creating a vivid survey of rural life. The work will be shown at Color Space Art and Imaging in Minneapolis and at a venue in Isanti.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Sara Belleau: Writer and photographer; Anna Eveslage: Photographer; Mark Jensen: Fine art photographer, founder and director of the Knife River Photography Workshops; Brett Kallusky: Visiting assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department, photography; Anthony Marchetti: Photographer, instructor; Terra Rathai: Artist and photographer, historian of 19th and 20th century western art and popular culture; Ellen Skoro: Digital photographer, Goldstein Museum of Design; Sarah Whiting: Commercial photographer, instructor at the Arts Institutes International Minnesota
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The photographs will be printed and shown in both Minneapolis and the town itself, encouraging dialogue regarding community, hardship, and purpose. The attendance at both exhibits will be indicative of the interest drawn to the project. Feedback and questions during the artist talk will suggest how the viewers react to the objectives, documentation, and effectiveness of the photographs. 2: A book of the photographs will also be printed and bound, to be distributed as a means of reaching a broader audience across Minnesota. The acceptance of the book in specific locations, such as galleries and libraries, is one way to measure the effectiveness of the book medium. It also ensures the images are circulating after the exhibition has closed.

Measurable Outcome(s)

111 visitors counted for CCA Exhibit, Business hours for Color Space Exhibit, 1,000+ Website views post CNN Article (Google Analytics), and twelve emails from national viewers. Attendee count was used to evaluate the exhibit's numeric success. Website traffic was also monitored to evaluate interest in the project. Upon professional critique, viewer response, and the artist's personal reflection, the level of quality of the work has been observed and well-received. 2: Thirty books produced, ten distributed to community members, ten remain available at Color Space, and ten will be used for future distribution. As the artist personally distributed these books, the numbers and recipients were collected.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Hillary A. Berg
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